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Hometown Hero: Diane Monroe

By Suzanne Cloud Diane Monroe is a rare gem of a musician whose original compositions and arrangements have garnered accolades from both the classical and jazz worlds, and she continues to bridge the divide. Monroe was recognized in 2018 with…

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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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Hometown Hero: Hailey Brinnel

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by Zamani Feelings Trombonist, vocalist, and educator Hailey Brinnel has been steeped in music her whole life. She was born into an entertainment family and grew up traveling throughout New England with her father, singer…

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Hometown Hero: Eric Wortham

By Bobbi Booker | Photos Provided by Musician Eric Wortham II was fascinated with music at an early age. As the son of a preacher, Wortham initially participated in the youth choir, with a desire to play drums before finding…

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Hometown Hero: Anthony Tidd

By A.D. Amorosi| Photo by Dimitri Louis “The way I look at it, ‘jazz’ is a lineage,” said London-to-Philadelphia transplant bassist, composer, and teacher-mentor Anthony Tidd. He’s reflecting on the fact that he’s as known for collaborations with nu-jazz masters…

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Hometown Hero: Randy Brecker

By Shaun Brady | Photo by Attila Kleb Trumpet great Randy Brecker is a legendarily prolific voice across the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and R&B. He became a pioneer of jazz-rock fusion with Blood, Sweat & Tears, then with…

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Hometown Hero: Laurin Talese

By Shaun Brady | Photo by Evan Doheny For Laurin Talese and Philly, it was love at first sight.  The singer’s first encounter with her adopted city was via a VHS tape rolled into her classroom at the Cleveland School…

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Hometown Hero: Mike Boone

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by Richard Timbers II As an enterprising young bassist, Mike Boone took what he initially thought was a detour from his New York City home to Philadelphia. Now, nearly four decades later he is firmly…

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