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Celebrating Coltrane 2017

  Bar none, John Coltrane is the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it's his patented "sheets of sound," his rapid-fire improvisations or his bold cathartic wails, no aspiring jazz saxophonist can afford to neglect the music of Coltrane.      - - - - John Diliberto     I feel like I   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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Best Of Frosty Mixtape

Happy Holiday everyone!! For three years, from 2013 through 2015, PJP presented the Frosty Holiday Concert Series. Taking place at the historic, Irvine Auditorium on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia, over 2,500 people witnessed those awesome, family friendly events. Speaking of family friendly, families and   Read More....

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Coltrane At 90 - Thanks

"I'd like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls."   ——  John Coltrane       Many thanks to everyone who attended, participated, or wanted to join us in celebrating John Coltrane's 90th birthday over these 9 amazing days. It   Read More....

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Celebrating The Right Way

You may not have noticed it, but in our zeal to celebrate John Coltrane's 90th birthday, we gave you the years of his 100th birthday.   We incorrectly wrote on our logo, 1916 - 2016. It does now and should have read, 1926 - 2016.   Please forgive our haste. It was wrong. We made a mistake. It in no way speaks for our excitement,   Read More....

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Celebrating Coltrane

September 17th to 25th, 2016 One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among us. He lived among us. He was not born here, but he became a man and a professional musician here. We celebrate his birthday next month. September 23rd, 2016. He would have been 90 years old.   His name was John William   Read More....

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The Geechees

As a young person, every once in a while, I'd hear a word from my parents that I didn't know. They'd say it in laughter. They'd say it in pity. They'd say it in scorn. I was afraid to say it for a long time, because I thought it was a curse word. The word was Geechee.   Every time my father would run into our neighbor, Mr. Ernie, they   Read More....

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First Friday Rent Party - Sam Reed

First Friday Rent Party Series June 3rd, 2016 - 7:30PM | Sam Reed | Celebrating South Carolina Arch Street Meeting House
 320 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106   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   Read More....

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First Friday Rent Party - V. Shayne Frederick

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.   PJP is partnering with the Arch Street Meetinghouse, celebrating this milestone with   Read More....

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First Friday Rent Party - Chris Stevens

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.   PJP is partnering with the Arch Street Meetinghouse, celebrating this milestone with   Read More....

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First Friday Rent Party - Chef Valerie Erwin

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.   PJP is partnering with the Arch Street Meeting House, celebrating this milestone with   Read More....

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First Friday Rent Party Series

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. People like Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath, Cat Anderson, Ray   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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Frosty 3! - Cool Holiday Jazz Celebration

Celebrate the Holidays with the Philadelphia Jazz Project! FROSTY 3: COOL HOLIDAY JAZZ CELEBRATION ....featuring some of Philadelphia's finest Jazz musicians. Frosty3! is co-produced and hosted by J. Michael Harrison. Hear him Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on The Bridge, on 90.1FM WRTI. SATURDAY | December 12th, 2015 | 3:00 p.m. IRVINE   Read More....

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Celebrating Bill Barron & Ted Curson

On Friday October 16th, 2015, at the American Philosophical Society, PJP will pay tribute to two talented Philadelphia artists Bill Barron and Ted Curson, who were in the thick of things during the New Thing in Jazz in the late 1950s. If you've never "heard of" them, you've probably "heard" them. Saxophonist, Bill Barron and trumpeter, Ted   Read More....

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More Home Cooking

Philadelphia Jazz Project director, Homer Jackson was recently interviewed by Matthew Leister of Jump Philly Magazine. They discussed the Homecooking; Celebrating The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition concert which occurred on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at World Cafe Live and will be broadcast on National Public Radio's [NPR’s] Jazz Night In   Read More....

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PJP’s Jazzy Christmas Celebration

From LOVE Park to Penn’s Landing, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Philadelphia is blessed with many family holiday traditions, including everyone’s favorite, the Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show.   Back in the day, families would go to the Gallery at Market East and sing holiday songs around the   Read More....

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Frosty 2: Another Cool Holiday Jazz Celebration

Celebrate the Holidays with the Philadelphia Jazz Project! FROSTY 2: Another COOL HOLIDAY JAZZ CELEBRATION ....featuring some of Philadelphia's finest Jazz musicians. Co-produced and hosted by J. Michael Harrison of WRTI SATURDAY | December 13, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. [Doors open at 3:45pm] IRVINE AUDITORIUM 3401 Spruce Street,   Read More....

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Something Special

On Sunday, December 15th 2013, something special happened. With the planning of witty co-producer, J. Michael Harrison, the wizardly help of pianist, musical director, Aaron Graves, and the gargantuan efforts of the Philadelphia Jazz Project's team of Melissa Talley-Palmer, Julia Lopez and Gail Fountaine, Frosty: A Cool Holiday Jazz   Read More....

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Philly Jazz Quotes

If it hadn't been for him, there wouldn't have been none of us. I want to thank Mr. Louis Armstrong for my livelihood.
                    Dizzy Gillespie

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