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30 Days Of Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and PhillyCAM in participation with Philadelphia Jazz Project [PJP], will showcase over 50 hours of performances and conversations of Philadelphia’s jazz community over thirty days. The “30 Days of Jazz” celebration features a range of styles, from BeBop to Afro-Latin, with a highlight of new   Read More....

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The Positive Music

It is not unusual to see a tall, thin caramel-skinned man sitting in the front row of a concert in Philadelphia with his tripod and his video camera, intensely focused, capturing the performance. The man is Steven Berry and this is his work. Since the birth of PJP, five years ago, this gentlemen has documented hundreds of hours of performances   Read More....

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The Forerunners Salute Jymie & John

The Forerunners Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8pm Painted Bride Art Center - 230 Vine Street, Phila., PA 19106 For Information & Tickets   It was earlier this year, in January, at World Cafe Live, that PJP in collaboration with WXPN, WRTI, Ars Nova Workshop and NPR presented the nation's first glimpse of the music of Jymie Merritt   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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Composer/Musical Director: Monnette Sudler Talks RetroLove

RetroLove June 29th & 30th, 2016 at 7:00PM Drake Theater | 1512 Spruce Street | Phila., PA 19102   Grammy nominated composer/jazz guitarist/vocalist/bandleader Monnette Sudler is known as the “First Lady of Jazz Guitar.” Ms Sudler began in the tradition of avant-garde Jazz, playing with artists like, Sunny Murray, David Murray,   Read More....

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The Music Of Jymie Merritt And The Forerunners

In March of 2015, WRTI, WXPN and the Philadelphia Jazz Project collaborated with NPR’s Jazz Night In America to present Home Cooking: Celebrating The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition. [Jazz Night In America is NPR’s popular radio series hosted by Philadelphia’s own, Jazz bassist Christian McBride.] The Home Cooking concert   Read More....

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WOWS New Season 2015-16

“Music is an idea, not a style!” - Ornette Coleman   This Fall, the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound return their midweek concert series at the Painted Bride Art Center, that began in the spring of 2015 and featured their amazing big band “Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with guest soloists Dave   Read More....

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Listen Up

Last Friday, we put on our first listening party. With WRTI's J. Michael Harrison hosting, we featured music by local musicians like Rhenda   Fearrington, Keith DeStefano & Puzzlebox, Odean Pope, Robert Kenyatta, Korey Riker and Lauren Lark. The musicians who were in the house spoke to the audience about their music and then, they mixed   Read More....

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Listening Party #1

What is a listening party and why should you come out? A listening party is an entertaining gathering of folks. A listening party is an opportunity to hear great, local music. A listening party is a chance to hang out with old friends and new ones. A listening party is a chance to meet and support local musicians. A   Read More....

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Philly Jazz Quotes

The stuff McCoy Tyner did was earth-shattering for me. The modal thing, the way he voiced chords in fourths, the way he used the pentatonic scale -- all those things were very new.
Kenny Barron

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