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Voices Of The People - Raimundo Santos

Raimundo Santos 2Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers
July 6, 7, 8, 2017
Hatfield House
33rd & Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130  


The Philadelphia Jazz Project continues as we carry the spirit of Philadelphia into the second weekend of July 2017. In collaboration with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Parks On Tap and Jazz Near You, The Philadelphia Jazz Project presents: Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers; a three-day, vocal festival featuring over a dozen of Philly's finest vocal talents, including Barbara Montgomery, Rhenda Fearrington, Raimundo Santos Ella Gahnt and Lili Anel.


Raimundo Santos, the Composer Who Likes to Sing, has a smooth sounding vocal style, delivering each song with a stunning energy. Raimundo Santos graduated as a Vocal Major, in Jazz, at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His vocal phrasing and technique has been captivating the attention of many people in the Music Business, including the Jazz Singer Marion Cowings, who, in the recent past, in New York gave remarkable compliments to R. Santos during vocal workshops.


Raimundo SantosRaimundo Santos has appeared in several venues through-out his career. Most  recently performed his own concert at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and also performed in duet with his wife Géssica Santos at Saint Simon the Cyrenian Church. In the early 2000s, While living in Angola, Africa, R. Santos performed in several events and programs televised by Angolan National TV. After his return to the states in 2013, Raimundo Santos had an outstanding Concert at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, produced by Philadelphia Jazz Project and also in his own Concert at the Something Jazz Club, He was the featured vocalist for the bassist Mimi Jones at Bar Thalia (Symphony Space venue). While in the New York he also performed leading roles in the musicals "Romeo and Juliet" and for "Swing! - The Musical".


PJP spoke with Raimundo Santos about his work and the Voices of the People Celebration.

PJP: Can you briefly describe your musical direction?


Raimundo Santos: My music is a blend of melodic and rhythmic cultural experiences over contemporary grooves.


PJP: What and whom are pivotal musical influences on your creative approach?


Raimundo Santos: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince and Al Jarreau were just a few names who have inspired me to find my own voice.


PJP: Philadelphia has an enormous pool of talented musicians, what’s it like to be selected for the Voices Of The People: Celebration Of Singers?


Raimundo Santos: It is a great honor to be selected for “Voices of the People” Because there are so many outstanding Philadelphia musicians. Being  selected also comes with a great responsibility to present a performance that represents the standard of excellence that comes this great city.

PJP: Why is this event important?


VOTPRaimundo Santos: I believe this event is important for the opportunity perform and commune in an historical land mark


PJP: What are you going to present at Voices Of The People?


Raimundo Santos: I will lift my voice and take the audience on a passionate Journey of melodic and rhythmic stories of love and life.


PJP: How do you manage the task of creating and encouraging fresh, new, forwarding moving musical ideas while simultaneously exploring, celebrating and documenting the past?


Raimundo Santos: I listen to many styles of music, old and new and in the midst of it all I respectfully acknowledge the past and create in my future. Music has always been a living expression of life and I will express myself the only way I know how by living in the moment of each song while expressing my story in a groove.


PJP: When listening to your music what advice would you give the audience to assist with greater understanding and enjoyment?


Raimundo Santos: Just be prepare for a good time


PJP: Why Jazz? When you could be doing anything else, Why this music?


Raimundo Santos: Jazz has many forms, styles and levels of complexity. I really like the exploratory aspects of jazz not only with compositions but in arrangements of popular songs. In jazz a musician can most certainly can develop a particular style in jazz and I believe the greatest development in jazz is the personal growth as a musician.

To keep abreast of Raimundo Santos' activities check out his Facebook Page and his Video Page.

All Concerts July 6-8, 2017, will be held at Hatfield House, 33rd & Girard Avenue.                   

Saturday, July 8 at 2:00 PM / DIVERSITY
Featuring Suzanne Burgess, Lili Anel, Raimundo Santos with Music Director: Lynn Riley


Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers
July 6, 7, 8, 2017
Hatfield House
33rd & Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130  


Admission Is FREE! However, Registration Is Mandatory  Register Here!!

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a thirst for awesome singers.




There is no formal parking lot. However, there is "some" street parking available. We urge everyone to use public transportation, or for drivers, to give themselves plenty of time to find adequate parking.



Two SEPTA Transportation Routes will get you to the Hatfield House.

  • Route 15 | Traveling along-Girard Avenue
  • Route 7 | Travels on 33rd Street

There are other routes to get to 33rd & Girard as well.
Check at the SEPTA website for more info: SEPTA


Admission Is FREE! However, Registration Is Mandatory  Register Here!!

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a thirst for awesome singers.



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