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Josh Lee and The Extended Family with Nick Cruickshank and Philly Lindy Throwdown

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Nightlife meets….something new! It’s a free concert and a party – all powered by the brightest talent the region has to offer. From bebop to hip-hop, neo-soul to salsa, the music doesn’t stop! An eclectic series of performance events in partnership with Jazz Philadelphia, REC Philly, and MALPICA & AFROTAINO.

Partnered experience with Jazz Philadelphia

Featuring Josh Lee and The Extended Family and Philly Lindy Throwdown, Led by Nick Cruickshank

Saxophonist, bandleader, and Managing and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Lives Philadelphia, Joshua Lee is fully dedicated to the advancement of the Philadelphia jazz community. Joshua graduated from Temple University in 2016 and 2019 with both a Bachelors’s and Master’s degree in Jazz Performance. He has had the fortune of mentorship from musicians like Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, and Gary Smulyan on both the Philadelphia and New York scenes.

As a result, Joshua joined the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in June of 2018 and performs with them around the world while also serving as a regular substitute with groups like the Vanguard Jazz orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis’ Upton Jazz Orchestra, and Terell Stafford’s Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. Joshua joined the Jazz Faculty at Temple University in the fall of 2019, was awarded as one of Temple University’s 30 Under 30 in 2020, and joined the WRTI team in early 2021.

In jazz and jazz dance, innovation is the tradition. Lindy Hop, jazz dance, and jazz music have been around for over a hundred years, but the goal has never been to recreate the past, rather, it is to let the influences of the past combined with the vernacular of the present guide each step and shape. The dancers of Philly Lindy Throwdown aim to embody this feeling in their fast swingouts, their high-flying air steps, and their playful improvography, all done in tandem with and in response to live jazz music. Swing may sometimes feel like a journey through time, but the destination is always today. 

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