Chenet LaRose’s dream was to open a community hub in Philadelphia where he could teach people about his Haitian heritage, but his Club LaRose quickly turned into a popular jazz club. LaRose, a retired dentist, never played music himself but he still calls the jazz club a second home, as do many of his regular […]
When Faye Anderson first saw Leroy Neiman’s painting “Big Band” at the National Museum of American History, she was struck by the musicians featured. “It’s a fantasy jam session featuring 18 jazz giants,” Anderson said. “Four of the 18 have Philadelphia roots – John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and Dizzy Gillespie.” The director of All […]
Strawberry Mansion and Allegheny West have been marred by news reports of violence and drug problems for many years. What people may think are dangerous areas in North Philadelphia are unique subdivisions with their own rich history, from the Revolutionary War period to the modern era. These neighborhoods hold secrets to the past that enrich these […]
Ernest Stuart, a jazz trombonist, has become a fixture in the Philadelphia jazz community. After discovering his interest in jazz during his early life, he continued his jazz education at Temple University. Stuart has developed a colorful and reputable resumé as a jazz musician with performances all across the country and is the founder of the […]
Renewing and reinventing theater, jazz and the corner cafe, Germantown Avenue businesses continue to play a role in the development of both Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy. Though it’s known as a historic district, the Avenue embraces cultural trends. It has turned into an area that houses tattoo parlors amongst colonial architecture, showcasing how diverse […]
There’s a bounty of things to do in Philadelphia for entertainment. Often, some of the best spots are kept under the radar of non-Philadelphians or people who are unfamiliar with what lies beyond their neighborhood lines. Sometimes you just never make it to the joint down the street where you envision a particularly wonderful evening. […]
Henderson, a drummer who works as an auto inspector during the day, uses his Sunday session to service Philadelphia’s jazz community to cultivate new talent by mixing players of all ages. Henderson insists that there are some things that you can learn only by playing with older musicians. “We need to pass the baton. You […]
The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is a community organization unlike Daisy Juarez has ever been involved in.
“We have visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, we even have a quilting club,” she said. “It’s a multifunctional garage.”
Juarez became a member last year after moving to Philadelphia. An artist herself, Juarez said she was looking to join an organization similar to the watercolor society she was part of in Illinois – a group where she could connect with fellow artists as well as with the community – luckily, she discovered the Art Garage.
“We’re really all about community and creativity,” said Linda Slodki, president and cofounder of MAAG. “Our goal is to bring artists out of isolation.”
A Philadelphia businessman recently opened a jazz venue in West Parkside to spark an interest for arts and live music in what he calls an “upcoming neighborhood.” Jamal Parker, 41, owns the jazz venue, Le Cochon Noir, which translates to “The Black Pig.” Parker opened the spot at 5070 Parkside Ave. about a year and a half […]
His sound is distinct. His melodies captivating. His artistic vision pioneering. And the house where he developed his art exists in Strawberry Mansion. The legendary John Coltrane, the famous jazz musician and composer, called Philadelphia his home from 1952 to 1958. Located in Strawberry Mansion at 1511 N. 33rd St., the house he called home […]