About Us

Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) is a special initiative which works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community.


PJP is not a promoter. We are not, simply a presenter of concerts. We do not do "gigs." Think of PJP as a stimulus. Our goal is to expand the audience, increase creative opportunities and to extend the conversation about the music. We do this through special events, that preset a diverse and intergenerational picture of the Philadelphia Jazz communities.


We have written over to 3,000 checks to artists and are soon to approach the $2.8 million dollar mark in spending towards our goals.


Philadelphia Jazz Project:

Presents: performances, conversations, special events

Supports: individual artists and organizations

Advocates: opportunities for Philadelphia artists globally

Encourages: collaboration and creation of new work

Outreaches: reinvigorates and expands the jazz audience


Since 2013, PJP has presented events at...

• Front Porch Of The John Coltrane House / Philadelphia
• Ardmore Music Hall
• Betsy Ross House
• Station Shops At Suburban Station
• Barnes Foundation
• South Jazz Cafe
• Amari’s Restaurant
• Katharine Drexel Branch Library - Free Library of Philadelphia
• Northeast Regional - Free Library of Philadelphia
• Philadelphia City Institute Free Library
• Rittenhouse Soundworks
• The Church Of The Advocate
• Conwell Dance Theater
• New Barber's Hall
• The Hatfield House In Fairmount Park
• Germantown Settlement Music School
• Islamic Heritage Festival @ Penn's Landing Great Plaza
• The Drake Theater
• Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts/PAFA
• WRTI Studios
• NPR's Jazz Night In America
• American Philosophical Society
• Turtle Studios
• Philadelphia Museum of Art
• Ibrahim Theater/International House Philadelphia
• Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
• Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
• Campus Philly College Fest 2014
• Suzanne Roberts Theater
• Outbeat Jazz Festival
• Mandell Theater/Drexel University
• Dell Music Center
• The Oval in Fairmount Park
• The Excite Center/Drexel University
• Make Music Philly 2014
• World Cafe Live!
• The Cliveden
• Philadelphia Ethical Society
• Temple Performing Arts Center [TPAC]
• Philadelphia Center for Architecture
• Philadelphia Clef Club
• Painted Bride Arts Center
• Reading Terminal Market
• Franklin Square Park
• Irvine Auditorium
• Montgomery Auditorium-Free Library of Phila
• East Park Reservoir In Fairmount Park
• Jacobs Music Store - Center City
• Love Park
• Fairhill Square Park
• Centro Musical Store
• Veteran's Memorial Park
• Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
• Fleisher Art Memorial
• Performance Garage
• Arch Street Meeting House
• Gershman Y / UArts
• Make Music Philly 2013
• District One Plaza
• PhillyCAM:Philadelphia Community Access Media Studios


and provided support for...


• Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot Film Screening
• 11 Days of Love Stories
• Community Unity Music Festival
• Jazz Near You/All About Jazz
• Still The New Thing!: Jazz Festival
• Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection/Temple Univ. Libraries
• Center City Jazz Festival
• ARS Nova Workshop
• Producer's Guild
• Digital Lighting System for Phila Clef Club
• Philadelphia United Jazz Festival & Celebration
• JazzBridge's Neighborhood Concert Series
• Debut Performance of PACT Big Band
• Debut Performance of Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
• Last Call at the Downbeat: Dizzy Gillespie Theater Project
• Redesign of – WWW's oldest Jazz website
• Coalition of Jazz Advocates - Jazz Vespers Performance
• WXPN's The Intersection of Music and Technology Dialogue
• Acoustic improvement of PhillyCam Broadcast Studio
• Jazz in Hawthorne Park Summer Series
• Painted Bride Art Center's New Recording Label
• Annenberg Center's 2014 Jazz Programming
• Philadelphia Jazz Legends Illustrated Series: Volume #1
• Black Star Film Festival Post-Film Dialogue
• and additional support for individual artist projects


To learn about PJP staff members, Click Here



Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of Culture Trust | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Philadelphia Foundation and The Wyncote Foundation






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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.
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Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Culture Trust | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Philadelphia Foundation.