Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
As the birthplace and once-home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philly's jazz roots run deep.
This April, Philadelphia will again turn the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Jazz Appreciation Month. Throughout the month, dozens of venues in Philadelphia will host more than 40 events to mark Jazz Appreciation Month to engage the public in with the great jazz happenings occurring all over town.
To get you started, we’ve pulled together this list of can’t-miss concerts, mixers and film screenings at the city's top venues, including The Clef Club, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and World Cafe Live.
For an in-depth look at our local jazz scene, check out The Top Places to Listen to Live Jazz in Philadelphia. You can also visit creativephl.com/jazz to browse the full list of over 40 Jazz Month happenings.
April 3, 10, 17 & 21
Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A unique blend of entertainment set in the museum’s Great Stair Hall, the special Jazz Appreciation Month editions of this weekly showcase features an incredible lineup of talent, including Denise King, Turkish Jazz: The Secret Trio and Chris Aschman featuring John Swana.
April 6, 13, 20 & 27
Anchored along the city’s famous Avenue of the Arts, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts hosts a weekly Monday Night Jam for local musicians, and the live music aficionados who can’t get enough of their classic Philadelphia sounds.
Wednesday, April 8
Set in a dramatic Rittenhouse cathedral, Jazz Bridge returns with the next installment of its community concert series featuring the sounds of Philadelphia native, Lauren Lark. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Lark’s clean, precise vocals and uncanny musical sensibilities continue to wow audiences around the country.
Saturday, April 11
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as the two legends come together for one very special concert in Philadelphia’s stunning, acoustically-pristine Academy of Music.
Wednesday, April 15
The legendary master of the saxophone, John Coltrane is highlighted in this compilation of rare footage and candid interviews with music historians and Coltrane’s jazz peers, including Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Cobb. Unravel the complex web of mystery which surrounds Coltrane, a man of unique spirit and virtuosity, and one of the greatest musicians of our time.
Thursday, April 16
LiveConnections pairs Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine with esteemed saxophone ensemble PRISM Quartet for a concert of adventurous new music. Building on the artists’ reputations as innovators, LiveConnections has commissioned Caine to write new music for the Quartet that fuses jazz, classical and contemporary styles.
Friday, April 10, 17 & 24
Experience jazz in Germantown as the Woodmere Art Museum hosts a series of weekly Friday night jazz concerts. From celebrating bebop to highlighting the great jazz divas, including Ella, Sarah and Billie, a host of local and national talents will take their audience through an unforgettable musical journey.
Saturday, April 18
Spend an evening enjoying jazz at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio with the Two Rivers Ensemble — a sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians that features drummer Nasheet Waits, bassist Carlo DeRosa, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq (long-necked lute), multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso Zafer Tawil, and tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen.
Saturday, April 25
Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. This daylong festival will present some of the city’s top jazz talent like Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood and Fresh Cut Orchestra — and one ticket gets you access to all of it.
Saturday, April 25
For Jazz Appreciation Month, the Annenberg Center explodes with hard-hitting horns, master hand drummers and songs directly from the soul of Puerto Rico. Gary Nunez & Plena Libre, a 12-piece fine-tuned ensemble, brilliantly combines a swinging rhythm section, horns, vocals and dance to give an electrifying performance that is both authentically Puerto Rican and universally appealing.
A Philly fave, Red Bull Sound Select returns this month with another round of the hottest, most-talented artists in music right now — from Philadelphia and beyond.
Next up in the series is an 80s and 90s themed Sound Select featuring the hip-hop legend Rakim on Thursday, April 16 at Underground Arts. This special edition is curated by Veteran Freshman and features performances from Dyme-A-Duzin and Philly’s own Chill Moody.
Hosted by the incomparable scratchologist, DJ Aktive and emcee Reef the Lost Cause, this show is for the true hip-hop lovers. Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full, which he released in 1987 with his partner Eric B., has been hailed as one of the true benchmarks of a great hip-hop album. The project yielded multiple singles, including one of the most well-known tracks, “I Ain’t No Joke.”
Red Bull Sound Select is the perfect pairing of national acts and local talent and also serves as an artist development program that helps discovery the best new music and talents across the country. Be sure to dig around on the Red Bull Sound Select site to not only discover new artists, but to also find out what cities they’re playing next and what acts are coming through Philadelphia in the upcoming months.
At this themed party and concert, the dress code is 80s or 90s fly. So be sure to break out your rope chains and throwback sneakers. All guests must be 18+ and admission is not guaranteed with RSVP, so you may want to arrive early as we’re sure this show will be packed. You can find the concert deets, below.
Red Bull Sound Select Curated by Veteran Freshman
When: Thursday, April, 16, 8 PM
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $3 with RSVP, $10 at the door
More Info: Click here.
Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with a live concert and album recording that featured Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.
Now, the resulting album, HOME, is set for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its Tuesday, March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia at The TLA on South Street. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.
Can't wait for Tuesday's album release and concert? Don't worry — you're not alone! Luckily, Philly 360° has got you covered. We've landed an exclusive preview of a single from the forthcoming album. Below, you can check out to Jeff's track, "Break You Off," which also features a live performance by Roots frontman, Black Thought. Like every song these two Philly greats touch, the track has plenty of feel, undeniable soul and an infectious groove.
Jeff Bradshaw HOME Album Release Concert
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25 | Buy tickets here.
Philly! American Dreaming is back with another special edition of the Passion Share event series — where successful entrepreneurs and artists teach others a technical aspect of their business. This time, they're bringing Atlantic Records' singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter to speak with an intimate crowd of Philadelphia creatives about her songwriting career, process and road to success. She's also going to break down the process songwriting.
If you're looking to get your foot in the door at a major record label, this is an event you don't want to miss. The event is currently at capacity, but Philly 360° has landed a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan.
Want the tix? Then complete the below entry form for your chance to win. You can find the official contest rules here.
Finally. The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress. To help you get your party started, we've pulled together this list of a few must-hit events that are going down in Philadelphia this weekend.
From art exhibits at Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to concerts and parties with your Philly faves like Meek Mill, DJ Matthew Law — this is your weekend itinerary courtesy of Philly 360°.
So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun.
March 18 - 21| Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street | $35- $60
Next week, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. | World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street | $13 - $18
This March, New York-based flute duo Flutronix collaborates with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews, merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings. Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”
Friday, March 20, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. | Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge | $10
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Lee Mo.
One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has worked and shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson, and Jeff Murrell to name a few.
When: Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Where: The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street
More Info: Click here.
One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.
The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe. Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.
Saturday, April 21, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. | Lit Ulltra Bar, 420 N 2nd Street
After you party at Wells Fargo for Meek Mill's homecoming concert, head to Lit Ultrabar in Old City for round two. The official after party is brought to you by Dreamchaser and Identity Ink and features a playlist courtesy of DJ Bran.
Saturday, March 21, 10 p.m. | Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | $5
True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the 1's and 2's. As the 6th member of the Illvibe Collective, 2013 Red Bull 3style East Coast Champ, and the founder of more than one Philly dance party, PHSH stays on the move.
This month, you can catch up with PHSH as he spins back-to-back sets during the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. Undoubtedly, PHSH can rock a party by himself, but since this party is all about friend and fam PHSH will be bringing along a special guest DJ or MC. Want to know who's on deck? Then stay tuned for more info and definitely make sure that you are in the house for this one.
Art Sanctuary. 628 S. 16th Street | Free
Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ by Philadelphia-based painter, James Dupree, presents over 20 of the artists colorful, stunning works of art. The exhibit represents a creative turning point for Dupree into the realm of complete abstraction that begins to blur the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship.
January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.
February 5 - March 21, 2015 | The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street | $10-14, free for members
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just opened As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
This exhibit explores the work and perspective of notable African American artists, such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey, by placing works from these master artists alongside artwork of local youth.
In preparation for this project, over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region studied art work from the collection and created their own works in response. The exhibit includes interactive stations where visitors can engage in their own art making based on exhibit themes. Videos of the artists in the collection will provide insights on the production process, and AAMP curator Richard J. Watson, will compose a new painting over the course of the exhibition.
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is out on tour in support of her latest project, Reality Show. Earlier in March, the RCA performed to a sold-out house for her hometown fans at The TLA on South Street.
Well, if you didn't make it to Jazmine's sold-out March show, or are just feenin' for another dose of her killer vocals, then we've got good news for you. On April 26, Jazmine will bring The Reality Show Tour back to The TLA for another round unstoppable soul.
Sullivan's latest has been getting major love around the country and definitely shows major growth in Sullivan’s songwriting and her forever flawless vocals. The boundary pushing project has yielded fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma. Another standout track, “Masterpiece,” was produced by Philly heavy-hitter, Ant Bell.
Tickets for the April 26 show go on sale Friday, March 20. And, if it's anything like the previous Philly show — tickets will sell out fast. So, we definitely suggest that you grab your tickets now. We repeat, grab your tickets now.
Also, let us know if you've checked out Reality Show. What songs are you looking forward to hearing live? Tell us in the comments below.
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — presents its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features can't-miss performance by Philly soul, jazz newcomer, Lee Mo.
One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has also shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson and Jeff Murrell, to name a few.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "Works from the Stolen Dreams Forbidden Fruit." this 20+ piece show features the stunning paintings of Philadelphia-based artists James Dupree.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Lee Mo and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Natalie Imani stays on the move. Currently, the sultry songstress is out on the road, touring with major acts like John Legend and Philly's own Jazmine Sullivan. But, she still found time to drop her brand new single,“Body Language.” And, this week, the sexy track is smoothing out things on the Philly 360° Playlist. Check it out!
"Body Language" is from Imani's latest mixtape, Fame or Love. Natalie's voice retains a beautiful, airy quality, but still manages to bring some serious power on the mid tempo record. Most often, Natalie sings about love, but for this one, she brought her fans a fun, sexy track with an easy melody layered with infectious reverbed drums and an undeniable feel.
Currently touring as a background vocalist for two major acts, Imani doesn’t let you forget for a minute that she is also an awesome solo artist. She has also recently performed her own music all over the city including opening for the return of R&B artist, Tweet, performing the national anthem for a 76ers game — she even embarked on a mini tour that included Delaware, New York, and Philly, of course.
Stay on the lookout for more from this gifted artist. She is constantly working on new music and we hope to hear an LP from her soon. Take a listen to “Body Language” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
This week, New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special collab with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, local creative collab, LiveConnections, has curated another can't-miss production for area music lovers.
Flutronix is comprised of musicians Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull. The duo has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”
And, since Philadelphia is the official birthplace of the neosoul movement that continues to redefine music around the globe, we're pretty sure Flutronix will be right at home in our every-soulful city. The duo has worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists, and now, the group will add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators.
Catch this one-night-only collab on March 20 at the polished University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live.
Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with a live concert and album recording that featured Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.
Now, the album, HOME, is ready for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.
With a lineup this dope, we're guessing that you want in on the show, right? That's why Philly 360° is hooking two lucky fans up with a pair of tickets to the show. But, it doesn't stop there, we've also landed two signed copies of Jeff's album that we're throwing into the prize package.
Just fill out the below form to enter the contest. You can enter the giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 25.
You can find the official contest rules here.
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