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Philadelphia Jazz

Eternal Jazz Vanguards

Lew Whittington | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

It was obvious from the moment they strolled on the Academy of Music stage without fanfare, like two musicians in their prime, that this crowd knew that they were going to witness a musical night to remember with jazz giants Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

OutBeat the Nation's 1st GLBT Jazz Fest

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lew Whittington

In Philadelphia this month, OutBeat America's first Queer jazz festival was "gay as they say it ought to be..." To quote 'Something To Live For' a tune written by gay pianist-composer Billy Strayhorn.

When Hipsters Were Hepcats

Don Mankin | Posted 03.14.2012 | Fifty
Don Mankin

The only bright spots in my bleak late adolescent landscape were football, a barely adequate outlet for my pent up sexual tensions, and the jazz clubs of Philadelphia.