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The Philadelphia Jazz Festival & SOUTH proudly presents

The Jazz Lives Philadelphia Luncheon, Live Performance, Discussion and Meet & Greet

Featuring The Leon Jordan Sr. Trio with Luke O’Reilly & Nimrod Speaks

When: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: SOUTH | 600 N. Broad St.

Phila, PA 19130 | 215-600-0220

About Jazz Lives Philadelphia

Our mission is to celebrate jazz music through performance, education and community outreach. ​Our organization aims to bring people together through an art form that transcends our differences while, at the same time, celebrating them. Jazz Lives Philadelphia was created by Temple University students in 2015 and has reached over 1,000 people across its performance, education and community outreach programs in 2016 alone. "Jazz Lives Philadelphia is a vital new organization programming concerts that re-position the spotlight on jazz in Philadelphia. It serves to showcase the legacy of this definitively American art form in an historically jazz-rich city by presenting it with integrity to a broader audience and aggressively introducing it to young people. Philadelphia, the birthplace of Benny Golson and Lee Morgan, will benefit greatly from the work of these young and dedicated patriots." -Wynton Marsalis

About Leon Jordan Sr.

Leon Jordan Sr. has more than 35 years of experience as a full time professional musician touring and recording with various well known jazz and R&B artists. Leon Sr. can be heard on more than one hundred and twenty five published recordings to date as a sideman, performing jazz, pop, gospel, Latin and even country music from time to time. From about the mid 1980’s to present, Leon Sr. toured and/or recorded extensively with; Grover Washington Jr., John Blake Jr., Phyllis Hyman, Benny Golson, Chaka Kahn, The Stylistics, Lou Rawls, Monette Sudler, Joey DeFrancesco, George Benson, Roy Ayres and even the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. Since 1994, Leon Jordan Sr. has performed teaching workshops and master classes for; The School District of Philadelphia, Trenton Community Music School, Mt Airy Cultural Center, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Graterford Prison, the Jazz Institute of New Jersey and several local and out-of-state colleges. Leon has been a presenter with Musicopia’s roster since 2002, as an ensemble leader and educator. His ensemble conducts A Jazz Journey for Youth assembly program, Fundamentals of Jazz residency, and jazz and percussion workshop sessions including bucket drumming. On April 25th at South, Leon Jordan and his trio will be giving a chronological history of jazz and its evolution from slave plantations to present modern jazz with demonstrations and lectures from each era. I would encourage participants to bring their instruments if they are aspiring musicians. We will offer critique and advice and hold a panel discussion with a question and answer component at the conclusion.

" I've always found it rewarding to share my talent with young people and offer a bit of historic relevance " Leon Jordan, Sr.

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival & SOUTH proudly presents Kimmel Center’s Jazz Standard’s Luncheon

Featuring Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band

When: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: SOUTH | 600 N. Broad St.

Phila, PA 19130 | 215-600-0220

About the Kimmel Center

Curated by the Kimmel Center Education Department, our 2016/2017 Arts Education programs are designed to stimulate students’ artistic expression and thought through multidisciplinary experiences. Whether your students are toddlers or teenagers, musical mavericks or the newest newbies—our programs educate, engage, and inspire the next generation!

About Orrin Evans

Orrin Evans is an American jazz pianist. Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Rutgers University, and then studied with Kenny Barron. He worked as a sideman for Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, and Lenora Zenzalai-Helm, and released his debut as a leader in 1994. He signed with Criss Cross Jazz in 1997, recording prolifically with the label. He was awarded a 2010 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival & SOUTH proudly presents "Meeting with the Masters"

Featuring Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band

When: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Where: SOUTH | 600 N. Broad St.

Phila, PA 19130 | 215-600-0220

About “Meeting with the Masters” Program

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival provides unprecedented exposure and access to today’s jazz greats..as per of this initiative, area students who have demonstrated a propensity for the music and the arts, will have a chance to sit, one on one and ask the questions of their heroes what they have always wanted to know.

About Orrin Evans

Orrin Evans is an American jazz pianist. Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Rutgers University, and then studied with Kenny Barron. He worked as a sideman for Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, and Lenora Zenzalai-Helm, and released his debut as a leader in 1994. He signed with Criss Cross Jazz in 1997, recording prolifically with the label. He was awarded a 2010 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival & SOUTH proudly presents The Jazz Journeys Educational Institute “Nightclub @ Noon” Luncheon Featuring Gerald Veasley & Hosted by Earle Brown. Presenting a lecture & demonstration on the role of the bass in jazz.

Welcoming & Performing Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School Band and Choir & The Deptford High School Marching Band with invited seniors

When: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: SOUTH | 600 N. Broad St.

Phila, PA 19130 | 215-600-0220

About Jazz Journeys

The Jazz Journeys Educational Institute is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit cultural organization was created in December 2001 exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. JJEI embrace a mission to preserve, present and educate young audiences, seniors (and the general public) to an understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of the rich legacy of African-American Classical Music - Jazz, America’s only indigenous art form. Jazz Journeys fulfills their mission in the following ways:

Offering educational workshops, seminars, lectures and demonstrations with a living legacy of jazz artists, both established and emerging

Presentation of concerts in various venues including schools, community centers, senior citizen centers, and nursing homes

About Gerald Veasley Gerald Veasley is an American jazz bass guitarist. Veasley was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he played in R&B groups as a teenager. He worked with Joe Zawinul from 1988 to 1995, and began releasing his own records in 1992. He has also done extensive work as a studio musician. His 2008 release Your Move hit No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. “The greatest joy in teaching people about jazz comes from witnessing ‘aha moments’. Those moments happen when the emotional power of music is felt in the heart and understood in the head.”

About Mathematics, Civics, and Science Charter School

The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School is a charter school serving students in grades 1–12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1999, the school is located in the Center City neighborhood and had a 100% graduation rate in 2015-2016.

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