Jazz Philadelphia

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Money for Artists

Don’t miss out on grants for jazz tours and musician residencies  By Olivia Hughart The COVID-19 pandemic has left an unprecedented amount of work for us to heal and recover as a jazz community. We are consistently looking for more…

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Hometown Hero: Papo Vázquez

by Shaun Brady | Photo Courtesy of the Artist In Puerto Rico, where trombonist/bandleader Papo Vázquez spent a significant portion of his childhood, there’s a Christmas tradition called the Parranda. A combination of Christmas caroling and Carnival parade, the festivities…

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Hometown Hero: Tony Miceli

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo courtesy of the artist Tony Miceli is one of those characters who, if they didn’t exist, he would have had to create: a musician as deeply into big rock as he is intimate jazz, a…

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Coltrane Watch: Demolition Update, Community Planning

by Suzanne Cloud The Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation (SMCDC) issued a press release on the status of the Coltrane House on May 3, 2021, and I called Tonnetta Graham, President of the SMCDC, the next day to get some…

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Hometown Hero: Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon

by Matt Silver | photo courtesy of the artist There’s a lot you can do with a sense of rhythm, a way with words, and a knack for telling a good story, but you have to be willing to persevere. …

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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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