Philadelphia to Host “America’s First Queer Jazz Festival” This September

Author: , May 9th, 2014
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Philadelphia will be hosting the primarily LGBT-focused “OutBeat,” described as “America’s First Queer Jazz Festival,” from September 18 to 21.

Announced on Wednesday, May 7, by sponsor William Way LGBT Community Center, the festival will host a series of performances around the city as well as panel discussions and receptions.

One panel discussion listed will include pianist and composer Fred Hersch, moderated by New York Times journalist Nate Chinen, while another will include drummer Bill Stewart and singer Patricia Barber, moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph.

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Atlanta Jazz Festival Coming in May

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Atlanta Jazz Festival Coming in May“We are reaching an important milestone as the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates 35 years,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “We take our stewardship of the festival seriously and salute the leaders whose vision and hard work created this preeminent cultural event, featuring well-known jazz legends and exciting new artists.”

“For the entire month of May, through the performances in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend, Atlanta Jazz Festival will continue the rich tradition of presenting world class jazz, combined with southern hospitality. Whether you like your jazz traditional or contemporary, smooth or eclectic, with big band swing or a Latin beat, we’ll have something to excite your senses and soothe your soul. We invite jazz enthusiasts of all ages to join us for an unforgettable experience.”

This year’s performance schedule includes jazz greats Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Kathleen Bertrand, Russell Gunn, Edy Martinez, Ojeda Penn and Johnny O’Neal. Newcomers to the festival include the rhythmic Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra, soulful singer and saxophonist Grace Kelly, and the R&B and hip-hop influenced Robert Glasper Experiment.

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