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The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco at the Kimmel Center

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The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
June 1, 2019

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), under the leadership of trumpeter Terell Stafford, has produced a series of action-packed concerts at the Kimmel Center, featuring special guest artists, all ...

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops
“Uptown Nights"
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
March 1, 2019

The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when ...

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The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

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The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
January 19, 2019

The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

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Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band
Reception and Kickoff Concert
Kaplan Auditorium
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
September 7, 2017

They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

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Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
A String of Pearls
Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2016

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Tribute to Strayhorn and Golson at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Spring Concert Honoring Billy Strayhorn and Benny Golson
Perelman Theater
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
May 9, 2015

This concert was billed as “A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn," but it was, in fact, evenly divided between Strayhorn's music and that of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

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Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West ...

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Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Power of Ten
Rick Lawn, Musical Director
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
February 4, 2014

The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...