The William Way LGBT Community Center, with generous support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is proud to launch the official website for OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival. Tickets for the festival, which is set to take place from Thursday, September 18 to Sunday, September 21, are now available for purchase at OutBeat Jazz Festival
, including VIP Weekend Passes, Standard Weekend Passes, and Individual Tickets. Check out the website for an updated schedule with exciting new headliners.
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.