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Re-Imagining Interstellar Space

In September of 2016, Philadelphia Jazz Project [PJP] and a group of collaborators presented nine days of free events celebrating the 90th birthday of the legendary Philadelphia Jazz artist, John Coltrane. Of the many events that took place, one was very special. We asked two artists, tenor saxophonist, Terry Lawson and drummer, Alan Nelson to   Read More....

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Byard Lancaster - Celebration of Life

Thursday, July 28th 2016 at 7:30pm Celebration of Life - Byard Lancaster Settlement Music School/Germantown Branch 6128 Germantown Avenue, Phila., PA 19144   Tickets: $10 in advance - More at the door   For tickets go to EVENTBRITE, search "Byard Lancaster" and follow prompts to order tickets. For some reason, we are having   Read More....

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Announcing Sun Ra Mixtape # 2

In the fall of 2014, Philadelphia Jazz Project developed a unique challenge for DJs, producers, electronic musicians, turntablists, singers, poets, and/or rappers, as well as solos by instrumentalists to honor the immeasurable imaginative genius of the late Philadelphia, visionary musician, philosopher, composer and band leader, Sun Ra [1914 to   Read More....

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Coming Up In 2016

Coming up in 2016, PJP has some great events in store for you. Most important, is that 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great Migration: The historic period when millions of Black Americans left the South and moved to the Northeast, Midwest and West. This activity changed, the country culturally, politically and socially.   Read More....

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Road To Merida - Part 2 - Elliott Levin

Cancun/Merida; May 16, 2013 Arrive in Cancun... swoon through the Yucatan 180... void past Valladolid... Popola... Chichenitza... into Merida... Steaming spring eternal humid-if-i-cation... revived by Sopa Limon... a Mayan tonic (lemon spiced chicken broth with tortilla strips)... Leads to Olimpo Sonic (theater/venue of our opening &   Read More....

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Road To Merida - Part 1 - Elliott Levin

In May of 2013, Philadelphia saxophonist and poet, Elliott Levin set off on a brief musical tour. He was traveling to perform in Cha'ak'ab Paaxil: Festival of Improvisation, Free Jazz & Noisiness, which takes place in the beautiful city of Merida, Mexico. Levin was going to jam and collaborate with some old and new friends. On the way, he would   Read More....

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For Artists Only #2

  This month, For Artists Only #2 presents the first article in a series by Holistic Health Counselor, Kevin McPherson, as well as some pertinent information about local and regional resources, including PJP's Travel Aid. Check it out.     Introduction:  Alcohol, Drugs, and Na-Na Though I am not a musician,   Read More....

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On my first record with him, I used no notes, just sound... I never played as powerfully as I did with Sunny Murray... he plays pulse, not beats.
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