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Jazz Philadelphia Summit 2020: October 9 & 10

Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, 

Terri Lyne Carrington and More Participate

in the Jazz Philadelphia Summit Celebrating

Resilience: October 9 and 10

Such luminaries on the national Jazz scene — Christian McBride, Orrin Evans (both Philadelphians), Terri Lyne Carrington and Emmet Cohen — will participate in the third annual Jazz Philadelphia Summit on October 9 and 10, which is virtual this year. Regional and national arts innovators will honor the city’s jazz scene, get inspired about how musicians, presenters, and educators have pivoted during the pandemic, and discuss innovations around the future of jazz education and performance in Philadelphia and beyond.

The Summit’s theme this year will be Resilience. “Philadelphia’s musicians and artists have a well-earned reputation for supporting and strengthening one another. In challenging times such as these, when we are navigating a pandemic and struggling for social justice, that spirit of unity is more important than ever.” says renowned jazz bassist Gerald Veasley, president of Jazz Philadelphia. In light of COVID-19 and the major defunding of Philadelphia’s arts sector, organizers at Jazz Philadelphia believe that the Summit can be a space for learning the myriad ways musicians and educators have survived and thrived during this time and uplifting stories that represent our culturally-diverse city.

The Summit’s keynote speaker will be Terri Lyne Carrington, celebrated drummer, multi-Grammy, award-winning recording artist, and founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Studies.

Philadelphia’s own six-time Grammy award winner Christian McBride, will be offering inspiring remarks, and pianist-curators Orrin Evans and Emmet Cohen will share their experiences with creating live streaming series.

Other confirmed speakers include: composer-pianist and MacArthur fellow Vijay Iyer, community education innovator Michael O’Bryan, USC professor Dr. Ron McCurdy, and Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Bassist, Joseph Conyers. The Summit will feature a screening of Full Mantis, the documentary on the life of world-renowned percussionist Milford Graves, a jazz/spoken word performance by legendary guitarist, Monnette Sudler and Philadelphia’s 2020-2021 Poet Laureate, Trapeta B. Mayson, as well as live and video performances from some of Philadelphia’s outstanding talent such as Laurin Talese and George Burton. Musicians will also have the opportunity to have one-one-one sessions with pros such as jazz community stalwart, and Berks Jazz Festival General Manager, John Ernesto.

Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering virtually for high-level discussions, hands-on workshops, feedback sessions, and performances. Sessions will be held from 10:30 until 4:30 on Friday and 11:00 until 4:30 on Saturday, with evening “Chill” sessions in the evening. RSVP is required and pay-what-you-wish tickets are available through the Jazz Philadelphia website at

Jazz Philadelphia is proud to have the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with PECO as the lead sponsor this year. “We can’t thank them enough for their commitment to jazz, to innovation, and to an ongoing partnership with both Jazz Philadelphia and our entire city and region,” says Executive Director Heather Shayne Blakeslee.

Major funding has also been provided by The Wyncote Foundation, and advertising opportunities are available.

About Jazz Philadelphia

Jazz Philadelphia’s mission is to advance the development of the city’s thriving and vibrant local jazz scene and to gain recognition for Philadelphia as the world-class jazz destination it is. By convening and connecting the jazz community, we hope to honor our roots, celebrate our present, and embrace the future of jazz in Philadelphia. Jazz Philadelphia is a sponsored project of Equal Measure, made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.


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