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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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Episodic Memories of Joey DeFrancesco

A Tribute from His Jazz Band Teacher

Words seem to be shallow, and even the act of writing falls short of expressing the heartbreak I have experienced over losing a young musical genius who has been in my life since he was 11 years old. On further consideration and from a therapeutic perspective, I would like to share a few episodic memories of my association with Joey DeFrancesco…

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A Farewell to Monnette Sudler

A Tribute by Fellow Jazz Artist and Friend

Monnette’s music has many influences and she can play it all, including blues, folk, and rock music. But no matter what she was playing, underneath it all was a tremendous musical voice and ground, soulful, warm, swinging, funky, free, experimental, fearless, and open. And she really loved the guitar—you can feel this love when she plays…

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Official statement from Christian McBride regarding the passing of Joey DeFrancesco

A Tribute by Fellow Jazz Artist and Friend

Joey DeFrancesco was my oldest friend in music. We first met at the Settlement Music School as part of their jazz program that Mr. Lovett Hines ran, and we instantly became best friends. I was 12, he was 13. It stayed that way through our next four years together at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts [CAPA]. We were inseparable…

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Roger Humphries Receives the 2022 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO

Jazz Philadelphia partnered with MAA to administer the 2022 Living Legacy Jazz Award nomination process.

Previous Living Legacy Jazz Award winners include Amina Claudine Myers, Charles Tolliver, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Odean Pope, Ron Carter, and many more!

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Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: August 2022

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

New: The NAMM President’s Innovation Award. Last Week to Apply for This Round: The Ben & Jerry’s National Grassroots Organizing Program. Ending this Month: PECO’s new Powering the Arts Grant.

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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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Brandon Dennis

CORE Cooperative

“Music has been there to express the depths of my joy and pain when no words were present. Music has always been my greatest passion. Attending the CORE cooperative program will guide me in taking the necessary steps to take my greatest passion and curate that passion into a viable career.”

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


Explore Philadelphia’s rich jazz history through the lens of celebrated photographers John W. Moseley, Bill May, and Bruce Turner. Take a fascinating tour through Philadelphia jazz led by acclaimed historian Dr. Diane Turner, curator of Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson collection. Jazz aficionados and neophytes will be delightfully surprised by these rare images.

This will be a virtual session held on Friday, October 28 at 12:30 PM. Register for the Summit to be sent your link to sign-up for this session specifically. Link in bio!
Another great workshop added to our Friday Summit virtual sessions! 

Relationships with funders don’t have to be one of gatekeeper vs. gatecrasher. Learn how to build relationships and successfully apply for grants that support tours, residencies, recording, and more. When we are in dialogue with granting organizations, we co-create ways to serve artists and the larger community. Join individual artists who have been successful at applying for funding as well as local, regional, and national grantmakers for a must-see conversation on balancing out power dynamics.

Note: this session will be held online on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. After you register for the Summit (link in bio), we will send out zoom links for you to reserve your spot for the virtual sessions you'd like to attend.
Announcing Jazzmeia Horn as the 2022 Jazz Philadelphia Summit keynote speaker! Catch her IN PERSON on day 1 of the Summit, October 27 on the University of the Arts campus. Register today! Link in our bio.
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People save the date! Quite Sane feat. @kokayi @laurintalese @eeworksmusic @miguelzenonmusic @thestevelehman @modernpaulitics @okazakistudio @sean.rickman1 will perform all new Chamber Music America commissions in Philly & NYC next week - 9/22 to 9/24! Tix link in bio #quitesane #tokillachildoftroubledtimes #creativemusic #arsnovaworkshop #thejazzgallery #chambermusicamerica
The Philly Jazz Summit is 6 weeks away, and we have a lot of new events this year you don’t want to miss! 

On Thursday, October 27 we’re doing an in-person Town Hall discussing the concept of living wage. Many questions require exploration: What would a living wage be? Can the club owners and presenters afford it? Is there enough work in general to support the number of exciting artists in Philadelphia? What role does developing audiences for jazz play as we think through as a community how to get to a place of not just surviving but thriving? What can artists contribute to that critical piece—audience development—of the living wage puzzle?

Don’t miss this opportunity to speak up! Register at the link in our bio.
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A quick Creative Music Program reminder. This was after a @sumitonooka masterclass. Do you recognize anybody? Where are all these enormously talented kids now? #creativemusicprogram #philly
You don’t want to miss this! RSVP via the link in bio!