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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.

 

New Music In New Places

We at the Philadelphia Jazz Project have consistently employed a variety of venues in Philadelphia metropolitan area as well as the nearby suburbs to present quality Jazz programing. This includes well known Jazz venues and completely new venues not known for Jazz Presentations. Places like Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, Suzanne Roberts Theater and The Hatfield House In Fairmount Park are new to the Jazz scene. The obvious goal with new music in new places is to engage new audiences.

 

New Playlists and New Faces

We at the Philadelphia Jazz Project create musical events with a curatorial eye. As a result, we are responsible for many first time musical pairings across the Philadelphia Jazz community. We examine the skills sets of various artists and match them with complimentary artists for first time collaborations. This of course, increases the likelihood of greater audience participation based on their allegiance to the artists we bring together. 

 

In addition, we challenged these artists to create theme-based works on a variety of topics that ranged from honoring historic jazz persona's, seminal jazz recordings, musical interpretations of the works of visual artists, holiday celebrations, international outreach, dramatic presentations, and the like. This of course, increases the likelihood of diverse audience participation based on their topical nature of the presentations. 

 

New Opportunities

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

 

What We Do

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.

 

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...
• African American Museum In Philadelphia
• Christ Church
• Franklin Square Park
• Independence Visitor Center Café
• Museum of the American Revolution
• National Constitution Center
• Spruce Street Harbor Park
• The Planetarium Of The Franklin Institute
• Johnny Brenda's
• Front Porch Of The John Coltrane House / Philadelphia
• Ardmore Music Hall
• Betsy Ross House
• Station Shops At Suburban Station
• Barnes Foundation
• South Jazz Cafe
• The Fire
• Amari’s Restaurant
• Katharine Drexel Branch Library
• 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
• 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...

• Sunny Murray Memorial
• 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 PhillyJazz.org – 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

 

 

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If it hadn't been for him, there wouldn't have been none of us. I want to thank Mr. Louis Armstrong for my livelihood.
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Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Culture Trust | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Philadelphia Foundation.