11th. Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

Philadelphia’s Jaleel Shaw to Headline Free, Family-Friendly Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

Event Celebrates 11th Anniversary with the New Wave of Jazz on July 15th

Philadelphia, PA – Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw will headline the 11th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 15th from noon to 7pm in Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s Saunders Park Greene, 39th and Powelton Avenue. Hosted by People’s Emergency Center (PEC), this marks the 11th year that this annual event has taken place, which has grown from a few hundred attendees to more than 3,000. This year the FREE Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival offers a family-friendly event showcasing the best of Philadelphia: a mix of up and coming young artists who are shaping the future of jazz, a diverse gathering of people, a view of the city and a chance to enjoy a neighborhood that is rich in arts and culture. Rain date is Sunday, July 16.

Artisans and vendors along with a variety of specialty food trucks will be on site. Activities such as a moon bounce, face painting, community resources and digital pop-up computer lab will be available for everyone’s enjoyment. Free parking is available one block away at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s lot at Powelton Avenue and State Street.

Also performing on the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival stage are jazz performers Matthew Clayton on sax, the vocalist V.Shayne Fredrick, Josh Lawrence on trumpet, the vocalist Lee Mo, Nazir Ebo on drums, and Phoenix Mystique! The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will also be back by popular demand, courtesy of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are excited to present the 11th Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival by ushering in the New Wave of Jazz. These under-40 performers will offer the audience very best in fusion, rhythm, and smooth jazz musicianship. The Festival is gaining in renown and popularity, as is Lancaster Avenue. The corridor’s rich artistic and cultural history is leading to a bright future for businesses and residents,” says PEC President Kathy Desmond.

Sponsors include Duane Morris, United Healthcare, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Drexel University, Ellen Brotman Law, Citizens Bank, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Ember IT. Talent for the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Fest is curated by the Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia.

A Community Dedicated to Arts and Culture

The community that organizes and supports the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival is dedicated to increasing the profile of arts and culture institutions in West Philadelphia. PEC and the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival committee will honor James Dupree and J. Michael Harrison for their outstanding contributions to advancing arts and culture for youth, this community, and the world. The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia will also grant Lifetime Achievement awards to some musicians.

Master Class

The Community Education Center will host the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival 4th Annual Masters class. This provides an opportunity for youth to participate in practice sessions under the direction of a seasoned Master musician. This year we are honored to have Brent White join us as the curator of the classes. He will instruct the students in the original music of PEC’s headliner Jaleel Shaw supervise practice sessions and lead the students in a special performance on Friday, July 14 at the Community Education Center.

More about the Lancaster avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

The goals of the Festival include: celebrating jazz performers under the age of 40, increasing awareness of the Lancaster Avenue commercial corridor, stimulating the local economy, energizing the community, bringing together partners, and highlighting the community’s rich cultural arts and educational assets. For more information, go to  www.lancasteravejazzfest.com and facebook..com/lancasteravejazzfest.

About People’s Emergency Center

           The People’s Emergency Center’s mission is to nurture families, strengthen neighborhoods and drive change in West Philadelphia. PEC offers affordable housing, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology coursework. PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the women and children who seek its services and inspire them to aspire to new heights. The PEC community development corporation programs respond to community needs and build on neighborhood assets to help bridge the digital divide, expand mixed-income housing opportunities, stimulate economic growth, create wealth, and improve the quality of life for all West Philadelphia residents. http://www.pec-cares.org www.lancasteravephilly.com www.pechousing.com  # # #

Contact: Trish Downey, PEC Cell: (267) 334-5778  Office: (267) 777-5811 tdowney@pec-cares.org

 

 

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