Whole Notes

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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Norman Connors

Hometown Hero Profile

Today, the 70-something-year-old marvels at the path his life took from living in tenement housing doors away from famed comic Bill Cosby to headlining across the globe alongside jazz, R&B, and soul music legends.

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Welcome to our new website!

We’re excited you’re here.

Like jazz itself, the Jazz Philadelphia website is a living thing. With your involvement, the site will grow, flourish and serve a creative community that is second to none.

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Jazz Philadelphia Summit 2021

Awakening to the spirit of music and collaboration

Our 4th Annual Jazz Philadelphia Summit won’t be stopped by a resurgence of the pandemic—because the spirit of music can’t be stopped, even when stages are silent. 

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Arts practitioners and artists: emergency rental assistance

Funding of $21.6 Billion Available to Assist Homeowners and Renters

Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic do have some support options.

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Money for Artists

Don’t miss out on grants for jazz tours and musician residencies

South Arts offers offers grants up to $15,000 to allow musicians to play an array of venues in rural communities or places where it is more challenging to let the music speak.

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Coltrane Watch

Demolition Update, Community Planning

The Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation (SMCDC) issued a press release on the status of the Coltrane House on May 3, 2021, and I called Tonnetta Graham, President of the SMCDC, the next day to get some clarity on a few things.

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USArtists International Announces 2021 – 2022 Deadlines

Plus increased maximum request amount

Grants are designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community

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Philly pianist set to release his third album in the pandemic

Temple University exchange program alum incorporates identity and emotion into his albums

Micah Graves has been busy writing music, recording his debut album “Med Nama” plus two others, and anticipates recording two additional albums in 2022.

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19-year-old jazz trumpet player creates all-women’s big band

And records debut album and documentary of the project

Fox was inspired to create this all-women’s big band after recognizing that most of the jazz greats she was being taught in school were mostly men.

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Extraordinary Surprise: Immanuel Wilkins

Clef Club Music Education Program Founder reflects on the saxophonist, composer, and arranger

When an eight-year-old Immanuel Wilkins came into our program with an alto saxophone, he displayed an eagerness to perform jazz. The young musician was ready to learn from his instructors and mentors on how to become an effective improviser…

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Just Fooling Around: Christian McBride

In the late 1970s, I became the Director of Settlement Music School’s Queen Village branch, and of the Rohm and Haas Jazz Ensemble.The ensemble attracted some of the area’s most talented young music students. The first generation of students was chosen by audition from students involved in the city‘s six week Better Break Music Camp and the second generation had the exceptionally talented elementary students Joey Defrancesco and Christian McBride…

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Adult Education Series: History of Philadelphia Soul

Community Events

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The PCC Master Class Series

Online Series by The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

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Jazz Jam with Omar’s Hat

Ongoing free concerts at World Cafe Live

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