JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA
Under the direction of Artistic Director for Jazz,
Following January 2019’s presentation of JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford, The Philly POPS appointed Philadelphia’s own jazz legend and renowned music educator, Terell Stafford to the position of Artistic Director for Jazz.
Terell is the founding director of The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, which the POPS now presents.
The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is dedicated to presenting the highest quality of jazz to the greatest number of people, while embodying Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and sustaining its traditions.
About The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Supporting The Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia helps preserve, represent, and continue Philadelphia’s rich legacy of jazz music. Moreover, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) includes supplemental programing through All-City Jazz, an educational component of the JOP founded on providing ample opportunity for jazz programs on the high school level. All-City Jazz is currently in partnership with ten high schools in the School District of Philadelphia.
In addition to embodying Philadelphia’s vital jazz legacy with energetic jazz performances, both locally and outside of its home city, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia provides an essential educational component as part of its mission. The educational component is vital to the development of youth and the survival of jazz in Philadelphia. Terell Stafford is in his ninth year as director of the All-City Jazz Program with the School District of Philadelphia.