“We are thrilled this wonderful partnership with PIFA provides an opportunity for AAMP to celebrate our jazz heritage,” commented AAMP President & CEO Romona Riscoe Benson.
It goes without saying that stellar performances are expected. Something people may not expect is free jazz on the plaza outside the museum at 701 Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia starting 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the Clef Club Youth Jazz Band. A New Perspective – Youth Jazz Band Strolling Musicians follow on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The Jordan Williams Trio hit their mellow notes at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
“Early Parisian jazz was reminiscent of New Orleans traditions, and,” explains Benson, “will be captured with outdoor performances, headline acts, strolling musicians, and performances with select artist arrangements of famed jazz musician Sidney Bechet’s work.”
Headline acts perform in ticketed evening concerts, giving music lovers opportunities to savor some of the best jazz Philadelphia has to offer while supporting the engaging work of the museum.
Here is where it pays to be a museum member. Bassist Gerald Veasley kicks off featuring violinist John Blake both at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Friday. Tickets cost $35 per person or $30 per AAMP member. The Heath Brothers appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $40 per person or $30 per AAMP member.
The hard bop Orrin Evans Quartet closes the concerts on Sunday when tickets cost $20 per person or $15 per AAMP member.
But this weekend is not only about live concerts, Gerald Veasley will hold a master jazz workshop at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Jazz on Film rolls at 3:00 p.m. that day. Film time changes to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. General museum admission is $10 per person or $8 per child age 4-12 and per student with I.D.
VIP all access passes are available for $200 for those who cannot get enough of jazz. VIP passes include a jazz t-shirt and hat as well as refreshments. The AAMP Member Value Pass, which costs $55, offers 1 Heath Brothers concert and Jazz ‘til Sunrise.