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photographers: Patrick Simione and Jackie Bayne

THANK YOU PHILLY CATS FOR YOUR INNOVATIVE SOUNDS.
LIFELINE MUSIC COALITION APPRECIATES WORKING WITH YOU AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE “SOUND ADVENTURES”

Calling all Philly area Jazz Artists!

We were expecting about 75 artists, but much to the surprise of photographers Patrick Simione and Jackie Bayne over 200 Philly area jazz artists accepted our invitation to represent Philadelphia Jazz on that hot day in August 2003, for a grand photo reminiscent of a Great Day in Harlem.

Patrick and Jackie managed to get everyone to look at the camera – except for Graziella who was looking the wrong way. lol

Some say jazz was born in Africa, took its first step in New Orleans, and was raised in New York and Chicago…well that may be, but it sure must have hung around Philadelphia at places like the Earle Theater, Pep’s Bar, the Showboat and the Aqua Lounge on 52nd Street.

Philadelphia has always been fertile ground for swingin’ nights and jumpin’ days, full of innovation and soul. Priceless contributions to the jazz arena have been made by Philadelphians…Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Stan Getz, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson and many many more.

The synergy of jazz in Philadelphia has long been a successful collaboration and continues to flourish and ignites a limitless experience of artistic expression –  Warren Oree


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