What does it feel like to be overwhelmed by a hundred or so Philadelphia jazz musicians on a chilly morning outside of the John Coltrane House on North 33rd Street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city? Publicist Graziella D’Amelio, who was checking people in when they arrived, said she felt like she was “on a receiving line at one of the most special family gatherings. I was leaning on a stoop next door to the Coltrane house , holding down photo release forms with one hand while receiving kisses and warm greetings from musicians and vocalists. It was a fun crazy morning.” And so it was.
To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Day in Philadelphia this year, Gary Steuer, chief cultural officer in Philadelphia, decided to solo without a net and make a major commitment to really show off one of the city’s chief cultural resources – the jazz community – by assembling almost every jazz musician in the area for another Great Day in Philadelphia photo shoot.