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Hometown Hero: Diane Monroe

By Suzanne Cloud Diane Monroe is a rare gem of a musician whose original compositions and arrangements have garnered accolades from both the classical and jazz worlds, and she continues to bridge the divide. Monroe was recognized in 2018 with…

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Let Freedom Ring

// A meditation on the trickiness of Black History Month By Gerald Veasley // When my youngest daughter was in middle school, I discovered that Black History Month was a tricky proposition. Her sixth-grade teacher’s announcement of the February events…

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announces grant award to WRTI

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDFC), the largest national funder of jazz, has announced grant awards to Philly’s own WRTI and Jazz Philadelphia. WRTI will receive a grant of up to $275,000, spread over three years, to provide general operating…

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Hometown Hero: Justin Faulkner

By A.D. Amorosi Jazz and community. Jazz and activism. Jazz and family.  These aren’t just words for West Philadelphia drummer, composer, and educator Justin Faulkner. They’re life lines, ideas on which to act, interact and intercede, to work toward, play…

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Hometown Hero: Sumi Tonooka

By Shaun Brady | Photo courtesy of the artist Awarded a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America in 2019, pianist/composer Sumi Tonooka found herself inspired by the root systems of trees. Above ground they may appear self-sufficient, tall…

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New Documentary Shines a Light on the Legendary Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts Educator Lovett Hines talks about survival and what’s next

by Jazz Philadelphia | photo courtesy of scribe.org Precious places exist all around Philadelphia, and tonight, one of the city’s most important jazz clubs will be celebrated in a Scribe Video center documentary, which is free for the public to…

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Hometown Hero: Albert “Tootie” Heath

By Suzanne Cloud | Photo by Michael Perez It was quite a place to grow up for a young man. His home at 1927 Federal Street in South Philadelphia was the place for musicians to hang and jam with his…

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The Revolutionary Spirit of Jazz on MLK Day

Illustration by Eric Battle

Martin Luther King, Jr. honored in inspirational Philadelphia collaboration by Jazz Philadelphia | Illustration by Eric Battle “Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that…

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HOMETOWN HERO: PABLO BATISTA

 By Steven Bryant | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN Latin jazz percussionist Pablo Batista has developed a reputation as one of most versatile and hardworking players in Latin jazz, modern jazz, and in R&B and funk circles. Born…

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Immanuel Wilkins: In His Solitude

A young jazz impresario talks about his recent accolades, and the joy of sitting alone with music By Bobbi Booker | Photo by Chris Longyne A couple of weeks ago, Immanuel Wilkins, 23, was awakened at home in Upper Darby…

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