Trombonist Ernest Stuart has been organizing and raising money in order to bring Philadelphia one of the most authentic Jazz festivals we've seen in years, The Center City Jazz Festival. Saturday April, 19th, Philly will be a hot spot no doubt. Things get underway promptly at 1 pm, so get your lunch early as this will be a roller coaster ride of notes, phrases, and dynamics. Usually when we go to these events, they're held at a park with everyone laying around on blankets with snacks in the mid afternoon.You end up so far from the stage that it becomes background music to a picnic. The main act is usually some R&B group that everyone grew up on 30 to 40 years ago. The Center City Jazz Festival is about fresh music and fresh acts. People who are continually bringing us the latest in arrangements and styles. Held in four different venues, you must keep busy to see the bands up close, with times that overlap, your adrenaline will shoot through your veins like a double high C on a trumpet. You'll literally be running from venue to venue to keep up. Leave those stilettos at home.
Performers range from drummer Justin Faulkner to the sultry voicings of Rhenda Fearrington. The evening comes to a climax with saxophonist Tim Warfield ripping down the walls and shaking tables with his fire at Chris's Jazz Cafe. If you're looking for some great music in an authentic atmosphere, I highly recommend taking the train, the bus, running, or just a short drive into the city of Philadelphia for a day or total musical joy. Tell a friend to tell 10 friends. For more information on the venues, times, and performers, click this link, Center City Jazz Festival.