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Saxophonist Chris Farr graduated from University of the Arts in 1995 and since then has been a highly sought after performer and educator. Chris is currently the head of the saxophone department at the University of the Arts. Chris is also a clinician and endorser of Eastman saxophones. Over the past 15 years has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, Sting, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Teddy Pendergrass, Grover Washington, Gerald Veasley & Maynard Ferguson.

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John Swana: Philly Gumbo

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Crazy in Philly!

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Showers 2. It's Always There 3. Down on 3rd 4. Bars 5. Misty (Errol Garner) 6. Hit Me Now! 7. Folding My Shirt 8. Many Years.

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 REVIEW

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 ...

Please Call

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. Flash Tune 2. Just Friends (Klenner and Lewis) 3. C’mon, It’s A Thing! 4. Please Call 5. Repeat Process 6. Cancellation 7. No One Else 8. Charge 9. Not A Prayer 10. Short Term


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