Jazz Philadelphia

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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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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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Local musician runs concert series aimed at bringing diverse people and creative genres together

Community News: Community Resilience. Erica Corbo hosts a monthly concert series called Warp Factor 9 (WF9) that has been running every third Thursday since March 2019 and pivoted to live-streaming on Facebook during the pandemic. The series gives Corbo and…

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Hometown Hero: Odean Pope

By A.D. Amorosi When it comes to the tradition of innovative Philadelphia tenor saxophonist-composers, Odean Pope is heavenly-high atop that list. Growing up, competitively, in the same North Philly neighborhoods where Benny Golson and John Coltrane lived would have that…

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Hometown Hero: Immanuel Wilkins

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Chris Longyne Upper Darby-raised, Julliard School of Music graduate Immanuel Wilkins could have done anything. He started playing violin at age 3, moved to the piano at 4, was a child of the church,…

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Hometown Hero: Terell Stafford

By Bobbi Booker Acclaimed trumpeter Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by the late piano legend McCoy Tyner. The acclaimed bandleader and recording artist has appeared on dozens…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: WXPN

Philadelphia has a unique, rich musical history, and WXPN has made it its mission to build a community focused on discovering that music and connecting artists with new audiences. The nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: WRTI

We’re excited to announce that we’re launching the Jazz Philadelphia Hometown Heroes series today in partnership with WRTI. For the rest of April, Tuesday through Saturday, we’ll publish profiles of artists who have called Philadelphia home, while WRTI celebrates their…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: OACCE

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is turning its attention to relief and recovering efforts, including collecting data on the economic impact of the shutdown directly from artists and organization/business leaders. We urge everyone in the…

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