North Central: Philadelphia Celebrates Its Rich Jazz History

North Central: Philadelphia Celebrates Its Rich Jazz History

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 […]

 By Carine Lavache and Stephanie Hirsch

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

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 […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: All That Jazz With Ernest Stuart

Arts and Entertainment: All That Jazz With Ernest Stuart

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 […]

 

Germantown Avenue: Five Places to Know

Germantown Avenue: Five Places to Know

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 […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

Arts and Entertainment: Five Places You Need To Know

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. […]

 By Abi Reimold

Germantown: La Rose Jazz Club Offers Appeals to Jazz Enthusists of All Ages

Germantown: La Rose Jazz Club Offers Appeals to Jazz Enthusists of All Ages

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 […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: Art Garage Functions as Dream Factory for Local Community

Mount Airy: Art Garage Functions as Dream Factory for Local Community

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.”

 By Connor Showalter and Jade C. McKenzie

West Parkside: Bringing Jazz Back to West Philadelphia

West Parkside: Bringing Jazz Back to West Philadelphia

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 […]

 By Kimberly Wagner, Sherrell Williams and Kevin Yorke

Strawberry Mansion: The Future of the John Coltrane House

Strawberry Mansion: The Future of the John Coltrane House

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 […]

 By Nicholas Deroose and Christina Trinh

West Oak Lane: Central High School Jazz Band

West Oak Lane: Central High School Jazz Band

Sharing the desire for the glory of the jazz age, nine students from the Central High School Jazz Band performed on stage at this year’s West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. This was the band’s first time performing at the festival. “This festival gives us a chance to play at a different venue,” 17-year-old […]