To celebrate Philadelphia’s rich jazz culture, the entire month of April is dedicated to the genre. Aside from performances from local jazz musicians, the city is holding numerous jazz-related events for all ages. Check out a few of our most noteworthy picks.
Be there as jazz and Philly make it official. Mayor Nutter will formally declare April 2014 Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month at a press conference on Thursday, April 3 at City Hall at 11 a.m. featuring an homage to Philadelphia-born jazz musician Benny Golson and a performance by Francois Zayas Trio, lead by Cuban composer and percussionist Francois Zayas.
On Mondays throughout the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. attend the Gershman Y’s “Dizzy Hours,” for jazz trivia, comedy and more. Each week’s dizzy hour is hosted by an influencer in the Philadelphia jazz scene: Lenora Early (April 7), Michael Ricci (April 14), Tony Williams and Thelma Anderson (April 21) and Mark Christman (April 28).
Starting on Friday, April 4 and continuing on Fridays throughout the month, learn how to move your body to those jazz tunes you’ve come to adore at the West Philadelphia YMCA for cha cha dance classes, starting at 7:30 p.m., running until 8:45 p.m. Come back on Saturdays in April, beginning April 5 for more jazz dance instruction during the swing/lindy hop courses at 2:30 p.m.