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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: Nicholas Krolak

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Mikhail Bezruchko Philadelphia’s Nicholas Krolak is so in tune with nature and outdoor sporting preoccupations such as climbing that you actually begin to forget that he’s one of this city’s premier jazz stand-up bassist-composers,…

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Hometown Hero: Joey DeFrancesco

By Suzanne Cloud | Photo by Michael Woodall The story goes like this: Philadelphia pianist Eddie Green led a jam session at the Not Quite Cricket room at the Latham Hotel every Sunday, and it was always packed. One night…

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Hometown Hero: Wallace Roney

By Suzanne Cloud Trumpeter Wallace Roney died from complications of the COVID-19 virus on March 31, 2020 at the age of 59. But his life in Philadelphia and beyond will always make him a Hometown Hero. Born on May 25,…

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Hometown Hero: Lee Mo

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Yonnie Simon Whether singing jazz in a nuanced, mellow tone, tackling soul with sultry zeal, or hosting gospel’s tender spirituality with holy heft—there are no walls for Philly vocalist Lee Mo. Only open doors…

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Hometown Hero: Josh Lawrence

By Shaun Brady | Photo by Ola Baldych Trumpeter Josh Lawrence grew up in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, studying at Princeton High School with the tyrannical teacher caricatured in his classmate Damien Chazelle’s movie Whiplash. For the last four…

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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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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: The Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project

In 2018-2019 five Philadelphia jazz organizations—Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Philadelphia, and Ars Nova Workshop—engaged in a collaborative discovery process to explore how to preserve, interpret, and share Philadelphia’s expansive jazz…

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