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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: 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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