Festivals

Philadelphia Jazz Festival

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April 29, 2017

Publicists:
Maureen McFadden

Festival Website:
Philadelphia Jazz Festival

 

 

 

 

BIO
LINEUP
NEWS
BIO

The Philadelphia Jazz Experience—a new non-profit organization founded by the brothers Robert and Ben Bynum, creators of popular restaurants/jazz venues including SOUTH, Paris Bistro, Relish, and Warmdaddy’s, as well as the former internationally recognized Zanzibar Blue—is proud to announce, in conjunction with Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, the first annual Philadelphia Jazz Festival. The Festival, which will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, is set to take place in various venues across the city from Sunday, April 23 through Sunday, April 30.

The mission of the newly created 501(c)(3) is to support local, national, and internationally recognized artists. The festival will strive to create an impactful annual event that will resonate throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and to preserve and promote the emblematic jazz history of Philadelphia. “We support Philadelphia’s diverse pool of musicians 52 weeks a year in four different locations across the city,” explains Robert Bynum. “This Philadelphia Jazz Festival, along with the PJE, is about strengthening the fabric of our community and cultivating future generations of fans, artists, and jazz admirers.”

In their inaugural year, the Philadelphia Jazz Festival will present a comprehensive mix of artists across a broad musical spectrum. Multiple Grammy® Award-winning drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington; Madison McFerrin, daughter of Bobby McFerrin; original member of the famed Saturday Night Live band Steve Turre; 93-year-old pianist/singer/composer Bob Dorough, and others will perform throughout the week while locals including Lil John Roberts, Jeff Bradshaw, and Jaguar Wright are also set to appear. The Philadelphia Jazz Festival will support the return engagement of esteemed alumnus and newly signed Mack Avenue Records recording artist Joey DeFrancesco (who recently received a star on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame) as part of a local All-Star band, Randy Brecker, E-Lew (Eric Lewis), and others. Pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Gerald Veasley, both of whom helped launch a pair of weekly series at SOUTH, are also slated to perform.

While the music certainly stands on its own, the Festival will also offer an important Education & Outreach component with several events throughout the week. Partnered with organizations such as the Kimmel Center, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, and Jazz Journeys, the public can attend the “Meeting with the Masters” program, meet and greets, discussions, luncheons, and more with artists like Leon Jordon Sr., Orrin Evans, and Gerald Veasley.

The Festival’s partnerships include the following venues: the Bynums’ four locations, Chris’ Jazz Club, World Café Live, The Philadelphia Clef Club, Tavern on Broad, Ardmore Music Hall, and the new Michael Nutter Theater at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Sponsors for the festival include Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, PECO, Stella Artois, Bud Light, Republic Bank, Brown Foreman, Promixo Beverage, Penn Beer, Breakthru Beverage, Southern Wines & Spirits, among others.

 

 

LINEUP

FRIDAY 9/1: 

7:00pm - 8:15pm 

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence: Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

8:30pm - 8:55pm

  • Miles Mosley and The West Coast Get Down  - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:00pm - 10:15pm

  • Herbie Hancock

11:00pm - 1:30am

  • Hometown Jam Session celebrating Detroit legacy artist George “Sax” Benson featuring legacy guest artist Rick Margitza House Band – Dreamers: The George “Sax” Benson Songbook Glenn Tucker, Vincent York, Wendell Harrison, Vincent Bowens, Steve Wood, Marion Hayden, and Renell Gonsalves - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

 

SATURDAY 9/2:

11:30am - 1:00pm

  • MSBOA Showcase: Northview HS Jackson HS Warren Mott HS - Absopure Water Front Stage

12:00pm - 1:15pm

  • University of Michigan Combo Showcase - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • 2017 DJF National Jazz Drums Competition Winner - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • McKinFolk - JPMorgan Chase Mainstage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • The Ali Bey Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

3:15pm - 4:30pm

  • John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:30pm - 4:45pm

  • Zen Zadravec Quartet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Theo Croker Quintet - Absopure Water Front Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • Donny McCaslin Group - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • HUDSON Jack DeJohnetteLarry GrenadierJohn MedeskiJohn Scofield - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

5:45pm - 7:00pm

  • Michael Dease Quintet – Detroit ‘Bone Celebrating JJ Johnson, Curtis Fuller, & Frank Rosolino - Absopure Water Front Stage

7:15pm - 8:30pm

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

7:30pm - 8:45pm

  • Danilo Pérez’s Panamonk Revisited: 20th Anniversary with Ben Street and Terri Lyne Carrington - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

7:45pm - 9:00pm

  • Billy Childs Quartet: Rebirth - Absopure Water Front Stage

8:00pm - 9:15pm

  • Miles Mosley and The West Coast Get Down - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:15pm - 10:30pm

  • Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

11:00pm - 12:15am

  • Donny McCaslin Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

 

SUNDAY 9/3:

12:15am - 1:30am

  • Theo Croker Quintet Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

11:30am - 1:00pm

  • MSBOA Showcase: Meridian HS Eisenhower HS Northville HS - Absopure Water Front Stage

12:00pm - 1:15pm

  • Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra I - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

12:15pm - 1:15pm

  • J.C. Heard JazzWeek@Wayne All-Star Youth Ensemble - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • Urban Transport Reunion - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:00pm - 3:15pm

  • Kyle Eastwood Band - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Ron English Dectet - Absopure Water Front Stage

2:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Marcus Elliot Quartet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

3:15pm - 4:30pm

  • Cameron Graves - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Henry Butler & the Jambalaya Band - Absopure Water Front Stage

3:45pm - 4:45pm

  • Vincent Bowens Organ Quartet  - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • 2017 Featured Untitled Artist: Karriem Riggins Live featuring Common and Special Guest – Music with a Purpose - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:15pm - 6:30pm

  • Sean Jones Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

5:30pm - 6:45pm

  • Kat Edmonson - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

5:45pm - 7:00pm

  • Akihiro Nishiguchi Trio - Absopure Water Front Stage

6:00pm - 7:15pm

  • John Beasley’s MONK’estra - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

7:15pm - 8:30pm

  • Wide Angles: Celebrating the music of Michael Brecker featuring Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Rick Margitza, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra Gil Goldstein, Musical Director - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

7:30pm - 8:45pm

  • The Benny Golson Quintet - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

7:45pm - 9:00pm

  • Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

8:00pm - 9:15pm

  • Kamasi Washington - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

9:15pm - 10:30pm

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence Quintet: Wayne Shorter, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

11:00pm - 12:15pm 

  • Mack Avenue Records: All-Star Jam Session Sean Jones Quartet - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

 

MONDAY 9/4:

12:15am - 1:30am

  • NYC Jam Session - Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Hotel, Renaissance Ballroom on the 4th Floor, Jam Sessions presented by Mack Avenue Records

11:45am - 1:15pm

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District Showcase: DJF-DPS All-City Jazz Combo - Absopure Water Front Stage

1:00pm - 2:15pm

  • World Premiere “HANK’S SYMPHONY” The Music of Hank Mobley lyrics by George V. Johnson Jr. special guest Benny Golson - JPMorgan Chase Mainstage

1:15pm - 2:30pm

  • Johnny O’Neal Trio - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

1:20pm - 2:20pm

  • Rodney Whitaker Quintet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

2:15pm - 3:15pm

  • Sheila Landis Jazz - Absopure Water Front Stage

2:45pm - 4:00pm

  • Wayne State University Big Band I with legacy guest artist Rick Margitza - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • Regina Carter: Simply Ella - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

3:00pm - 4:15pm

  • Robert Hurst presents Black Current Jam  - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

4:00pm - 5:15pm

  • Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet - Absopure Water Front Stage

4:45pm - 6:00pm

  • Vijay Iyer Sextet - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

4:45pm - 5:45pm

  • The Russell Malone Quartet featuring: Russell Malone, Rick Germanson, Willie Jones III, and Luke Sellick - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

5:00pm - 6:15pm

  • Stanley Clarke - JPMorgan Chase Main Stage

5:45pm - 6:45pm

  • 2017 Untitled Featured Artist: Karriem Riggins Live with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding – Music with a Purpose - Absopure Water Front Stage

6:30pm - 7:45pm

  • New Light: The Music of Elvin Jones: Live @ The Lighthouse featuring Dave Liebman, Gene Perla, Adam Niewood, Adam Nussbaum - Wayne State University Pyramid Stage

6:45pm - 8:00pm

  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Detroit Jazz festival Orchestra: Emanon - Carhartt Amphitheater Stage

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