The annual Center City Jazz Festival returns for its seventh year on Saturday, April 28th. You’ll be able to spend six hours listening to the sweet sounds of horns, keys and more. There will be over twenty bands performing across five venues on the Sansom Street corridor: Franky Bradley’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Fergie’s Pub, MilkBoy, and Time Restaurant. Continue reading →
On Saturday, April 29th, the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival will stock Philadelphia with more than a dozen jazz acts for one day only across five intimate venues. This year’s line-up concentrates even more on the depth of talent found within the city limits and features some recent favorites as well as longtime leaders.
This year’s Center City Jazz Festival has been announced and features a wide range of performers and venues. Happening on Saturday, April 30th, this will be the event’s fifth annual installment after local trombone player Ernest Stuart founded the fest in 2012.
The best Philadelphia music festival you haven’t checked out yet, Center City Jazz Festival took over the Sansom Street corridor on Saturday afternoon with 20 performers stationed at five different venues. In terms of bang for your buck, it’s an incredible deal: a $15 ticket lets you bounce from space to space, maximizing the music you take in.
If you know nothing about jazz, it’s a robust introduction to the scene – ultra-modern originals mixed with traditional standards and crossover covers of Sigur Ros, Aphex Twin and Nirvana. If you’re more versed in the jazz world, CCJF shines a light on the variety our community has to offer. Continue reading →
We’ve been anticipating the fourth annual Center City Jazz Festival, and the final schedule has been announced, as well as the addition of Franky Bradley’s on the schedule of venues.
On April 25 from 1 to 7 p.m., an array of jazz musicians will bring their talent to a handful of Philly spots. Catch the full schedule below, and get acquainted with some of the performers here. Continue reading →
The lineup for the fourth annual Center City Jazz Festival has been announced, with some Philly favorites on the list, like Ben Schachter & Re:Trio, Daud El-Bakara Sextet, Dena Underwood, Ernest Stuart, Fresh Cut Orchestra, Max Swan and the beloved West Philadelphia Orchestra.
This year’s festival is set for Saturday, April 25 (tickets). Catch the whole lineup here, and get acquainted with some of the festival’s performers below. Continue reading →
The Center City Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for the day long festival on Saturday, April 19th. Four venues – including Milkboy Philly, Chris’s Jazz Cafe and TIME Restaurant will host 16 bands throughout the day. Highlights this year include vocalist Joanna Pascale, tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr., and Steve Coleman and Five Elements. Coleman, from Chicago, is the founding member of the M-Base Collective, a collective of musicians and an approach to musical and creative expression. Below is the complete schedule, and a couple of free downloads from Coleman’s work with Five Elements. Go here for tickets, listen to music below and peruse the schedule after the jump.
The 2nd annual Center City Jazz Festival takes place this weekend starting Friday, May 10th at the Philadelphia Art Museum with a performance from Cuban American singer-songwriter Venissa Santi. An incredibly talented Philadelphian, Santi was a 2008 Pew Fellow in Folk and Traditional Arts and is a graduate of the University of the Arts. She will perform with saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett, with Larry Kramer and Luis Bonilla.
Also on Saturday, there are 20+ other performances at venues including Fergie’s Pub, Milkboy Philly, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Time Restaurant (Upstairs and Downstairs). The headlining show features pianist Orrin Evans at the Arts Bank Theater at the University of The Arts. While many of the musicians are playing at the same times, we’ve put together some suggestions for sets to check out. Continue reading →
The musical adaptation of Rocky won’t be the only Philadelphia-centric theater production to hit the stage in the near future. Thanks to the Knight Arts Challenge, a collaboration between Dr. Dog and the Pig Iron Theatre Company is one of 43 Philadelphia arts projects to be awarded grants by foundation this year. The local band and innovative performance group sit alongside music education initiatives, art installations and experimental spacial projects on the list of funding winners. Check out a sampling of grantees below:
To increase audiences for jazz, the new Center City Jazz Festival will expand in to add a second day and include new venues. The festival focuses on presenting new, live jazz at venues big and small in Center City Philadelphia. Challenge funding will also help the festival set aside free tickets for students and provide performances at a local high school.
The Obie and Barrymore Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company will work with one of Philadelphia’s highest-profile indie rock bands, Dr. Dog, to create a concert spectacle billed as a multimedia opera in the tradition of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”
To bring Indian music to new audiences, the 26-year-old Sruti Music and Dance Society will hold a concert series geared toward a young, urban crowd…. Each concert will be held in a nontraditional venue in the city’s core and will be accompanied with post- or pre-show chat sessions and a community workshop.
Philadelphia has a rich jazz legacy, producing the talents of Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and more. The Freedom in the City Festival will honor this history by offering 30 days of programming that will take place at current and defunct spaces of significance — literally mapping the history of jazz in Philadelphia.
For a full list of funded projects, visit the Knight Arts Foundation website here.