April is Jazz Appreciation Month and PhillyCAM in participation with Philadelphia Jazz Project [PJP], showcase over 50 hours of performances and conversations of Philadelphia's jazz community over thirty days. The "30 Days of Jazz" celebration features a range of styles, from BeBop to Afro-Latin, with a highlight of new concert footage from PJP's Coltrane at 90 celebration concerts.
Television programs for Jazz Appreciation Month air:
Mondays at 12:30-3:30PM,
Tuesdays - Fridays at 2:30-3:30PM,
Fridays at 6:00-7:00PM,
Saturdays at noon-2:00PM, and Sundays at 7:00-8:30PM
Special 5-part live radio program on WPPM 106.5 FM
Sundays at 4:00-5:00PM
"The ongoing collaboration between PJP and PhillyCAM has been one of the most productive and exciting aspects of our work. Between us we have documented over 300 hours of Philadelphia jazz performances and narratives," said PJP Executive Director Homer Jackson. "As a work partner, PhillyCAM is more like family. They value what we value, and they aggressively work toward the high expectations that we demand."
The first week in April features six days airing The PhillyCAM Sessions, when PJP, in collaboration with PhillyCAM and Turtle Studios, produced a television series of thirteen live performances by some of the most exciting jazz artists working in the Philadelphia region, taped during the summer of 2014. Performing artists include Lucky Thompson and DNA, Korey Riker, Laurin Talese, Rhenda Fearrington, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Kevin Diehl - Loft Quartet, Phila Heritage Art Ensemble, Fred Adams, Francois Zayas, Jim Dragoni, Eye2Eye Trio, Bert Harris, Kim Pedro, Elliott Levin, Kendrah E. Butler, Dena Underwood, Jaye Sanders, Saudah Al Akbar, Liz Filantes, Barbara Montgomery, Lotus Barron, Ella Gahnt, and Mike Boone.
The second week showcases the Electricity Sessions, a diverse collection of performances by Philadelphia musicians who demonstrate their unique interpretations of the term "electricity." Artists featured include Ernest Stuart, Maxfield Gast, Ronnie Burrage, Jake Kelberman, Charles Ellerbe, Ross Bellenoit, and Charlie Patierno, with vocalists Parris Love, Lee Mo, Alexis Simmons and Kevin Valentine.
A special highlight of the month will be four one-hour programs from PJP's Coltrane at 90 concerts, which celebrate the 90th birthday of, Philly Jazz giant, John Coltrane. Much of this footage has never been publicly aired and includes a Saxophone Tribune, culled from a six-hour saxophone marathon featuring a diverse spectrum of artists such as James Carter, Bobby Zankel, Sonny Fortune, Odean Pope, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Julian Pressley, Billy Harper, Mark Allen, Azar Lawrence, Sam Reed, Oli Mathisen, Douglas Ewart, James Brandon Lewis, and Nasir Dickerson; Kulu Se Mama Tribute with Sonic Liberation 8 in a live performance of the music from Coltrane's 1965 album Kulu Se Mama; and the Equinox Concert, celebrating Coltrane's fascination with science and celestial bodies and his classic composition of the same name with an all-star ensemble of Alfie Politt on piano, Steve Beskrone on bass, Alan Nelson on drums, Victor North, Pete Chavez and Nasir Dickerson on tenor sax, Bobby Zankel on alto sax, Vince Turnbull on trumpet and Bob Blacksburg on trombone. All these programs will air on Sundays evenings.
Other programs throughout the month include:
· Afro Blue special Sundays from 12:30-1:00PM, a celebration of the song "Afro Blue" in honor of John Coltrane's 90th birthday featuring Ernest Stuart with Parris Love, Suzzette Ortiz and Bethlehem with the NU GRuV Network.
· First Friday Rent Party Series on Saturday, April 15 from noon-2:00 PM featuring concerts held April-August, 2106 celebration the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great Migration. These concerts, a product of PJP's partnership with the Arch Street Meeting House, showcase artists such as Chris Stephens, Sam Reed, V. Shayne Frederick, Tony "TNT" Jones, and Lili Anel.
· Very Special One Time Recordings (VSOR) features two programs capturing special live studio recordings with Raymond A. King, Pearl Williams, and Ed Stokes, some of Philadelphia's most intriguing elder performers on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 from 2:30-3:30PM.
In addition, PhillyCAM's new radio station, WPPM, will air a five-part radio series, My Favorite Things: Why We Love Our Music, featuring some of Philadelphia's finest musicians, deejays, journalists and music collectors. The program, hosted by Aaron Love, airs on Sundays from 4:00-5:00PM with guests master guitarist Steve Giordano and DR/producer Femi Olatunji; writer/editor Chris Slawecki and PJP director Homer Jackson; pianist/educator Terry Klinefelter and collector Gabriel Dunn; master saxophonist Odean Pope and DJ/producer John Morrison; and master guitarist Monnette Sudler and rapper/producer Twizzmatic. Additionally, WPPM will be featuring artist profiles with local jazz artists daily on the radio station throughout the month of April.
30 Days of Jazz programs will air on PhillyCAM's cable channels on Comcast 66/966/967 and Verizon 29/30 or it can be viewed online at https://phillycam.org/web-channel. WPPM's 90-watt signal reaches about 800,000 people from Center City north to Lehigh Avenue, south to the sports stadiums, west to University City and east to Camden and Cherry Hill. Those outside of the coverage area are able to listen to WPPM online and via the TuneIn mobile app.
As the non-profit designated by the City of Philadelphia to operate public access, PhillyCAM cablecasts a diverse range of locally-produced television programs promoting neighborhood news and community events, regional arts and cultural events, and youth-initiated programs. PhillyCAM provides residents and community organizations access to media-making tools, training and opportunities for interaction between communities. Promoting creative expression, democratic values and civic participation, the programs seen on PhillyCAM reflect the diverse social, political, ethnic and artistic communities found in Philadelphia.