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News and thoughts about jazz in Philadelphia

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Our online publication Whole Notes includes our Hometown Heroes program of ongoing artist profiles, news, thoughts, community events, and stories, as well as features from our Philadelphia Jazz History Timeline.

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Features

The Philadelphia Youth Jazz Orchestra

New program division of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute

The Philadelphia Youth Jazz Orchestra (PYJO), a new program division of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute under the direction of Justin Faulkner, creates a unique opportunity for students to explore the origins of the American contribution to the sonic history of the world.

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Berks Arts Announces Second, Expanded “getJazzed Jams on the Road”

Attention: Music faculty, band leaders, teachers and students!

As part of a collaborative effort between Berks Arts, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, getJazzed, and community music schools in the region, students are invited to attend an afternoon of clinics and jam sessions with professional musicians and educators from across the region at THREE locations in 2023!

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News

Jazz Road Tours & Creative Residencies Webinar

Informational webinar by South Arts

Join the Jazz Road team on February 2 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET for a webinar about Jazz Road Tours and Creative Residencies, our vision for these grantmaking programs, and best practices on assembling an application. Register today!

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Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: January 2023

Grants, Scholarships, and Development for non-profits and individual artists

New: Jazz Road Tours grants

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Key of She Jazz Jam 2023

Free jazz jam with Key of She Jazz

Register NOW to reserve your spot for the next Key of She Jazz Event happening on February 18, 2023 at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Livestreaming available for those who aren’t near!

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Mid Atlantic Arts welcomes new Program Director, Jazz, Ernest Stuart

Update from our partner, Mid Atlantic Arts

Mid Atlantic Arts is pleased to introduce you to their new Program Director, Jazz, Ernest Stuart. Ernest will be responsible for leading and managing the Jazz Touring Network and grant support program, the Living Legacy Jazz Award selection process, and serving as Mid Atlantic’s liaison to the national Jazz Road program. Ernest has worked in the arts as a performer and event producer since graduating from Temple University.

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Stories

Spotlight on: Thaine Smith

CORE Cooperative

“Nothing has the same feeling of belonging as playing live with others! Ever since I started playing the guitar I wanted to perform original music live. It has always been a yearning of mine, and to make a living performing for others would be a true blessing.”

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Spotlight on: Hiruy Tirfe

CORE Cooperative

“Philadelphia means everything to me. I would love to see this city back on the map. My hope for Philadelphia as a jazz city is to bring back the value of our music, musicians, artists and lovers of the arts.”

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Spotlight on: Lora Sherrodd

CORE Cooperative

“Jazz music is an art form that stems from a place of oppression and the oppression of women is a subject that is rarely discussed within the genre. My hope is that writing this music will spark conversation about the current situation of women so that we can begin to create spaces for women in music.” 

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Spotlight On: Geraldine Oliver

CORE Cooperative

“Continuing my mission as a healer, I see using this music to help people heal. Heal their minds, hearts and spirits. Jazz is the healing force—my mantra.”

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Spotlight on: Kenny Rosario-Pugh

CORE Cooperative

“I love playing Jazz and the unique freedom improv gives me. I also want to be an important part of helping the Jazz scene in Philly to grow.”

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Events

The Philadelphia Youth Jazz Orchestra

New program division of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute

The Philadelphia Youth Jazz Orchestra (PYJO), a new program division of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute under the direction of Justin Faulkner, creates a unique opportunity for students to explore the origins of the American contribution to the sonic history of the world.

Read More

July Jazz Event Round-up

Concerts & festivals you wont want to miss

Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival, Hawthorne Park present Mid-Summer Jazz Fest, and Ledisi Sings Nina at the Mann Center.

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Two Philadelphia debuts at Ars Nova Workshop

Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days on May 6 and “Of Shadow and Substance” on May 8

Stranger Days is the acclaimed, adventurous quartet led by a third-generation member of one of jazz’s most innovative family trees and Of Shadow and Substance” is a newly commissioned work by sound artist Lea Bertucci, with an opening set by bassist Luke Stewart.

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Timeline

“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.” Dizzy Gillespie

Instagram

Walking into this new week like…

#Repost @philadelphiaeagles
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#ItsAPhillyThing | #FlyEaglesFly
#Repost @recphilly
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Applications close for Black Music City IN 2 DAYS and if you’re a creator of any kind that has been sleeping on a special idea, it’s time to get this bread!

In collaboration with @wxpnfm & @wrtimusic we’re giving away $125,000 in grant funding to over 30 creatives of color in our community. It’s LIT. 🔥

Apply while applications are still open using the 🔗 in our bio. Winners will be announced March 9th.
Saturday morning feels courtesy of @heathernomattertheweather
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Some goodness for your timeline... 🤎🎶

All of me in A-Flat 🎤😂

Here’s #ReddFoxx and #ScatmanCrothers performing All of Me with more than a slight nod to the great #LouisArmstrong.

#SanfordAndSon 📺 #bam #allofme #music #jazz #vibes #cool
🔥 Happy Birthday, Stephane Grappelli. 
#repost from @jazzcorner_: Everytime, we listen to #StephaneGrappelli, despite  sadness in his life...”I had to eat flies to ease my hunger,” we hear joy. He was inspired to play jazz after hearing Joe Venuti perform with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra. Grappelli co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt, and he went on to collaborate with such figures as Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, #PaulSimon, #McCoyTyner and #OscarPeterson.

#jazzcorner #jazz #violin #jazzviolin #jazzmusic #jazzmusician #jazzpiano #piano #pianist #master #jazzmaster #legend #jazzlegend #icon #jazzicon #musicicon #musiciansofinstagram #songoftheday #clipoftheday #instamusic #musicreels #livejazz #livemusic
#Repost @keyofshejazz
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Save the Date! We're hosting another LIVE EVENT! This next event will look a little different, so make sure to join us for an afternoon at the University of the Arts in Philly at our JAZZ JAM on FEBRUARY 18, 2023! We'll have some great performances as well as fun sessions for students of all genders, educators, parents, professional musicians, and really anyone who supports our mission. Livestream will be available! SAVE THE DATE and stay tuned for updates!
Boy, we had a time last night! 
We caught the 10pm set of Jonathan Michel’s MDR (Michel/Dutton/Ross) Live! 

Of course Jeremy Dutton and Joel Ross were there holding it down. Joe Block and Tahira Clayton were the special guests, and we loved that we were in the room when Orrin Evans and Anwar Marshall sat in! 🔥

#jazz #bam #philly #philadelphia #eagles #philadelphiaeagles #joy #sound #jonathanmichel #jeremydutton #orrinevans #anwarmarshall #joeblock #tahiraclayton #joelross #music #reels
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#inspiration #inspo #sunra #music #jazz #bam #cosmic #cosmos #jazzphiladelphia #jazzphl