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Hometown Hero: Christian McBride

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by R. Andrew Lepley While acclaimed bassist and bandleader Christian McBride has toured internationally, appeared on more than 300 recordings as a sideman and is a six-time Grammy Award winner, he’s never forgotten his regional…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: Ars Nova Workshop

The Ars Nova Workshop (ANW) team has been busy during COVID-19 isolation. “We’re still dreaming up ways to support our heroes, including some virtual concerts, some commissioning, and we continue to work on our annual festival, our podcast, our upcoming…

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Hometown Hero: Immanuel Wilkins

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Chris Longyne Upper Darby-raised, Julliard School of Music graduate Immanuel Wilkins could have done anything. He started playing violin at age 3, moved to the piano at 4, was a child of the church,…

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Hometown Hero: Larry McKenna

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by Melissa Gilstrap Hailed as one of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is firmly rooted in his Philadelphia birthplace where he has spent over six decades showcasing a gorgeous tenor saxophone sound….

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Hometown Hero: Hiruy Tirfe

By A.D. Amorosi | Photo by Lidia Peterson At 24 years of age, saxophonist Hiruy (Henry) Tirfe is killing it. Not only has the Upper Darby-raised-and-schooled musician, in his brief career, already studied with the likes of composer-educator Anthony Tidd…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: Jazz Bridge Project

By Rhenda Fearrington The very mission of the Jazz Bridge Project is to assist Greater Philadelphia area jazz and blues artists in times of crisis. A mission such as this would have to be born out of love, where love…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: ACT4Music

An idea that started as a concept for an iPhone app a year ago has now come into fruition at the perfect time. “When the corona pandemic took over, the idea which I had been sporadically working on suddenly got…

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Hometown Hero: Marshall Allen

By Suzanne Cloud | Photograph by Colin M. Lenton Born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1924, Marshall Allen started on the clarinet at age ten. Eight years later, the time studying music stood him in good stead when he enlisted in…

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V-JAM Philly Session Leader: The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Maud Lyon, president of The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, sees the dire situation of the Philadelphia jazz community and is working to do something about it. “Jazz suffers from both the loss of work at nonprofit venues and the closing…

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Hometown Hero: Ruth Naomi Floyd

By Bobbi Booker | Photo by R. Carter Jazz vocalist-composer and photographer Ruth Naomi Floyd has been at the forefront of creating sacred jazz vocal settings for over 20 years. Born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Floyd…

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