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Who Got The Jazz #1

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Philadelphia Jazz Project and Philadelphia’s leading hiphop presenting vehicle, Veteran Freshman and its chief, Yusuf Muhammad join forces to present a series of live hip-hop/jazz music events at World Cafe Live starting on Tuesday, January 28th.


“I think the arts, culture and music here in Philly are so much broader,” Muhammad says. “We’re very hungry. Philadelphia has always played the underdog. I wish that Philly studied more. We would realize our worth. If we integrated all the aspects of what music is from a creative aspect, no one could mess with Philadelphia.”


PJP Director, Homer Jackson adds, "This effort is really important. The Jazz world needs to stretch out its hand to the passionate and youthful, Hiphop audience who want to understand, learn, and most important, enjoy themselves while listening to Jazz, the music that is at the root of their culture."


The series, inspired by the classic “Jazz” by A Tribe Called Quest, Who Got The Jazz, will bring together live jazz and hip-hop performers collaborating together and paying homage to a jazz legend. The first jazz artist to be featured in Philadelphia trumpeter Lee Morgan. Morgan, who got his start with the Dizzy Gillespie big band when he was at just 18 years old, was also a notable sideman with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and Hank Mobley.


The special guests for January’s show are Hiphop and R&B artists, E-Hos, Tiger Lily, Twizzmatic and Jacqueline Constance. They will be joined by the awesome, Who Got The Jazz house band, which features musical director, Nimrod Speaks on bass, keyboardist Luke Carlos O’Reilly and Khary Shaheed on drums. Sitting in to pay special tribute to Lee Morgan, is the remarkable trumpeter, Tony Smith.


Who Got The Jazz will be hosted by Sonny The Host. There will be raffles , prizes and more. Click here for tickets and more information.


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