Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month With The Center City Jazz Festival And More This April

Look for musician meet-and-greets, film nights and live performances galore...

It’s time to jazz up your schedule with some sweet sounds from horns, keys and more.

All April long, Philadelphia celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating with the Sixth Annual Center City Jazz Festival, featuring 20 live bands playing across five venues on Saturday, April 29.

A countless cast of musical luminaries — Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters and more — once called the City of Brotherly Love home and this city maintains a rich jazz scene to this day.

In recognition of local live jazz talent from past, present and future, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy — known as Creative Philadelphia — honors Jazz Appreciation Month with a series of live performances, panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibitions throughout the city.

Events throughout the month provide opportunities for longtime aficionados, jazz newbies and even kindergarten keyboardists to experience what the sound is all about for people of all ages.

Center City Jazz Festival
(Photo by G. Miller for Visit Philadelphia )
Throughout the month of April, Philadelphians celebrate jazz with live music and special events, including the Center City Jazz Festival, a daylong multi-venue festival on Saturday, April 29.

Center City Jazz Festival

The highlight of Jazz Appreciation Month, the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 29 closes out a jam-packed month of soulful celebrations recognizing the jazz genre and its talented musicians.

The festival features six hours of live performances at five downtown locations, all conveniently within walking distance of each other. One ticket gives attendees access to all 20 bands scheduled to play over the course of the day.

This year’s venues are Fergie’s Pub, Chris’ Jazz Café, Franky Bradley’s, Milkboy Philadelphia and Time.

Save the date — Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 7 p.m. — and click here for information on all of the performances. Tickets can be purchased in advance, here.

Read on for our top picks on where to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month leading up to the Center City Jazz Festival, and find all of the scheduled events here.

WRTI Jazz Listening Sessions at City Hall

Tap into a conversation with world-renowned jazz musicians every Wednesday at City Hall as part of WRTI's Jazz Listening Sessions. WRTI’s Jeff Duperon will sit down with a handful of the country’s top artists to chat about making music and turning it into a career. While the lunchtime chats are free, registration is required and seating is limited.

WRTI Jazz Listening Sessions at City Hall

When:Wednesdays throughout April, noon-1 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, The Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116 (Enter through the Market East Portal), 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Cost:Free, registration required

www.creativephl.org

Paris Bistro Presents: Latin Jazz Featuring Lynn Riley and The World Mix

Lynn RileyPhoto courtesy Lynn Riley

Described as the “Superwoman” of the sax, Lynn Riley — raised just outside of Philadelphia — is not a musician to miss. The jazz player, composer and educator has mastered both the saxophone and flute and toured the world. Catch her at Chestnut Hill's Paris Bistro for a night of Latin-inspired rhythms.

Paris Bistro Presents: Latin Jazz Featuring Lynn Riley and The World Mix

When:April 6, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe, 8229 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$5

www.creativephl.org/event

Warmdaddy’s Presents: Tribute To Frankie Beverly with Rich Tucker and Universal Koncept

West Philadelphia guitarist Richard Tucker has toured and recorded with many icons in the music business, including Harlod Melvin & The Blue Notes, Blue Magic, De De Sharp, Lou Rawls and more. With a repertoire of soul, R&B, jazz and rock, Tucker has toured the world 17 times. He's back for two nights this month at Warmdaddy's, hosting 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances where you can catch a special tribute to Frankie Beverly.

Warmdaddy’s Presents: Tribute To Frankie Beverly with Rich Tucker and Universal Koncept

When:April 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where:Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$20

www.creativephl.org/event

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Presents Grow Up Great with Host Kendrah Butler Trio

Kimmel CenterPhoto By M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

You'll want to bring the kiddos out for this one. Musical director Kendrah Butler creates an interactive experience designed for children to learn the basics of jazz and musical theater. Attendees will explore different instruments, dance, shake and even sing in this free Saturday morning event that explores African-American traditions and weaves in rhythms of the African diaspora, gospel and jazz.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Presents Grow Up Great with Host Kendrah Butler Trio

When:April 8, 11 a.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org/event

SOUTH Presents: The Michael Andrews Band

Michael Andrews' smooth and soulful bass-baritone vocals enabled him win the 2016 Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Award Male Vocalist of the Year. He heads to SOUTH to deliver a lively performance full of standards, spirituals and show tunes, as well as R&B- and jazz-derived pieces.

SOUTH Presents: The Michael Andrews Band

When:April 16, 7-10:30 p.m.
Where:SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 North Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org/event

LiveConnections Presents: John Patitucci + Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live

Two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist John Patitucci will play a show with the Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live, presented by LiveConnections. LiveConnections is a nonprofit in residence at World Cafe Live that facilitates the collaboration between different artists. Look forward to a fusion of jazz and classical styles at this evening showcase.

LiveConnections Presents: John Patitucci + Daedalus Quartet at World Cafe Live

When:April 18, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$20

www.creativephl.org/event

JAZZ IS PHSH at World Cafe Live

Phish-heads, listen up. Jazz Is PHSH is a collective of innovative jazz and jam musicians, many of whom have toured with Phish in the past. The group reimagines Phish creations into instrumental, funky jazz accessible to both diehard fans and jazz-funk enthusiasts.

JAZZ IS PHSH at World Cafe Live

When:April 20, 8-10 p.m.
Where:World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost:$17 in advance, $20 at the door

www.creativephl.org/event

Luncheon, Live Performance, Discussion and Meet-And-Greet Featuring Leon Jordan Sr. Trio

Performing jazz, pop, gospel, Latin and even country music, Leon Jordan Sr. can be heard on more than 125 published recordings as a sideman. He's toured with many of the greats, gaining 35 years of experience from which he now draws upon to teach others. Join him for a meet-and-greet, live discussion and performance, all taking place for free at SOUTH. Note: Be sure to register in advance.

Luncheon, Live Performance, Discussion and Meet-And-Greet Featuring Leon Jordan Sr. Trio

When:April 25, noon-2 p.m.
Where:SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 North Broad Street
Cost:Free, registration required

www.creativephl.org/event

Film Series at Philadelphia Clef Club: Arrows into Infinity

Arrows into Infinity chronicles the life of American jazz musician Charles Lloyd, a trailblazer as both a tenor saxophone and flute musician. The documentary is co-directed and produced by Lloyd’s wife and features interviews with notable musicians with whom Lloyd had a chance to collaborate, along with other luminary musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Robbie Robertson and Jack DeJohnette. Watch the two-hour film with other jazz enthusiasts at the Philadelphia Clef Club.

Film Series at Philadelphia Clef Club: Arrows into Infinity

When:April 26, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 South Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org/event

Film Series at Philadelphia Clef Club: Arrows into Infinity

Arrows into Infinity chronicles the life of American jazz musician Charles Lloyd, a trailblazer as both a tenor saxophone and flute musician. The documentary is co-directed and produced by Lloyd’s wife and features interviews with notable musicians with whom Lloyd had a chance to collaborate, along with other luminary musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Robbie Robertson and Jack DeJohnette. Watch the two-hour film with other jazz enthusiasts at the Philadelphia Clef Club.

Film Series at Philadelphia Clef Club: Arrows into Infinity

When:April 26, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 South Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org/event

The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment Presents The Ella Fitztival Featuring Sistahs Attune

Ella Fitzgerald would've turned 100 this year! Come out and celebrate her centennial birthday and her influence on the jazz community at Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk. Produced by the Women’s Coalition for Empowerment, The Ella Fitztival event will feature several vocalists from Sistahs Attune.

The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment Presents The Ella Fitztival Featuring Sistahs Attune

When:April 28, 8-10 p.m.
Where:Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org/event

Fine Art Through Our Eyes: Jazz Paint & Sip At Mill Creek Recreation Center

Pair paint and wine night with jazz at the Mill Creek Recreation Center. Artist Jerry Adam Puryear will lead you in painting a picture as you enjoy live tunes and an assortment of refreshments. Space is limited and registration for the event is required.

Fine Art Through Our Eyes: Jazz Paint & Sip At Mill Creek Recreation Center

When:April 28, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Millcreek Recreation Center, 4700 Brown Street
Cost:Free, registration required

www.creativephl.org/event

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival

SouthPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Presented as part of Jazz Appreication Month, the Philadelphia Jazz Festival fills jazz venues across the city, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Paris Bistro and South Jazz Parlor, for a full week of live performances by a number of the area's best jazz singers and musicians. Click here for the full schedule of events.

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival

When:April 23-30
Where:Various locations including South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.thephiladelphiajazzfestival.com

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