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The Center City Jazz Festival: A Jazz Project In Philadelphia By Ernest Stuart

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The Idea: On April 28, the Center City Jazz Festival is set to showcase great new jazz in an exciting, youthful, energetic environment, and introduce a new crop of the Philadelphia area's best up-and-coming artists to both jazz aficionados and the jazz curious. We're going to take jazz out of concert halls and put it into a number of Center City's best restaurants/bars and music venues clustered around Broad Street, all within easy walking distance of each other. The music will range from hard-bop to groove and from sultry songstresses to hot Latin jazz—so organize a group of your friends, catch a show or two or three, have a drink, and enjoy some of the best music you haven't yet heard.

The Reason: Philadelphia has a great jazz history and a bright jazz future. It's up to us to showcase the talent that we have here and bring the simmer to a boil.

Logistics: 16 bands will perform at multiple venues between 1pm and 8pm, and a headlining act will perform at 8pm. Normal festival tickets entitle their holders to all-you-can-listen access to all events before 8pm and first-come, first-served access to the headlining show. VIP tickets entitle their holders to guaranteed admission to the headlining show and access to the artists' hospitality suite during the festival. The festival will feature the music of some of the brightest musicians on the jazz scenes in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, including NYC. The festival is being presented with an emphasis on the quality of its music and not simply on the names of its participants.

About Ernest Stuart: Ernest Stuart is an accomplished jazz trombonist, who released his first album, Solitary Walker, in 2011. He has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Daily News, who have called his music “full and nourishing," “warm," and one of 2011's finest releases. His style is simultaneously approachable and innovative, and he is emblematic of Philadelphia's crop of young, talented jazz musicians who are bending traditions and engaging a new generation of listeners in jazz.

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