Jazz Philadelphia

Category: Legend

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: Jymie Merritt

By Suzanne Cloud | Photo by Ryan Collerd Journalist Dorothy Kilgallen led off her popular New York Evening Journal column (syndicated in 140 papers) with a 1963 story about Philly bassist Jymie Merritt that traveled around the world. Turns out,…

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Hometown Hero: Wallace Roney

By Suzanne Cloud Trumpeter Wallace Roney died from complications of the COVID-19 virus on March 31, 2020 at the age of 59. But his life in Philadelphia and beyond will always make him a Hometown Hero. Born on May 25,…

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Hometown Hero: McCoy Tyner

By Suzanne Cloud Alfred McCoy Tyner was born in Philadelphia in 1938 to parents who had come to Philly from North Carolina for a better life. His father sang in the church choir and his mother had a beauty shop…

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