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Make Music Philly 2014

MMPMake Music Day is a global celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and over 500 cities world-wide celebrate. Saturday June 21, 2014, will be the second time Philadelphia joins in the celebration. Think of Make Music Philly as a city wide, musical showcase presenting the whole gamut of musical expression available in the city of brotherly love, from Rock and Gospel, to Punk and Hiphop, to Classical and Jazz. Philadelphia Jazz Project joins the effort by presenting three concerts showcasing some of the finest Jazz artists in the region. Remember everything is Free!!! So, come out and enjoy the music!


Check out Philadelphia Jazz Project's Make Music Philly events below.



Kim Pedro's NU Grv Quartet

June 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Friends Meeting House (Outdoors)

320 Arch Street


Featuring: Kim Pedro-Drums, Adam Faulk-Keyboards, Mike Clay-Reeds, James Cooper-Bass, with special guests: Bethlehem and Gretchen Elise-Vocals.

Born and raised in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Spring Garden in North Philadelphia, where Latin and African drummers serenaded the urban village with syncopated and bombastic world rhythms, Kim Pedro is a professionally trained visual artist living his dream as a drummer. He has served as a sideman  for such artists as Vanida Gail, Monika Herzig, Byard Lancaster and Raimundo Santos and is a current member of the Christian group, Romans Road (CD "The Walk" available on iTunes). In 2012, Kim Pedro formed the NU GRuV Network. For more info:




Lucky Thompson Band

June 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Friends Meeting House (Outdoors)
320 Arch Street


Featuring: Lucky Thompson-Drums, Jeff Knottner-Piano, Nimrod Speaks-Bass, Umar A. Raheem-Sax, with special guest: Carol Harris-Vocals.

Lucky Thompson has been playing drums since the age of 8. He has toured Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, and has worked with Patti LaBelle, Billy Paul, Nina Simone, Sonny Stitt and Big Momma Thornton. Since 1997, Lucky has served as the Musical Director of Natalie's Lounge, at 40th & Market, where Jazz greats like Hank Mobley, Mickey Roker, Shirley Scott, Sam Reed, Grover Washington Jr., Tony Williams, and even a young John Coltrane have performed. This dynamic drummer can be heard on CDs with Umar Raheem, the Arpeggio Ensemble, Denise King, Val-Ray, and as bandleader on the PTME's release, Lucky Thompson's DNA.


Kendrah E. Butler & nVizion

June 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Friends Meeting House (Indoors)
320 Arch Street


Featuring: Kendrah E. Butler-Piano, Sadayah Roberts-Drums, James Cooper-Bass, Arnetta Johnson-Trumpet, Shamika Byrd-Vocals, with special guests: Barbara Montgomery & Saudah Akbar-Vocals.


Kendrah E. Butler is a pianist and violinist who has lived and breathed music ever since she could remember. She  studied jazz piano with Don Wilson, Kenny Gates, and with the late, great jazz pianist Eddie Green. Kendrah is a notable musical director having led multiple Jazz and R&B groups including but not limited to: "nVizion" an all female jazz group, Kendrah Butler and Friends, the "Satin Dolls" at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Arts, and is currently minister of music for Great Commission Church in Philadelphia. She has produced multiple events including the "Women in Jazz Philly Tour" featuring the group nVizion. She, along with vocalist Rhenda Fearrington co-produced the "Women in Jazz Finale Concert" which had over 300 in attendance for Women's History Month in March.


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