Philly Celebrates Jazz this April all throughout the city of Brotherly Love! The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is proud to lead the city of Philadelphia in celebrating Philadelphia's jazz heritage and showcasing the vibrant jazz scene that thrives to this day. Through live performances, art exhibitions, and films, Philly Celebrates Jazz gives Philadelphians the opportunity to fully experience this art form that has contributed to the cultural richness of today's Philadelphia.
Aside from the 200+ jazz events happening throughout the city, with one on every single day of the month, OACCE is also offering the second straight year of their free Community Jazz Series, which includes special film screenings, dance lessons, jazz performances and even an opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate to a Philly jazz venue or restaurant. “The diversity of the OACCE Community Jazz Series offers a variety of ways to experience jazz for all audiences," says Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee. "Experiences include screenings of Whiplash and Jim Henson’s Jazz Shorts, combining jazz and movement in dance, and musicians that showcase a range of sounds.”
Philly Celebrates Jazz is a part of Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia which aims to draw more public attention to the iconic tradition of jazz, its importance as an American and Philadelphian cultural heritage, and encourage people of all ages to participate by attending concerts, listening to jazz, and supporting jazz programs. Philly Celebrates Jazz will kick off with an opening reception and awards ceremony (this year's Benny Goldson Award will be presented to Jamaaladeen Tacuma) on Thursday, March 29 and will run until International Jazz Day, Monday, April 30.
For more information, including a full calendar of events, visit OACCE's official website for Philly Celebrates Jazzhere.