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A Farewell to Jazz Philadelphia, but Not to Jazz

A Farewell from Our Executive Director: This week will be my last at Jazz Philadelphia, and it’s bittersweet to step down as our first Executive Director; I’ll tell you more about where I’m going in a minute. First, I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to help build this new organization from the ground up...

Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: November 2022

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.

President’s Letter: November 2022

Read about all the unique moments that made this such a memorable Summit -- from inspiring keynote presentations and informative sessions to receptions, CORE cooperative performances and awards!

Thank you to our 2022 Summit Giant Steps Sponsor: Mid Atlantic Arts

The Living Legacy Jazz Award was created in 1994 as a way to honor living jazz masters in Mid Atlantic Arts’ nine state region.  The Award has always focused on contributing to the perpetuation of the jazz legacy and education with an emphasis on passing skills and knowledge to the next generation of musicians. The first awardee was trumpeter Clark Terry and 28 stellar artists have joined him since – including our 2022 awardee, Roger Humphries.

Official statement from Christian McBride regarding the passing of Joey DeFrancesco

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...

Episodic Memories of Joey DeFrancesco

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...

A Farewell to Monnette Sudler

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...

Maria Marmarou

"As much as people talk about New York, Chicago, or New Orleans, Philly definitely has its own thing. It's so communal, and it's really cool to be a part of that."

Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: August 2022

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.

Spotlight on: Hiruy Tirfe

“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.”

Arts Funding Opportunities Round-up: July 2022

New: PECO's new Powering the Arts Grant application is now open and "offers one-year or two-year grants of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $20,000 over two years to support new or ongoing efforts to attract diverse audiences and rebuild arts communities across the region."

July Jazz Event Round-up

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

Spotlight on: Thaine Smith

“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.”

Spotlight on: Lora Sherrodd

"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.” 

Bob Perkins

"When you can take a horn or piano or guitar and make it sing, you tell stories of who you are. There's a niblet of a story in the music—who loves me; who didn't love me; my likes or dislikes—all encapsulated on the two to three-minute solo. It is part of you, whether you know it or not. It's an accumulation of your time."