Philadelphia Jazz Project to celebrate John Coltrane’s 90 birthday with free events

via the Philadelphia Jazz Project

Next month, music fans around the world will be celebrating what would have been jazz legend John Coltrane’s 90th birthday on September 23rd. While Coltrane wasn’t born here, he moved to Philadelphia in 1943 after he graduated from high school, and lived in North Philly until he moved to New York in 1958. Philadelphia Jazz Project, along with WRTI, will be celebrating Coltrane’s music and significance over a nine day period from September 17th-26th with a series of free events including film screenings, media presentations, concerts, exhibitions and other special events. Continue reading →


The Philadelphia Jazz Project presents Facing East: The Islamic Influence In Jazz

Pianist Bernard Samuel is musical director of the Facing East program next week | via Philadelphia Jazz Project

To celebrate the Islamic stories and influences in jazz, the Philadelphia Jazz Project will present Facing East: The Islamic Influence In Jazz on Thursday, July 14th at the International House. The event will feature musical compositions by John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kool & The Gang and more.

PJP works to create a network of support and celebration for the diversity of Philadelphia’s jazz community through performances, advocacy, collaborations and open dialogue within the city and on the global scale. Continue reading →


Philadelphia Jazz Project joins Make Music Philly with Lucky Thompson Band and more

Lucky Thompson / via
Lucky Thompson / via

Philadelphia Jazz Project will be lending some of its talent to the second-annual Make Music Philly celebration taking place on Saturday, June 21. The project will present three concerts at Friends Meeting House with jazz veteran Lucky Thompson Band, spiritually-grounded Kim Pedro’s NU Grv Quartet and all-female jazz group Kendrah Butler & nVizion. Each ensemble brings its own unique approach to jazz. Make Music Philly is a free, day-long event and open to the public. For more information about the jazz concerts, check out the Make Music Philly website here.


Philadelphia Jazz Project takes to the streets at Make Music Philly

JazzMonth-Postcard-FinalzzAs dozens of artists and performers take to the streets at Make Music Philly tomorrow, the Philadelphia Jazz Project is participating with an assortment of events.

Trumpet/saxophone duo with Daud El Barka and Korey Riker will play in front of the LOVE Sculpture, while musician/promoter Jesse Bermudez will present a performance of Cafe Con Pan Latin jazz held in front of the historic Centro Musical North Philly music store.

Starting at 11 a.m., Center City will be graced with dynamic, piano performances by some of Philly’s finest jazz artists including Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Steve Rice, Suzzette Ortiz, Terry Klinefelter, Farid Barron, and others from the Jacobs Music Company.

Come out and join in the music at this all-day, all-over, all-free event. For more information on the day or to see where/when each artist is performing, click here.


Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with free events from the Philadelphia Jazz Project

Musicians Korey Riker (left) and Daud El Bakara (right) Photo by Harvey Finkle
Musicians Korey Riker (left) and Daud El Bakara (right)
Photo by Harvey Finkle

April is Jazz Month, and the Philadelphia Jazz Project is presenting four free events throughout the month.

Friday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Listening Party hosted by J. Michael Harrison at the Performance Garage

Friday, April 19, 7:30 PM
TC III and Company featuring James Spaulding and Daud El Bakara Ensemble
Hosted by Stephanoe Renee’ and Bernard Collins at the Philadelphia Clef Club

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 PM
Jazz Dance + Jazz Music: A Shotgun Divorce at the Gershman Y

Friday, April 26, 7:30 PM
Lucky Thompson and Suzanne Burgess
Hosted by Darius Lantz and Aziza Kinteh at the Philadelphia Clef Club.

For more information about the Philadelphia Jazz Project and these events, go here.