From the 1940s until the 1960s, Cecil B. Moore Avenue was called Columbia Avenue and served as Philadelphia’s hub for jazz and entertainment.
For more than a decade, Beech Community Services has worked to recreate the avenue’s vintage reputation with the annual Jazz on the Ave Music Fest, which takes over Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Broad Street to 17th Street this Saturday, August 12.
JAZZ ON THE AVE FAST FACTS
- Jazz on the Ave hits North Philadelphia this Saturday, August 12 from noon to 8:30 p.m.
- The fest, which runs on Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Broad to 17th streets, is free, with pay-as-you-go elements.
- Grammy Award-winning and -nominated artists — including Tony Rich, Eric Roberson and Glenn Lewis — will perform.
From noon until 8:30 p.m., festival attendees can enjoy a lively outdoor festival featuring two stages for live music, a kids’ zone and craft and food vendors.
The event will be hosted by WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson and Dyana Williams of WRNB Philly.
The Festival Layout
Beginning at noon, Second 2 None Drill Team kicks off performances on the main stage located on Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Performances on the main stage will last through 8:30 p.m. and include artists Suzann Christine, Mozaic Flow, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends with Eric Roberson and, at 5:30 p.m., Tony Rich, Glenn Lewis and Frank McComb.
The Philly Soul Stock stage at 17th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue will feature performances from noon until 6 p.m. Performers include MTB, Dante Kennedy, Dell P and Project Joe, among others.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Kids’ Zone will host children’s activities on Sydenham Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Kids can enjoy a rock climbing wall, a clay studio and face painting. The Wagner Free Institute of Science will also be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
More than a dozen acts will take to two stages during Jazz on the Ave including Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Tony Rich. Rich won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Album in 1997 and has written hits for Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men as well as TLC, Johnny Gil and Toni Braxton.
Rich will be joined on the main stage by neo-soul artist Glenn Lewis, whose 2004 duet with singer Amel Larrieux earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best vocal R&B Performance by a Duo.
Frank McComb is a keyboardist who has toured with Teena Marie and Phillip Bailey. McComb also performed as a vocalist and producer for Branford Marsalis’s Buckshot LeFonque band.
Eric Roberson is another notable performer who has produced and written songs for artists including Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele and Vivian Green. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in both 2010 and 2011.
Don’t miss this excellent day of great music in North Philadelphia!