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Mysterious Traveler: Matthew Clayton

  The Free Library, the Producer's Guild and PJP are teaming up to present a daring, new performance series. Entitled,  Mysterious Travelers Concert Series, it will feature FREE monthly concerts running through April 2015. It will also showcase a diverse array of Jazz performers who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia.   Read More....

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Billy Strayhorn Celebration

Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn is a diverse, inter-generational tribute to Dayton-born, Pittsburgh-raised, pianist, composer and arranger, William Thomas Strayhorn. As Duke Ellington's creative partner for over 30 years, the openly gay and unprecedented Strayhorn created such classics and standards of the Great American   Read More....

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It Is Electric

Written by: Sharon Chestnut   Ok, we all know it; That heady feeling when we recognize a tune but realize that it is about to be taken into an entirely different direction.  We listen, poised to enter a landscape, which, while familiar, will deliver new insights in the nature of sound and the mind where sound synchs up and if we   Read More....

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Guest Playlist #2

Guest Playlist #2: Guest Playlist is a special feature here at the PJP website. We asked musicians, artists, DJs, journalists, dancers, politicians, and average Jazz fans to share a playlist of music that is important to them. We wanted to get and share what folks are listening to and what they think the rest of us should check out. We   Read More....

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Block Party At The Dell

On Thursday, August 21st, 2014, at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park, on the very night when Al Jarreau and David Sanborn appear, PJP has the honor of providing both pre-show performers and the opening act for the evening.   Don't miss it.   We're calling it East Fairmount Park Block Party. Join us as we re-imagine   Read More....

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Best Of Who Got The Jazz

For six months, from January to June of 2014, PJP and Veteran Freshman presented some powerfully entertaining evenings at World Cafe Live.   It was the Who Got The Jazz Series. We perfected a friendly and inventive mash-up of R&B/Jazz/Hip Hop, presenting some of Philly's hottest rappers, poets and singers, along with our house band,   Read More....

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C Jam Blues-The Greatest Records Ever

The Greatest Records Ever: ¨C Jam Blues¨ from Mingus At Carnegie Hall This series is an opportunity to reflect on some of the amazing music that has come into our lives. From the popular and celebrated to the unknown, obscure and/or ignored, we will touch on some music that you know and love and surely some works that you   Read More....

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On my first record with him, I used no notes, just sound... I never played as powerfully as I did with Sunny Murray... he plays pulse, not beats.
Byard Lancaster

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Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Painted Bride Art Center, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.