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Matt Feldman: Falling in Love with Live Jazz

Promoter of jazz in Philadelphia establishes concert series at Moonstone Arts Center

Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia
Michael Ray

I love to hear jazz genesis stories. You know, the ones about stumbling onto your grandfather’s dusty, old record collection or falling in love with that off-beat guy in high school who gave you a Miles album and dared you to listen. After a crystalizing moment of aural recognition, which only takes a few minutes, you embark on a life-long journey of jazz discovery, exploring the roots of the tree from the early masters to the blossom-laden limbs of soloists and side men yet to be relished.

Matt Feldman, a transplant from Long Island, New York, and one of Philly’s biggest advocates for home-grown jazz artists, has just such a tale that began for him at the age of 15:

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