Jazz up your workweek with a musical escape

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Take a musical escape this week. (iStock)

It’s only Tuesday, but are you wishing for the weekend already? Make your workweek more bearable by treating yourself to a night out (or maybe more than one). Whether you are looking to just listen to some jazz or to jam out yourself, we got what you need.

On Wednesday, July 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the West Philadelphia Orchestra will bring its unique combination of Balkan, punk and jazz to the Penn Museum’s courtyard on South Street. The concert is free with the price of admission so get there early and check out the museum’s exhibits on Native American Voices and Human Evolution. I promise I won’t tell your boss.

Later that night, Chris’ Jazz Café on Sansom Street will be alive with the sounds of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. Playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m, this orchestra, composed of some of the best area high school and college jazz musicians, celebrates Philadelphia’s rich jazz legacy with their energetic show. Chris’ Jazz Café will also host Michelle Lordi, a jazz vocalist on Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

Feed more than just one of your appetites at Square on Square Chinese Restaurant on Chestnut Street. Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., All-Star Jazz Trio will perform swinging jazz tunes and American standards.

On Thursday, July 31, in Germantown, Kevin Valentine will play at Paris Bistro & Café. One of the original members of the Boys Choir of Harlem in New York, he now has come back to his jazz roots. He will play three sets, 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge.

In West Chester, enjoy the uptown experience of the ‘Women of Jazz’ concert series. Listen to Kelly Meashey and The Dylan Taylor Quartet while sipping on cocktails and nibbling on appetizers at the Knight of Columbus Council at 6 p.m. Watch your stress melt away. Tickets are $15.

If you are in Media, you can find your jazz fix at Rose Tree Park with The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band  on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Their playlist includes big band, swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz and so much more.

Monday is always the hardest day of the week, right? Continue your musical escape next week with the Monday Jazz Jam at World Café Live on Walnut Street on Monday, Aug. 4 from 5:30 p.m.to 7 p.m in the upstairs venue. At this concert, the audience is encouraged to get up and perform as well. If you are an aspiring jazz musician or vocalist, this is your chance to shine. Who says fun is only for the weekends?

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