Newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, made its debut performance in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the performing Arts January 7, 2013.
The orchestra is the result of the dual efforts of legendary trumpeter Terell Stafford; Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University who serves as the orchestra's Artistic Director and Founding Director Deena Adler.
Aptly titled 'Coming Home', the orchestra,which is made up of musicians from Philadelphia, or musicians who have studied in Philadelphia performed selections by Philadelphia Jazz musicians.
The mission is to perpetuate Philadelphia's Jazz legacy and expose established and up and coming Jazz artists through performances and education.
Temple Alum and Jazz advocate, Bill Cosby, emceed the show, and in his own incomparable way, gave a brief history of Philly Jazz.
The set kicked off with McCoy Tyner's Passion Dance.
The night featured solo performances by Tim Warfield, Randy Brecker, Kenny Barron, Larry McKenna Bootsie Barnes, Tony Williams, Wynton Marsalis and the orchestra's director, Terell Stafford.
The set ended with a Jam Session with an array of extraordinary Philadelphia musical talent lined up on the stage.
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