Jazz Philadelphia

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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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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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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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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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Hometown Hero: Reggie Workman

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Frank Schindelbeck Reggie Workman is a busy man, just as busy now at age 82 as he was when he was 22 playing on records by Donald Byrd, Eric Dolphy, or his fellow Philadelphian,…

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Hometown Hero: Bobby Zankel

By Suzanne Cloud | Photo by Anthony Dean Composer and alto saxophonist Bobby Zankel never expected to stay in Philadelphia when he blew into town in 1975. “I thought it was going to be temporary. I didn’t think I was…

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Hometown Hero: Hailey Brinnel

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by Zamani Feelings Trombonist, vocalist, and educator Hailey Brinnel has been steeped in music her whole life. She was born into an entertainment family and grew up traveling throughout New England with her father, singer…

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Hometown Hero: Eric Wortham

By Bobbi Booker | Photos Provided by Musician Eric Wortham II was fascinated with music at an early age. As the son of a preacher, Wortham initially participated in the youth choir, with a desire to play drums before finding…

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Hometown Hero: Anthony Tidd

By A.D. Amorosi| Photo by Dimitri Louis “The way I look at it, ‘jazz’ is a lineage,” said London-to-Philadelphia transplant bassist, composer, and teacher-mentor Anthony Tidd. He’s reflecting on the fact that he’s as known for collaborations with nu-jazz masters…

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