Community Resilience

Stories, Fundraisers, and Strategies from Philadelphia Musicians, Presenters, Venues and Studios

Coltrane Watch

The Opportunity By Suzanne Cloud There have been questions from some quarters about why there is such renewed interest in the Coltrane House, which can be roughly summarized with, “Where was the jazz community all the time the historic home was slowly…

Coltrane Watch: Demolition Permits and the Coltrane House

By Suzanne Cloud Questions surrounding how any person or business gets a demolition permit for a building are rampant in the jazz community, especially when it concerns the John Coltrane House at 1511 North 33rd Street, or in this case, the house…

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 support and…

Children of Adam Band utilizes outdoor rehearsal space and live stream videos to engage with their audience

Community News: Community Resilience.  After starting 2019 with a performance tour at George Mason University during Valentines Day and preparing for their upcoming international spring festival, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the Children of Adam Band’s 14-personnel tour schedule to a screeching halt…

Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project launches monthly Philly Jazz Zoom Rooms

Community News: Community Resilience. Due to COVID, the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project is presenting a free, monthly Philly Jazz Zoom Room to discuss books about Philly jazz, offer presentations about Philly jazz history, and musicians discussing the music. Their first Philly Jazz…

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 see when…

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 when his…

North Philly jazz tap dancer and business owner creates a livestream tap dance and jazz concert series

Community News: Community Resilience. Pamela Hetherington, a jazz tap dancer who owns a percussive dance space in North Philadelphia, had to keep her space locked down for 23 weeks out of 2020. She used the time to produce multiple live-stream tap dance…

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 fellow musicians…

Can Jazz Survive Without Its Clubs?

Stalwart Chris’s Jazz Cafe is among the treasures we have to lose, but there are bright spots by Suzanne Cloud Mark Deninno, chef and owner of Chris’ Jazz Café will freely admit that the club has been struggling through the pandemic. The…

Music duo create virtual lesson series and raise money for new album through pre-sales

Community News: Community Resilience. Brazilian music favorites Orlando and Patricia Haddad are keeping the music going through virtual concerts and lessons. They raised 70% for a new album among friends and fans and are looking to raise the rest through crowd funding and…


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