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Free Jazz Month Book Raffle 2018

30 Days Book Raffle 2018The Philadelphia Jazz Project and Books & Stuff are collaborating again during April 2018, Jazz Appreciation Month to encourage reading. According to a 2009 report from the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, more than half of Philadelphia adults don’t have the literacy and work skills necessary to “compete in our knowledge-based economy or to successfully complete a postsecondary degree.” We all must find ways to make reading an increased part of our interactions with others.


We encourage reading about some of the intriguing and colorful characters of Jazz music. We're talking about artists like Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington whose stories make for great reading and probably exciting films. We in Philadelphia should know that our city has been a special site for some amazing talents and peculiar personalities as well, folks like Dizzy Gillespie, Rufus Harley, Lee Morgan, Billie Holiday, Jef Lee Johnson, Grover Washington Jr., Nina Simone, Pearl Bailey, Sun Ra and more.


So, to spread the word, each Friday in April, we will raffle off Two Adult and Two Children's Jazz-related books. It's FREE and open to the public. Anyone 18 years of age, or older, living in the Delaware Valley can enter.





The Adult Books Are:

Monk BookSarah Vaughan Book  Billie Holiday BookMiles Davis Book


The Children's Books Are:

Jelly Roll Morton BookArt Tatum Book    John Coltrane BookJosephine Baker Book



Week #1 Winners:

Amirah Cutts - North Philadelphia
Mark Forman - Roxborough
Frances Conwell - West Philadelphia
Peter Sovia - Wissahickon


Week #2 Winners:

Cheryl Jones - Mt Airy
Pedro Zagitt - Norristown, PA
Saloua Amara - South Philadelphia
Victor Jones - Chester, PA


Week #3 Winners:

Midori Wakabayashi - Roxborough
Jackie Bein - West Philadelphia
Chris Rogers - North Philadelphia
Seleste Robinson - South Philadelphia


Week #4 Winners:

Geraldine Russell - Germantown
Gozde Tiknaz - Port Richmond
Vincent Evangelista - South Philadelphia
Darrell Slaughter - Montgomery County


Weekly winners will be announced online right here on this webpage, on The Bridge radio program, hosted by J. Michael Harrison, Fridays on WRTI 90.1FM at 10:00 pm, as well as on Jazz from an Eclectic Mind, hosted by, Alonzo Jennings Mondays on WPPM 106.5 FM at 6:30 pm. 



Special thanks to the staff of WRTI 90.1FM and WPPM 106.5 FM, as well as to J. Michael Harrison, Alonzo Jennings and Vanessa Graber for their support and assistance with this project. Extra Special Thanks to Books & Stuff for conceiving such a great project to spread the word about the music!!!






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


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