When something feels right, you know it. Thaine Smith, a Philadelphia guitarist, composer, and sound engineer, says that though he’s had many other jobs, when he hits the stage, he […]read more
“Apart from my advocacy for women in music, creatively my focus is instrumental approach to vocal improvisation by paying special attention to rhythms, phrasing, and articulation. I try to emulate […]read more
“I want my generation and younger to fall in love with jazz as I did."
"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.”
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.
Four opportunities in April to see Jazz at WCL, starting off with the Eubanks Evans Experience on April 22.
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.
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...
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.
The collaboration between the organizations for Get JazzEd Day was fluid and inventive, much like jazz itself. And just like the music, which serves the purpose of touching the lives of the listeners, our partnerships are designed to impact the lives of musicians, educators, students—everyone in our creative community...
Station manager Bill Johnson says, “As a leader in jazz programming since 1969, WRTI wanted to provide American music lovers with this incredibly revealing series that showcases a powerful history and relationship between the U.S. and Denmark through jazz.”
Up next, Key of She has been working to improve their website and expand their already extensive resources list (which already includes reading lists, film lists, listening recommendations, and a comprehensive list of over 600 women in jazz)...
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.
Philly Hometown Hero McBride received a GRAMMY® Award nomination for his 2020 Christian McBride Big Band release, "For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver."
A literary giant who was at the forefront of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, children’s literature, and plays.
“I didn't like waking up early,” he recalls, “but my mom said she'd give me a dollar allowance a week if I went to jazz band in the morning. That gave me the motivation to get out of bed.”
"I experience first hand the lack of gender representation in academic settings. I also see how important it is to have a supportive community – not only of other girls and young women in jazz, but peers, teachers, and others who see the importance of the mission."
Read Jazz Philly Board Member Anthony Tidd's introductory installment in Premier Guitar, in which he considers his own path to discovering the most important role of the bass.