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Free Jazz Month Book Raffle 2019

Jazz Book Raffle 2019The 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:

The Jazz EarColtrane Book  Wynton Marsalis BookConversations In Jazz Book


The Children's Books Are:

Sun Ra BookCharlie Parker Book    Sophisticated Ladies BookElla Fitzgerald Book



Week #1 Winners:

Alexandre Delcourt - South Philadelphia
Donna Pashko - Aston, PA
Vivian Wise - Philadelphia
Jay Davis - Newark, DE


Week #2 Winners:

Paulette Singleton - Center City
Starlita Kilpatrick - Philadelphia
Barbara McPherson - Mt Airy
Ken Potter - Danville, PA


Week #3 Winners:

David Rosner - Elkins Park, PA
Julianne Schieffer - East Greenville, PA
David Lyons - Wilmington, DE
Deborah Tucker - Bridgeton, NJ


Week #4 Winners:

Jonathan Beverly - Philadelphia
Barry Conaway - Philadelphia
Jay Roberts - Philadelphia
Ken Weiss - Philadelphia



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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