Jazz Philadelphia

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Hometown Hero: Suzanne Cloud

by A.D. Amorosi | photo by Anthony Dean Philadelphia’s Suzanne Cloud has maintained a life of making dynamic jazz and creating opportunities to benefit jazz, further jazz, and document jazz. So much so, on both sides of the ledger, that…

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Hometown Hero: Trapeta Mayson

By Bobbi Booker | Photo courtesy of the artist As Philadelphia’s fifth Poet Laureate, Trapeta Mayson merges her love of art with her love of community through words often accompanied by jazz music. Her poems often reflect her life story:…

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Hometown Hero: Tyrone Brown

by Suzanne Cloud | Photo ©sg koezle- info@jazzfoto.net Bassist and composer Tyrone Brown has been an all-around musical maestro in town for a long time. Leafing through the jazz listings of the last four decades in Philadelphia, it’s easy to…

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Hometown Hero: Shirley Scott

by A.D. Amorosi There are certainly unique and flavorful totems of what it means to be Philadelphian: soft pretzels, cheese-steaks and everything Tastykake. You can get them baked and doled out in other towns, but they’re never quite as delicious…

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Hometown Hero: Hasaan Ibn Ali

by Shaun Brady | Photo by Larry Fink For more than half a century, pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali has been the dark matter of Philadelphia jazz —a mysterious force whose presence has been felt more through his influence on others than…

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Hometown Hero: Jonathan Whitney

By Shaun Brady | Photo by Palmer Swanson Jonathan W. Whitney’s earliest memory is of a drum set arriving at his childhood home in Newark, Delaware. “It was a gold Ludwig set,” Whitney says, a trace of wonder in his…

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Hometown Hero: Arturo Stable

By Bobbi Booker | Photo via Creative Commons Latin jazz master percussionist Arturo Stable has been in motion his whole life, and working and living all over the world has allowed him to seamlessly shift though a myriad of musical…

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Hometown Hero: Michelle Lordi

by Shaun Brady | Photo Courtesy of the Artist The best jazz singers have a knack for connecting with audiences. Few musicians of any stripe share Michelle Lordi’s gift for creating them. While Lordi has graced the usual stages with…

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Hometown Hero: Yesseh Furaha-Ali

by Shaun Brady | Photo by Richard Conde When you grow up as the youngest of seven children, you quickly figure out how to set your ego aside. Saxophonist Yesseh Furaha-Ali learned that lesson as a child in Upper Darby,…

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Hometown Hero: Sonia Sanchez

By Bobbi I. Booker | Photo Courtesy of the Temple University Archives Poetry. Motion. Sound. For most of the 85 years Sonia Sanchez has existed, she has known and embraced the power of words and music, eventually merging both aspects into…

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