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Satellites Series: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra

Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra   In the fall of 2014, Philadelphia Jazz Project developed a special mixtape project honoring the immeasurable imaginative genius of the late Philadelphia, visionary musician, philosopher, composer and band leader, Sun Ra [1914 to 1993]. This unique challenge provided an   Read More....

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Announcing PJP Mixtape #5

Mixtapes are a great, American invention. Given to us by the early Hiphop community, they allow us to experience something special usually in its musical infancy, or they give us a chance to see the behind the scenes process of musical creativity. And sometimes, mixtapes are just a great way to get something wonderful for FREE.   If you   Read More....

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The Ella Fitztival

The Ella Fitztival Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 8pm Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center 7 Lock Street, [Manayunk] Phila., PA 19127 Get Tickets Here   Ella Fitzgerald is one of America's most amazing, as well as most beloved artists. She emerged as a 17 year old contestant in the famed Amatuer Night At The Apollo, moved   Read More....

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Four For The City

Much like Philly's own saxophone colossus, Archie Shepp's classic album, "Four For Trane;" a musical celebration honoring John Coltrare, PJP is presenting four, special concerts for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. These concerts are produced in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia   Read More....

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Bohème Big Band Love Fest

V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist and poet, who trained with master keyboardist, Trudy Pitts and has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, SugarHouse Casino, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Resorts Casino, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Clef Club for Performing Arts, African-American Museum in Philadelphia and   Read More....

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Announcing Sun Ra Mixtape # 6

Happy Winter Solstice!!! If you're not aware, the winter solstice, for the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest day of the calendar year. Shortest day because it is the shortest period of sunlight, with the longest period of darkness. Which also gives us the longest night.   Human beings have tracked the sun’s path across the sky for   Read More....

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Bohème Big Band Holiday Swing Thing

V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist and poet. He and colleague, trumpeter, pianist and composer, Marcell Bellinger have been performing as the Bohéme Band: a retro Jazz ensemble with love of Swing, BeBop and Early R&B. Join them for a special holiday event, featuring a larger ensemble with Chris Coyle: bass and Khary Abdul-Shaeed:   Read More....

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DivaNation Equinox Concert

Women’s Coalition for Empowerment Presents DivaNation: An Equinox Night to Remember Friday, September 23rd 9pm -11pm (Doors 8:30 pm) Alma Mater - 7165 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia TICKETS ($10 online; $15 at door) GET TICKETS HERE   PJP: DivaNation has an upcoming show scheduled for this September.  Can you tell me more   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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Feathers: A Poe Inspired Concert

Raven Illustration by Denise Erickson   FEATHERS: A Musical Menagerie Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe Saturday, October 17th at 8:00pm Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Phila., PA 19103   Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door Get Tickets Here!   Featuring Baltimore-based multi-media artist, Joyce J.   Read More....

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Phila Songbook Concert Vol 2


 In February of 2014, PJP presented the very first Philadelphia Songbook Concert at Temple Performing Art Center [TPAC]. There were over 900 excited people in attendance. They saw an amazing concert with an all star band led by pianist Alfie Pollitt, featuring artists like Pablo Batista, Webb Thomas, Barbara Walker, Pete Chavez, Ella Gahnt,   Read More....

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Billy Strayhorn Celebration

Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn is a diverse, inter-generational tribute to Dayton-born, Pittsburgh-raised, pianist, composer and arranger, William Thomas Strayhorn. As Duke Ellington's creative partner for over 30 years, the openly gay and unprecedented Strayhorn created such classics and standards of the Great American   Read More....

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