Check out this cool behind the scenes video from last year’s Fourth of July Jam


On the latest edition of Vinyl Destination, a documentary series featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, the cameras go behind the scenes of 2013′s July Fourth Welcome America event, featuring not only Jazzy Jeff, but also artists like Jill Scott and The Roots (I watched the first half of the video thinking it was from this year’s, but oddly enough, it’s actually from last year’s). The video shows conversations between the artists about Jeff learning to swim and Jill learning to drive, and interestingly enough, there’s a scene just around the corner of WXPN’s World Cafe live as Jazzy Jeff checks out the food trucks on 30th Street. Check out the episode below:

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Watch the Philly 4th of July Jam with The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Nicki Minaj and more

Photo by Mark Stehle via
Photo by Mark Stehle via

Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and The Roots performed at the Wawa Welcome America on July 4th, hosted by Marlon Wayans. Joining The Roots were Philly R&B singer Bilal and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Earlier last week, Aloe Blacc stopped by WXPN to record a session for an upcoming World Cafe with David Dye.

Below, watch the July 4th Jam in its entirety via VH-1.

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Remembering Live 8 in Philly on July 2, 2005

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

On this date in 2005, the Live 8 concerts were held around the world, including at the Philadelphia Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, performers in Philly included Stevie Wonder, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Linkin Park with Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, Destiny’s Child, the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Def Leppard, Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20), Toby Keith, and Kanye West (who performed with string section who wore Long Ranger-styled strips of black tape over their eyes). Some highlights below.

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Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s new web video series, Vinyl Destination

While on tour in 2012, famed Philadelphia turntablist DJ Jazzy Jeff had a camera with him at all times (well, most times), and the result is Vinyl Destination, a new web video series he launched with the new year. In the first episode, which premiered on Tuesday, Jeff visits Hong Kong. Subsequent episodes will follow him to 50 cities around the globe, and will include appearances by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg (Lion), Estelle and more. From Jeff’s blog:

“I am blessed to be able to travel the world and play music for people to enjoy,” said Jeff. “So I thought it would be a great idea to record it this time so that I could take my fans along for the ride.”

Filmed and edited by Cristopher Schafer of Virginia-based production company, Visually Inklined, Vinyl Destination shows viewers what it is really like to be one of the world’s busiest DJ’s.

Watch Episode 1 below, and keep your eyes peeled for more installments on a biweekly basis.

VINYL DESTINATION | EPISODE 1 from DJ Jazzy Jeff on Vimeo.



Video flashback: Watch Rap City, the 1988 documentary about Philly’s rising hop-hop scene

Schoolly D (right) and DJ Code Money (left)

In 1988 video producers/directors Glenn Holsten and Lisa Marie Russo produced a documentary about the emerging Philadelphia rap scene for WHYY television called Rap City. The documentary featured some incredible interviews with Schoolly-D (and his mom), Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Ruffhouse Records founder Chris Schwartz, hip-hop radio pioneer Lady B and Yvette Money and excellently captured the energy of Philly’s mid to late 80′s hip-hop scene. You can watch all three parts of the documentary below.

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Watch video from the Roots’ 4th of July Jam featuring Darryl Hall, Common, Jazzy Jeff, and Queen Latifah

Wednesday was the Roots’ Fourth of July Jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Darryl Hall, Queen Latifah, Common, and Joe Jonas. Lauryn Hill from The Fugees made a guest appearance. Watch some videos from the concert below via YouTube-ist That Guy In Philly.

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Questlove, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama and others to play Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs on July 3rd at Voyeur

The Roots are playing the Welcome America Philly 4th of July Jam and the night before on Tuesday, July 3rd, Questlove presents Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs at Yoyeur with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, DJ Drama, DJ PHSH, J Rocc and more. Go here for tickets and more information.

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Download the new DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ayah album Back For More

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Toronto singer Ayah have released a new album called Back For More, which you can download for free here. Produced by Jeff and James Poyser (from The Roots and Demien DeSandies), the album is a groove-inciting collection of R&B, neo-soul, and smooth, funky jams.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Philly Fourth of July Jam on The Parkway

Philadelphia has annually been treated to music and fireworks on the Parkway in celebration of America’s birthday, but this year is set to be particularly impressive, being billed the “largest free concert in America.” Festival director Questlove (along with sponsor Wawa) pulled out all the stops for this year’s Philly Fourth of July Jam to produce an all-star show that will feature names such as The Roots, Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. To explain why the day is so special to him, Questlove said,

“I have been attending the fireworks and the concert on the Parkway in Philly since I was kid. I have had the pleasure to perform on the main stage over the past two years and truly understand the impact this event has on the city and can potentially have on the world. July 4th should be to Philadelphia what New Year’s Eve is to Time Square in New York City. That is the kind of excitement we are aiming to bring to Philly this year and in years to come.”

Headlining the show will be Philadelphia’s own The Roots, who have in recent years become a summer mainstay for the city. Their fourth annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier in June brought in a diverse group of acts such as Nas, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wiz Khalifa, and Man Man. They perform their mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and funk with live instruments and tons of attitude and dancing, making for a truly enjoyable show.

Earth, Wind and Fire have had a huge amount of success in their 40+ year career. With six Grammy Awards, seven top 10 albums, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the super-group has established itself as a true legend of our time. Their expansive career has allowed for experimentation with many sounds and projects, and throughout it all their 14+ person live shows have remained incredibly dynamic.

Michael McDonald is another a multi-Grammy Award winning artist, for his work as a singer-songwriter and with the Doobie Brothers. His style is sometimes described as “blue-eyed soul,” which he accomplishes via his expressive voice and keyboards. He had a #1 single with the Doobie Brothers with “What A Fool Believes,” as well as many hits from his debut solo album If That’s What It Takes.

Also performing will be British singer Estelle, singer-songwriter Sarah Bareilles, and Philly’s DJ Jazzy Jeff, originally of Fresh Prince fame. The concert will include a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records’ “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Following the show at 10:30, there will be grand finale fireworks over the Museum of Art. For additional information regarding all of the Wawa Welcome America weekend festivities, visit the website here.

The Philly Fourth of July Jam will feature The Roots performing with Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sarah Bareilles, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. The free, all-ages concert will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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