Jazz Musicians Jymie Merritt and Trudy Pitts to be Honored

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Jymie Merritt
Jazz fair will be held July 12, 2009 at The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA – On Sunday, July 12, jazz aficionados from the Philadelphia area and beyond will gather on the campus of The University of the Arts to celebrate the city’s rich musical legacy and to honor two of the area’s most distinguished jazz musicians.

Philadelphia Jazz Fair 2009 will be presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project and The University of the Arts. It will feature performances by professional and University jazz ensembles, two documentary screenings, on-stage interviews, and the presentation of Philadelphia Jazz Heritage awards to bassist Jymie Merritt and pianist Trudy Pitts.

The Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project was founded in 2007. Its goal is to provide an organizational coordinating hub to document, facilitate, and promote the evolving legacy of jazz music and musicians in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley region, from its earliest roots to the present. The University of the Arts, which includes one of the world’s largest and most distinguished jazz programs, has partnered with PJHP to advance common goals.

Philadelphia Jazz Fair 2009 is free and open to the public. Among the events:

  • Brownie Speaks, A documentary about legendary jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown

  • Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, a documentary exploring the music and divergent influences that are shaping the world of jazz at the beginning of the 21st century

  • Performances by University and professional jazz ensembles

  • PJHP award presentation to Jymie Merritt
    Jymie Merritt
    Jymie Merritt
    by bassist Charles Fambrough
    Charles Fambrough
    Charles Fambrough
    1950 - 2011

  • Performance by the Jymie Merritt Quintet

  • PJHP award presentation to Trudy Pitts
    Trudy Pitts
    Trudy Pitts
    1932 - 2010
    organ, Hammond B3
    by saxophonist Tim Warfield
    Tim Warfield
    Tim Warfield

    sax, tenor

  • Performance by Trudy Pitts

  • On-stage interview with Trudy and Jymie

WRTI jazz host J. Michael Harrison will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Events run from 1:00pm to 5:30pm at The University of the Arts, Terra Hall, Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, 211 Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Philadelphia Jazz Fair 2009 is produced by Don Glanden and sponsored by AllAboutJazz.com and The University of the Arts. For additional information visit phillyjazzheritage.com.

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