Wednesday, Oct. 19 will be a day to celebrate jazz along the Avenue of the Arts and across the city as the Philadelphia Music Alliance celebrates its 30th anniversary with an all jazz induction into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.
The Class of 2016 will honor organist Joey DeFrancesco, tenor sax legend Benny Golson (still going strong at 87), bassists Christian McBride and Jaco Pastorius, and WRTI radio personality Bob Perkins. Also being honored will be Anthony Checchia, founding artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, whose induction was announced in March.
The ceremonies will start with a press conference at 11 a.m, followed by the inductions at noon and two days of live music beginning that evening.
The University of the Arts will fete the recipients that night with a reception and short performances by DeFrancesco and the University of the Arts ‘Z’ Big Band, directed by Matt Gallagher.
This year’s honorees join such Philadelphia jazz giants as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Stanley Clarke, Gerry Mulligan, and Grover Washington Jr., and many others, along the Music Walk of Fame.
For more information, visit www.pmawalk.org