16 acts in six hours: 2014 Center City Jazz Festival lineup announced

Break out the zoot suit and shine up your axe, but, please, don’t flip your lid—the Center City Jazz Festival is gearing up for its April 19 debut with the announcement of its fairly extensive lineup. Some 16 acts across six hours never sounded so good—especially for $15.

April, after all, is Jazz Appreciation Month, so a little Philly love for the art form is more or less requisite. Luckily, showing that love is pretty easy with all the venues being within walking distance of one another. From Fergie’s Pub to Chris’ Jazz Café (duh), April 19 will serve as a reminder that jazz is alive and well—at least in Philly.

Performer highlights include avant-garde guitartist Mary Halvorson, the beloved Miss Ida Blue, and performers from the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program. Check out the full lineup below:

Fergie’s Pub

1:00-2:00: Rhenda Fearrington

2:30-3:30: Mike Kennedy

4:00-5:00: Thumbscrew ft. Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek

5:30-6:30: John Raymond & The Roots Trio w/ Gilad Hekselman, Eric Doob


Milkboy Philly

1:15-2:15: TBA

2:45-3:45: Giovana Robinson

4:15-5:15: Justin Faulkner

5:45-6:45: Anthony Tidd


Chris’ Jazz Cafe

1:30-2:30: Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program

3:00-4:00: Tivon Pennicott

4:30-5:30: Joanna Pascale

6:00-7:00: Tim Warfield Jr. Quartet


TIME Restaurant

1:45-2:45: Charles Washington

3:15-4:15: Miss Ida Blue ft. members of the Boardwalk Empire Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

4:45-5:45: Stacy Dillard

6:15-7:15: Trio Up ft. Rick Tate, Nimrod Speaks & Ronnie Burrage