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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Dedicated to Preserve and Continue City's Signature Sound and Tradition

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Terell Stafford Premier Performance on International Jazz Day

Free Event at City Hall Courtyard in Philadelphia, PA - April 30th at 12:00PM


Terell Stafford, Artistic Director, and Deena Adler, Founding Director, announce the formation and premier performance of the long-awaited Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). World renowned trumpet player and Director of Jazz Studies, at Temple University, Terell Stafford
Terell Stafford
Terell Stafford
b.1966
trumpet
, has organized an orchestra of 17 stellar, homegrown musical artists. ”I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to present Philadelphia Jazz in it’s rich tradition at it’s finest,” says Stafford. “I see its potential as parallel to the music itself, energy in motion, expanding to larger and larger audiences while bringing people together.”

JOP is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP aims to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a nationally and internationally recognized destination for jazz performance. The city of Philadelphia will officially introduce JOP on April 30th at 12:00PM, 2013 for International Jazz Day at a free introductory performance in City Hall Courtyard. Several local performances will follow, culminating in early 2014 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to embodying Philadelphia’s vital jazz legacy with energetic jazz performances, both locally and outside of their home city, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will provide an essential educational component as part of its mission. As Director of Jazz Studies in the Boyer School of Music, Terell Stafford will offer a synergy with Temple University that intends to branch out to younger Philadelphia students. “JOP believes it is essential to reach future generations with knowledge of the rich history of Philadelphia jazz as well as the opportunity to develop the musical discipline needed to participate in its continuance,” states Founding Director Deena Adler.

Terell Stafford is dedicated to honoring JOP‘s core mission, the unique Philadelphia jazz sound that emanates from the hard bop era including jazz luminaries: John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
, Jimmy and Percy Heath
Percy Heath
Percy Heath
1923 - 2005
bass, acoustic
, Benny Golson
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
b.1929
sax, tenor
, Jimmy Garrison
Jimmy Garrison
Jimmy Garrison
1934 - 1976
bass, acoustic
, Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
1923 - 1985
drums
, Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
b.1937
saxophone
, Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
, Hasaan Ibn Ali, Shirley Scott
Shirley Scott
Shirley Scott
1934 - 2002
organ, Hammond B3
, McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
, Bill and Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
, Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen
b.1924
sax, alto
, Odean Pope
Odean Pope
Odean Pope
b.1938
saxophone
and other native Philadelphians. JOP will celebrate this homegrown inheritance by integrating the orchestra into the cultural landscape, becoming a musical experience that equates with a visit to Philadelphia. A locus for Philadelphia Jazz with its history, uniqueness and superb musicians will be the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia!

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