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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Spotlight On: Nicholas Krolak

CORE Cooperative

Krolak believes that one’s artistic voice carries power “to uplift, to inspire, and to create thoughtful and meaningful change.”

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Spotlight On: Eric McGarry

CORE Cooperative

“The Philly scene is overflowing with amazing players and a strong sense of community. Philly is like no other scene, the players truly support each other and have strong support from older more established musicians.”

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UArts Capital Campaign Raises $67.2 Million

Restricted funds for programs and academic disciplines, renovations of historic buildings, and scholarships are among the enhancements to the arts school

The completion of a first-ever comprehensive campaign helps to establish a tradition of philanthropy that had been lacking compared with some other local schools.

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Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: May 2022

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

Highlights: The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s ArtsCONNECT application is now open for “touring projects between September 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 and the NFA grant program has reopened for Latinx artists and organizations of all disciplines based in the U.S.

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Register for the PMAY and School District’s Shared Professional Development Day

A virtual event on May 13.

The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth’s (PMAY) and School District of Philadelphia are presenting 9 sessions on topics like performance psychology, student engagement, Autism in the classroom and more.

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Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks release duo album

‘EEE: Eubanks-Evans-Experience’ was recorded both in the studio and at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

The pair will be on tour next month and will be at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on April 22, the Jazz Gallery in New York on April 23, and City Winery in Washington, D.C. on April 24.

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Spotlight On: Maya Belardo

CORE Cooperative

“I want my generation and younger to fall in love with jazz as I did.”

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Spotlight On: Kyle Andrews

CORE Cooperative

“The experience of musical healing always reminds me that being a musician is a powerful and important job, and this inspires me to get back on stage and bring audiences an experience that is sincere and meaningful.”

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Lovett Hines Wins Jazz Journalists Association Award

Philadelphia icon honored for his contributions

Other regional winners include bassist, composer, and educator Ed Hrybyk of Baltimore, Massachusetts-based Terri Lyne Carrington, a drummer, composer, and educator who has been a keynote speaker at the Jazz Philadelphia Summit; and Sara Donnely from Washington, D.C., a longtime jazz advocate who administers programs that support jazz musicians at South Arts. 

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Philadelphia’s Rising Women in Jazz

Here are a few women who are making their mark on our city

The city of Philadelphia honors the legacy and tradition of jazz music, by providing exceptional educational resources that continue to contribute to the profound jazz community that has been established here.Temple University and University of the Arts, two of Philadelphia’s premier institutions of higher learning, have exceptional jazz programs where students can hone in on their craft…

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April President’s Letter: Jazz Appreciation Month 2022

A Jazz Bridge Concert that reminds us what jazz does best: it serves and builds community.

The experience was yet another confirmation of the promise of our soon-to-be-launched Passages program. Passages will connect musicians across generations using the jam session medium as a foundation for mentorship, storytelling, and transference of cultural knowledge. When youthful energy meets seasoned experience, everyone gets lifted.

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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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April Jazz Shows at World Cafe Live

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month

Four opportunities in April to see Jazz at WCL, starting off with the Eubanks Evans Experience on April 22.

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Love Notes project Celebrates Black Art

Events will honor the legacy of John Coltrane, feature artists such as Yesseh Furaha-Ali

The forthcoming Love Notes Project is the brainchild of Rebecca Graham. It’s part of an arts education and advocacy program that will showcase and celebrate the rich legacy and historical significance of Black Philadelphia performing artists and cultural producers.

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