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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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GRAMMY® voting season has begun and we are Philly proud! 

Please join us in celebrating these outstanding Grammy nominees

At Jazz Philadelphia, we lift up the accomplishments of Philly-born or Philly-based artists throughout the year.

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Watch the Summit 2020 New Sounds, New Voices Session

Featuring 2022 Grammy nominees Brandee Younger and Jazzmeia Horn

The panel discusses how the next generation will lead the way. Against all odds, Jazz continues to move forward with fresh approaches to music-making.

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News

Motown Gospel announces signing of The Baylor Project

The four-time GRAMMY® nominated duo has Philly roots

Their second album, “Generations,” was most recently nominated for the Best Jazz Vocal Album as part of the 2022 GRAMMY® Awards.

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Sun Ra Arkestra receives first-ever GRAMMY® nomination

And drops single to celebrate

Grab the limited edition 12″ featuring two songs from the album’s recording session and a limited edition of “Swirling” pressed on orange vinyl.

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Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force Nominated for “Dear Love”

Summit alum receives GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

And she is headed to Philly January 14-15, 2022. Don’t miss it!

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Christian McBride Big Band Among 2022 Jazz GRAMMY® Nominees

“For Jimmy, Wes And Oliver” nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Philly Hometown Hero McBride will return to Village Vanguard for Annual Residency in December and outside Philly in February 2022

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Stories on GRAMMY® Nominees

Randy Brecker

Philly Hometown Hero

Trumpet great Randy Brecker is a legendarily prolific voice across the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and R&B.

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Joey DeFrancesco

Philly Hometown Hero

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 a 9-year-old kid came in with his parents and wanted to sit in on piano…

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Christian McBride

Philly Hometown Hero

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 roots.

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Marshall Allen

Philly Hometown Hero

Allen speaks about how Sun Ra’s concept of the “spirit of the day” isn’t an abstraction, and the idea says a lot about his creative longevity.

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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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Events

Jazz Bridge presents saxophonist Carl Cox at Collingswood Fundraiser

Jazz Bridge Vice Present Kevin Johnson proudly hosts “Jazz in the Wood,” First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ. Please join us on January 6, 2022 as we welcome saxophonist Carl Cox to Collingswood. This is a special fundraiser to benefit Jazz Bridge. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

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Kimmel Campus Presents

Five-time Grammy winner DIANNE REEVES is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.

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Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force Nominated for “Dear Love”

Summit alum receives GRAMMY® nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

And she is headed to Philly January 14-15, 2022. Don’t miss it!

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Timeline

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

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Don’t miss it this opportunity!#Repost @berksjazzfest
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Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Settlement Music School and Jazz Philadelphia are collaborating to present a special educational opportunity for student musicians! 

The opportunity includes FREE workshops and jam sessions for student musicians to learn and play alongside professional musicians/clinicians!

Register now using the link in our bio!
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‼️Wednesday, 1/12, 4:30 PM ET‼️

PLA provides free civil legal services to Philadelphia Residents dealing with evictions. PLA’s Housing Unit strives to prevent foreclosures and evictions, fight against predatory lending, and assist families in preserving the integrity of their homes. Topics include rental assistance, the Eviction Diversion Program, and protections for Philadelphia tenants. Join this ZOOM via the link in our bio!
Luminary journalist, Dyana Williams, celebrating the lives of Mtume and Jimmy Heath. #Repost @dyanawilliams
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As a young teen growing up in Harlem, I studied flute in Billy Taylor’s Jazzmobile program at IS 201 (that offered free lessons. ) My teacher was the legendary musician, Jimmy Heath of the Heath Brothers.  At that time, I wasn’t aware of Jimmy’s accomplished career, as I was just becoming exposed to John Coltrane and other Black American Music artists.  Jimmy believed in me, but I was so talentless as a musician, I just couldn’t improvise. Shortly after taking lessons, I met and became friends with Jimmy’s son, Mtume.  A few years later, in 1973, I became an on-air personality at @whurfm in DC.  At this time, Mtume was a percussionist with Miles Davis. During a gig in DC. Mtume invited me to their gig where he introduced me to Miles and we went onto become dear friends.  Mtume also introduced me to @officialspikelee at a party just after he had completed She’s Gotta Have It. Some of the most profound conversations I ever had were with Mtume. He was astute, brilliant, passionate, gifted.  I celebrated all his musical hits with Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, his own music with @tawathaagee in the group Mtume and other artists that he produced. I took delight in playing his music on the air at @wbls1075nyc  @wdasfm @majicdc @rnbphilly Loved Mtume’s contributions to New York Undercover.  Broadcaster, people’s champion, leader, inspiration. I interviewed Mtume frequently over the years.  He was a warrior revolutionary on so many levels.  Yesterday, I  heard from mutual friends who shared loving stories about our Beloved. In recent months while Mtume was in rehab from a stroke,  he would call me and we would reminisce. Will miss our  talks.  I’m enriched having known Mtume. Profound condolences to his family, who were with him at home when he transitioned.  We have a great body of work from Mtume to enjoy. Grateful. As is the case when folks transition from this earthly plane, we hear the tributes. Let’s celebrate those we cherish while they are here.  Mourning, remembering and celebrating  South Philly’s own Mtume. ☮️
🕊Sidney Poitier.🕊
Congratulations, Kim Tucker!
#Repost @jazzbridge
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The Jazz Bridge Board of Directors has selected Kim E. Tucker, our Program Director, to serve as Executive Director of Jazz Bridge Project effective today, January 3, 2022.

Please help us congratulate Kim and wish her well in her new role.🙌🏾🙌🏽🤝🏼👍🏽

Drop a congratulations below.  @kimtucker1036 

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