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Jazz Appreciation Month

The Philly POPS Celebrates International Jazz Appreciation Month!

The Philly POPS JAMS for the month of April, with a full month of activities supporting the nationwide celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month — including educational content from POPS in Schools @ Home, virtual masterclasses from The Philly POPS and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, and virtual student performances in the All-City Jazz Festival. 


Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford talks about Jazz Appreciation Month, including the All City Jazz Festival and more!


Watch the All City Jazz Festival here!

POPS JAMS All Month Long

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford Improvises on "Candy"


Terell Stafford improvised a quick solo around one of his favorite tunes, "Candy," for JAZZED: The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford in 2019!

Ron Kerber plays "Just the Two of Us"


Philly POPS saxophone Ron Kerber plays "Just the Two of Us," as performed by his mentor Grover Washington Jr. from 2019's JAZZED concert series!

Dan McCain Trio — "Say a Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin

The Dan McCain trio gave us a fun performance of one of the Queen of Soul's greatest hits, "Say a Little Prayer!"

Notes from a Master: jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford on Ella Fitzgerald


Guest artist Carmen Bradford talks about her inspiration — the First Lady of Song — Ella Fitzgerald!

"God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terell Stafford conducting


Billie Holiday would have turned 106 on April 7, 2021. Here's Dee Dee Bridgewater with Terell Stafford conducting The Philly POPS BIG Band on "God Bless the Child" from JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford in 2019.

Dan McCain Duo: "Mango Squares"


POPS co-ops Dan McCain and John Polanco take us to a sunny beach with a Dan McCain original, "Mango Squares!"

But Not For Me by George Gershwin — The Dan McCain Trio

The Dan McCain trio performed a Gershwin favorite and jazz standard — "But Not For Me!" 

Alone Together — Dan McCain and John Polanco


POPS co-op students Dan McCain and John Polanco performed the standard "Alone Together," for a virtual duo performance! 

A Musical Celebration of Germantown The Philly POPS at Vernon Park

The POPS brought the sounds of jazz to Vernon Park for A Musical Celebration of Germantown! We performed hits from artists that made Germantown their home, including The Stylistics, Weather Report, and more!
 

"Amazing Grace," featuring Terell Stafford

POPS Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford solos on an all-new arrangement of “Amazing Grace” from A Philly POPS Christmas!

"Our Love Is Here To Stay," featuring Carmen Bradford

Guest artist Carmen Bradford—former vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra—performs Ella Fitzgerald’s famous arrangement of “Our Love is Here to Stay” for Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling!

"Blue Monk" featuring Christian McBride and Dan McCain

POPS co-op and All-City Jazz graduate Dan McCain joined his hero Christian McBride onstage for JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford on a three-bass arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.”

"Birth of the Blues," featuring Ryan Shaw

Guest vocalist Ryan Shaw told us all about the blues in ARETHA: RESPECT with “The Birth of the Blues!”

Hear the sounds of the All-City Jazz Festival

Julia R Masterman High School performs "Autumn Leaves"

See Masterman High School's performance of a favorite, "Autumn Leaves!"

2020 All City Jazz "In A Mellow Tone" by Duke Ellington

The 2020 All City Jazz Orchestra took things virtual with a performance of Duke Ellington’s “In A Mellow Tone,” featuring Terell Stafford!

Teaching the next generation of jazz musicians

All City Jazz Masterclass: Trumpet with Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford kicks off the All City Jazz masterclass series with a lesson on playing trumpet in a big band!

All City Jazz Masterclass: Saxophone with Tim Warfield, JOP saxophonist

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia saxophone Tim Warfield gives a masterclass on playing the saxophone in a big band, along with exercises to improve your playing!

All City Jazz Masterclass: Bass with John Clayton, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra


Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra bassist and GRAMMY-award winning musician John Clayton talks about the bass — including how to hold the bass better and get a better sound out of the instrument. 

All City Jazz Masterclass: Drums with Steve Fidyk, JOP percussionist

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia drummer and percussionist Steve Fidyk talks about the responsibility of the drummer in a big band — for helping keep time, highlight entrances, and more!

All City Jazz Masterclass: Piano with Eric Wortham


In this All City Jazz masterclass, Philly pianist Eric Wortham gives a lesson on playing the piano in a big band setting. Eric is a graduate of CAPA and an alumnus of All City Jazz. Eric tours internationally, and has toured with Adele, SEAL, and more!

All City Jazz Masterclass: Guitar with Kevin Hanson


In this All City Jazz masterclass, Philly POPS guitarist Kevin Hanson gives a lesson on playing the guitar in a big band setting. 

All City Jazz Masterclass: Trombone with Randy Kapralick


In this All City Jazz masterclass, Philly POPS trombonist Randy Kapralick gives a lesson on playing in the trombone section of a big band.

Timekeeping with brushes with Steve Fidyk


Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia drummer Steve Fidyk talks about how to best use brushes in jazz drumming to achieve new and different textures.

Timekeeping Means Everything with Steve Fidyk


Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia drummer Steve Fidyk takes students through all the pieces of the drum kit and how each one interplays with its own role.

History of the Blues with Josh Lee

Philly saxophonist Josh Lee walks through the history of the blues — a style of music that laid the groundwork for jazz in the early 20th century. Learn about the Blues as a style and a musical form!

History of the Blues with Josh Lee Part 2

Philly saxophonist Josh Lee talks about how the blues bridged into swing and bebop music, and how that in turn influenced jazz music.

Transcribing Jazz Solos with Josh Lee Part 1

Philly saxophonist Josh Lee gets started with transcription — how to do it and why it’s important — with Louis Armstrong’s solo on “Weather Bird.”

Transcribing Jazz Solos with Josh Lee Part 2

Philly saxophonist Josh Lee transcribes another iconic piece with Charlie Parker’s solo on “Cherokee.”

Notes from a Master: Terell Stafford on Shirley Scott

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford talks about his mentor and influence, Philly jazz organist Shirley Scott! Terell learned about performance, teaching, and more for "Aunt" Shirley.