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Jazzed!  The Philly POPS  BIG Band with Terell Stafford and Dee Dee Bridgewater

JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Jan 18-20, 2019
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Terell Stafford, trumpet & music director

Matt Gallagher, The Philly POPS BIG Band leader
Dee Dee Bridgewater, guest vocalist

The Philly POPS BIG Band 

Alita Moses, guest vocalist

Philadelphia has a storied history with America’s musical art form: jazz. Internationally-celebrated trumpet standout Terell Stafford directs a fresh look at Philly’s contributions to jazz, featuring an original jazz overture, which explores the sounds of North, South, and West Philly. Also in the program is three-time Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, singing Billie Holiday. Matt Gallagher, leader of The Philly POPS BIG Band, refreshes the sounds of Grover Washington Jr., and John Coltrane. University of the Arts graduate and POPS favorite Alita Moses sings Jill Scott.  

The program includes “Cottontail”, “Oh Lady Be Good”, and “God Bless The Child”—tunes which would have been familiar at Philadelphia’s vanguard of jazz clubs, like the Showboat, Bijou, and Pep’s Musical Bar.

Terell Stafford conducts the All-City Jazz Orchestra Honor Band as part the School District’s All-City Jazz Festival, which is presented by the POPS. He leads the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, and currently serves as Temple’s Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies. Matt Gallagher and five other members of the BIG Band bring jazz instruction to their students at University of the Arts. Prior to each performance, student musicians will fill the lobby atmosphere with the sounds of today’s jazz. 

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.


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Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists
Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford , Artistic Director for Jazz, trumpet


Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.

Since the mid-1990s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the HamiltonClayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s Grammy-nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a Grammy in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard.

Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. His latest recording This Side of Strayhorn has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius.” Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.

Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993.

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher, The Philly POPS BIG Band leader


Matt Gallagher is principal trumpet with The Philly POPS and has performed in the orchestra for 7 years.

Matt is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits with professional bands and orchestras across the east coast. He has performed with several Broadway show productions and artists, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Philly POPS, Diana Krall, Hugh Jackman, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry Manilow, and many others. Matt is currently the principal trumpet player for The Philly POPS and the lead trumpet sub for the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, Matt is a studio trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and recently recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and LL Cool J, to name a few.

Matt is equally committed to both teaching and performing. He is the chair of the Trumpet department, “Z” Big Band director and music education professor at the University of the Arts.

Matt Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University and earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in 2001.

The Philly POPS BIG Band


The Philly POPS BIG Band performs throughout the Philadelphia region. Composed of 18-20 musicians – five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, a drum set, a piano, a guitar, and bass – the BIG Band plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band while expanding its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to funk and rock. The Philly POPS BIG Band members were chosen for their passion for popular music. Each is also a teaching artist, adept at instructing the next generation of musicians.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist


Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner recently won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.

Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. Her first professional experience was as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 1970s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Signing with Universal Music Group as a producer (Bridgewater produces all of her CDs), Bridgewater released a series of critically acclaimed titles beginning with Keeping Tradition in 1993. All but one, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella, have received Grammy nominations.

Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her role as Glinda in The Wiz in 1975. Having recently completed a run as the lead role of Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway production of Lady Day, her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black BalladCarmenCabaret, and the Off-Broadway and West End Productions of Lady Day, for which Bridgewater received the Laurence Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Alita Moses

Alita Moses, vocalist


Alita Moses is the next big thing hitting the international jazz circuit.  At 23-years-old, she has won the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and performed internationally with the likes of Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Steve Davis, Joel Frahm, and is back again with The Philly POPS.  Alita introduced her talent to Europe for the very first time in May 2016, completing a tour with 29 sold out concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Originally from West Hartford, CT, Alita recently graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning her BM in Jazz Vocal Performance. She has performed as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has shared the stage with some of the hottest players of the New York City jazz scene, such as Joel Frahm and Larry MeKenna. 

While Alita’s career started in jazz, her versatility and inspirations have led her to the neo-soul scene where she has made a mark with her band, Lohai, and has been recruited for performances like singing with rapper Vic Mensa on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Whether on the stage or in the studio, she brings a natural warmth to each performance and astounds audiences with grace, soul and a musical maturity beyond her years.

The history of Jazz in Philadelphia is quite extensive — and so is the current acclaim accorded to Terell Stafford, an internationally-acclaimed jazz trumpet soloist who is also Temple University’s Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies. There’s lots to celebrate this time — the program is supported by the Philly POPS BIG Band, led by Matt Gallagher. The POPS first concert in 1979 featured a good bit of jazz and blues and this thread runs through every season since the first.

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