Kicking off the festival on Thursday, renowned pianist Fred Hersch will be interviewed by New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, followed by a special kickoff reception and fundraiser, all taking place in the centrally located William Way Center in Philadelphia's Gayborhood. On Friday, the Fred Hersch Trio will perform as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's popular Art After Five" series. The evening will conclude with Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn," a showcase of Philadelphia's finest musicians, vocalists, and poets celebrating the life of Duke Ellington's longtime collaborator, pianist, composer, and arranger, Billy Strayhorn.
Saturday will begin with a pre-concert discussion with singer/pianist Patricia Barber and drummer Bill Stewart, moderated by JazzTimes' critic John Murph. Stewart's quartet will perform following the discussion at The Painted Bride Art Center. Also performing that evening is Grammy® Award- winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Chris' Jazz Café with material from her Money Jungle project. The first of its kind festival will culminate on Sunday with a marathon event at Philadelphia's Union Transfer. Performers will include Carrington, Barber, Andy Bey performing solo, Jennifer Leitham Trio, Dena DeRose Trio, the music of Drew Paralic, David Coss Quartet, Ben Flint and more.