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September 18-21

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Over a dozen remarkable performances throughout Philadelphia, including the country’s first queer all-day jazz festival at Union Transfer.

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY 

  • 5-6pm  The New York Times’ Nate Chinen in conversation with Fred Hersch (Free) @ William Way LGBT Community Center
  • 6-8pm  OutBeat Kickoff Reception featuring Dena Underwood ($100) @ Mark Segal Ballroom
 FRIDAY 

  • 3pm “From Strayhorn to Cecil: Jazz Innovation in America” featuring David Hajdu, John Szwed, and Orrin Evans in conversation with Jazztimes’ John Murph (Free) @ University of the Arts’ Arts Bank
  • 5pm VIP Reception (Free with VIP Ticket) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 5:45pm Fred Hersch Trio ($23.50 – $38.50) @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 8:30pm Philadelphia Jazz Project presents “Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn” ($25 – $35) @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre
 SATURDAY 

  • 5pm Pre-Concert Discussion with Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, and William Way’s Chris Bartlett moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph (Free) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 7pm Bill Stewart Quartet ($25 – $40) @ Painted Bride Art Center
  • 8pm Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle  ($25 – $35) @ Chris’ Jazz Cafe
SUNDAY 

OutBeat Festival Finale @ Union Transfer

Festival Begins at 1pm ($40 – $70)
Set Times Coming Soon!

  • Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project
  • Andy Bey
  • Patricia Barber Quartet
  • Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio
  • Jennifer Leitham Trio
  • Mike McGinnis Splang-a-lang Trio +1 performs the music of Drew Paralic, Cole Porter, and Billy Strayhorn
  • Dena DeRose Trio
  • David Coss Quartet
  • Ben Flint and the Diesel Puppies
  • Monnette Sudler
  • Weez the Peeples
  • TreZure Empire

Artists

Andy Bey

Andy Bey

Andy Bey

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Chris' Jazz Cafe (Saturday) // Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Friday) View Details

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

The Painted Bride (Saturday) View Details

Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn

Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn

Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn

Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Friday) View Details

Dena DeRose

Dena DeRose

Dena DeRose

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Andrew D'Angelo

Andrew D'Angelo

Andrew D'Angelo

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

David Coss

David Coss

David Coss

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Ben Flint

Ben Flint

Ben Flint

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Mike McGinnis

Mike McGinnis

Mike McGinnis

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

Philadelphia Showcase

Philadelphia Showcase

Philadelphia Showcase

Union Transfer (Sunday) View Details

In Conversation with Fred Hersch

In Conversation with Fred Hersch

In Conversation with Fred Hersch

William Way LGBT Community Center (Thursday) View Details

From Strayhorn to Cecil

From Strayhorn to Cecil

From Strayhorn to Cecil

Arts Bank (Friday) View Details

OutBeat Panel

OutBeat Panel

OutBeat Panel

Painted Bride Art Center (Saturday) View Details
Andy Bey

Andy Bey

Union Transfer (Sunday)

Andy Bey / piano & vocals

Andy Bey has been hailed as a cultural phenomenon, and has been applauded by the tastemakers of contemporary music. From Pharrell Williams to Mos Def, and Jamie Cullum, Andy Bey has become an icon for the next generation, many of whom attend his performances not only for the pure pleasure, but also for enlightenment at the feet of a master.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Chris' Jazz Cafe (Saturday) // Union Transfer (Sunday)

Chris’ Jazz Café (Saturday)
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON’S MONEY JUNGLE
Terri Lyne Carrington / drums
Aaron Parks / piano
Antonio Hart / saxophones
Zach Brown / bass

Union Transfer (Sunday, September 21)
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON’S MOSAIC PROJECT
Terri Lyne Carrington / drums
Rachel Z / piano
Josh Hari / bass
Matt Stevens / guitar
Ingrid Jensen / trumpet
Tia Fuller / saxophone
Lizz Wright / vocals

GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she recently returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music.

With the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York in 1983. For 5 years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late ‘80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late ‘90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show, VIBE, hosted by Sinbad.

Carrington released The Mosaic Project in July 2011, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. The critically acclaimed CD, which won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, gathered a myriad of voices and crystallized them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighed the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set which featured some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others. Carrington said the emergence of so many great female jazz artists is what made an album like The Mosaic Project possible, more so than in decades past.

On February 5, 2013, Carrington released Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, her much anticipated homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of their iconic 1963 Money Jungle album. Her new recording features Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride, with guests Clark Terry, Lizz Wright, Herbie Hancock and others.

Fred Hersch

Fred Hersch

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Friday)

An artist of unbounded imagination, ambition and skill, 6-time Grammy® Award-nominated pianist Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. In addition to his more than three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, Hersch was the recipient of the 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for compositions and has collabored with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists including Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell, Renèe Fleming, Nancy King, and Kurt Elling. A passionate spokemans and funder-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies since 1993, Hersch has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities.

Hersche’s influence has been widely felt by a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students including Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus to his contemporary Jason Moran. His latest album, Floating, features his trio performing seven new compositions as well as imaginative covers.

Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

The Painted Bride (Saturday)

BILL STEWART QUARTET
Bill Stewart / drums
Seamus Blake / tenor saxophone
Bill Carrothers / piano
Ben Street / bass

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, drummer and composer Bill Stewart was born into a musical
family, as his father was a jazz trombonist and music teacher, and his mother was a choral director and music teacher. He studied music at William Paterson College, graduating in 1988. He has performed with many well known musicians, including John Scofield, Pat Metheny,
Maceo Parker, Larry Goldings, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Michael
Brecker, Kevin Hays, Bill Carrothers, Jim Hall, Marc Copland, Peter Bernstein, James Moody, Joshua Redman, Steve Wilson, Seamus Blake, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nicholas Payton, James Brown
and many others. He has also recorded 5 cds as a leader, including two for Blue Note records.

Patricia Barber

Patricia Barber

Union Transfer (Sunday)

Patricia Barber Quartet
Patricia Barber / piano + vocals
Anthony Pinciotti / drums
Larry Kohut / bass
Paul Piepe / guitar

From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her recordings. And when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often indelible imagery.

Since Barber doesn’t consider herself a poet – and since she didn’t want to be a jazz pianist in the first place – you’d have to say things turned out pretty well.

Barber wrote (in Poetry Magazine, in 2005): “I am a songwriter, which is not the same thing as a poet. Poetry is a passion, my ever present guide and inspiration. Though I indulge in very little of the lingua franca of the art. . . . I cannot talk about poetry, but I know poetry. Alone, with logic and diligence, I have studied, but for me art can be created neither by logic nor diligence. Like music, poetry is created in the mouth, in the ear, and in the air.”

That’s an especially nuanced explanation; then again, the gleaming successes of Barber’s art lie in the nuances, the nooks and crannies, of conventional performance. When the veteran music writer Don Heckman (in the Los Angeles Times) called Barber “one of the most utterly individual jazz performers to arrive on the scene in years,” he wasn’t referring to the virtuosic spectacle that comes all too easily to today’s jazz artists; he had homed in on the quiet audacity with which Barber has redefined the role of the singer-songwriter for 21st-century jazz.

Born in the Chicago suburbs, Barber came by music naturally. Her father was Floyd “Shim” Barber, a saxophonist who had worked with Glenn Miller’s orchestra, and the instrument beguiled young Patricia: “When he played the saxophone around the house, I’d put my hand in the bell to feel the music.” She began playing classical piano at the age of 6, but by the time she had graduated high school – in South Sioux City, Iowa, where the family had moved in the mid-60s, following her father’s death – Barber had foresworn jazz entirely. “It was hanging over my head the whole time,” she recalled years later. “But I thought that becoming a jazz musician was such a stupid thing for a woman to do – for a smart woman to do – that I tried to resist it.”

Barber enrolled at the University of Iowa with a double major in classical music and psychology, while continuing to indulge the voracious reading habit she had nurtured since childhood. But the jazz echoes she thought she’d banished only grew louder, and by graduation, she had decided to follow in her father’s path. She returned to Chicago, and in 1984 she landed the gig that put her (and the venue at which she performed) on the national jazz map: five nights a week at the intimate Gold Star Sardine Bar, which held 60 people at the most, but where the audience made up in sophistication what it lacked in size.

Soon her reputation spread beyond Chicago, spurred by enthusiastic response to performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival (1988) and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands (1989), culminating in her major label debut (A Distortion Of Love) in 1992. Two years later, she released Café Blue, her debut for the small Premonition label; working with label head and producer Michael Friedman, Barber garnered rave reviews from around the nation, which would quickly become the normal response to each new release.

At about the same time, Barber began a steady engagement at Chicago’s legendary Green Mill (which was owned in the 1920s by a lieutenant of Al Capone’s, and is today considered the city’s leading jazz room); when not on tour, she continues to perform there every Monday night. And, ever the student, Barber returned to academia in the mid-90s to earn her master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University. (She regularly gives master classes in this country and overseas.)

Barber’s first two albums for Premonition made her an international star: despite the label’s tiny size, Barber sold more than 120,000 of the album Modern Cool and even more of the follow-up Nightclub, attracting the attention of Blue Note Records. In 1999 Blue Note started distributing her discs as part of a unique partnership – the first joint imprint in the fabled label’s then-six-decade history. In 2002, Barber moved into an exclusive contract with Blue Note, recording three albums, including Mythologies, a genre-crashing song cycle based on the writings of the ancient Roman poet Ovid; the project was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition (the first ever awarded to a non-classical “songwriter”).

By then, Barber had secured her place in modern jazz history. Among her contemporaries, only Cassandra Wilson had managed to create a comparable chemistry of new and old standards (catalyzed by uncategorizable originals); and only Diana Krall would match the compound appeal of Barber’s rarefied vocals and pristine piano. In recent years, she has released two volumes of music recorded at the Green Mill, available on her own label.

Now with Smash, her January 22, 2013 debut on Concord Jazz, Barber proves that her poetry continues to search ever deeper, even as her music grows all the more magical.

Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn

Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn

Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Friday)

TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET
Terell Stafford / trumpet
Anam Owili-Eger vocals
Tim Warfield / tenor saxophone
Keith DeStafano / bass
Joe Falcey / drums

LUSH LIFE BIG BAND
Keith DeStafano / music director
Members of Puzzlebox / various
Anam Owili-Eger / piano
Anthony DeSantis / trumpet
Barry McCommon / trombone
Bob Meashey / trumpet
Danny Tobias / trumpet
Jarred Antonacci / trombone
Jason O’Mara / saxophone
Joe Falcey / drums
Matthew Stewart / trumpet
Maxfield Gast / saxophone
Michael Rilli / trombone
Mike Cemprola / saxophone
Nick Lombardelli / trombone
Steven Gokh / saxophone
Monette Sudler / guitar
Karen Smith / percussion
Christian Gabriel Noguera / percussion
Elliott Levin / saxophone
Terry Lawson / saxophone
Matthew Clayton / saxophone

BIG BAND GUESTS
Lamont Dixon / poet
Christina May / poet
Rhenda Fearrington / vocals
Ella Gahnt / vocals
Barbara Montgomery / vocals
Elizabeth Filante / vocals
Eddie Bruce / vocals
Ty Stephens / vocals
Keisha Slaughter / vocals

A CAPPELLA POETRY SUITE
Elijah Pringle / poet
Bethlehem Roberson / vocals
Kevin Valentine / vocals
V. Shayne Frederick / vocals

LUSH LIFE SAXOPHONE CHOIR
Elliott Levin / saxophone
Terry Lawson / saxophone
Tim Warfield / saxophone

SOLO PIANO
Raymond A. King / piano

DUELING PIANOS
Andy Kahn / piano
Dena Underwood / piano
Elizabeth Filante / vocals
V. Shayne Frederick / vocals
Kevin Valentine / vocals
Jaye Sanders / vocals

Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn is a diverse, inter-generational tribute to Dayton-born, Pittsburgh-raised, pianist, composer and arranger, William Thomas Strayhorn. As Duke Ellington’s creative partner for over 30 years, the openly gay and unprecedented Strayhorn created such classics and standards of the Great American Songbook as “Take The A-Train”, “Satin Doll” and of course, “Lush Life.” As half of one of America’s most important musical collaborations, Billy Strayhorn penned some of the most enduring music of the 20th century.

This event showcases some of Philadelphia’s finest musicians, vocalists and poets. The presentation is produced by the Philadelphia Jazz Project in conjunction with OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The performance is built around the arrangements and conducting talents of bassist/composer Keith DeStefano and his exceptional octet, Puzzlebox. It will present re-imaginings of Strayhorn and Ellington’s work, as well as explorations of compositions by artists whom they influenced; including artists like Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Gil Evans, Archie Shepp and David Murray.

Dena DeRose

Dena DeRose

Union Transfer (Sunday)

DENA DEROSE TRIO
Dena DeRose / piano & vocals
Martin Wind / bass
Matt Wilson / drums

Grammy® Award-nominee Dena DeRose has recorded 11 CD’s as a leader and her newest release “We Won’t Forget You…An Homage to Shirley Horn” features her trio of over 15 years – Martin Wind (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums) – and special guests Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), and Gary Smulyan (bari sax). She has also played with greats such as Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Phil Woods, and John Scofield therefore cementing her position as a mainstay in the jazz world. Her last recording, released in 2012, “Travelin’ Light” (Maxjazz), was considered for a Grammy as well as garnering 4 stars in Downbeat, and was selected as one of the Albums of the Year by Downbeat and All About Jazz. In between recording and touring DeRose is also a jazz educator. She has been on the adjunct faculty at institutes including Manhattan School of Music, The New School, Long Island University, Purchase College in New York, and The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. DeRose currently heads the Vocal Jazz program at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham

Union Transfer (Sunday)

JENNIFER LEITHAM TRIO
Jennifer Leitham / bass & vocals
Kait Dunton / piano
Randy Drake / drums

Her story is compelling. Her journey has been most unconventional. Her career is groundbreaking as she attempts to bring a sense of normalcy to a subject that many people don’t understand, all the while proudly displaying her exceptional skills.

She began her career with the name John Leitham.

In her professional life, she had played with numerous big names, including Woody Herman, George Shearing, Bob Cooper, Bill Watrous, and Peggy Lee. She was Mel Torme’s bassist for ten years. For most of that time, she was also a bandleader and studio musician, playing on over one hundred recordings, including five discs under her own name. She married, settled in L.A., but all that while, was struggling to deal with and keep secret her gender identity.

Finally, in a process that was lengthy and painful, physically and emotionally, she transitioned in 2001 while touring with Doc Severinsen.

She has maintained a vigorous career throughout and has achieved much acclaim and acceptance.

Jennifer has been a featured artist at at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs. In addition to playing at major venues with Mel Torme’, including 10 performances each at Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, (She’s appeared there overall 14 times), and numerous tours in Japan, recently she has recently appeared (mostly with her trio) at some of the finest venues in the world, including The Blue Note, Iridium, Small’s, The Kitano and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York, The Toronto Pride Fest, The Bohem Festival in Budapest, Kecskemét, and The Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Bank, Hungary, Vienna Koncerthaus, Medford Jazz Festival, Mammoth Lakes, Sacramento, and Sweet and Hot Jazz Festivals in California, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Vitello’s, Catalina’s, Charlie O’s, Cafe 322, The Lighthouse, Zipper Concert Hall, The Renberg Theater in Los Angeles, Camelot Theater in Palm Springs, “KSDS Jazz Live” at the Savile Theater in San Diego, The Nash in Phoenix, AZ, Prescott Jazz Summit, AZ, Milford Center for the Arts, Connecticut, The Black Box Theater at Centenary College and Shanghai Jazz in New Jersey, the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Pa, the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap, Pa and a host of others.

Whether fronting her trio or her quintet, Jennifer has been an admired bandleader and a unique, creative musical force.

Andrew D'Angelo

Andrew D'Angelo

Union Transfer (Sunday)

ANDREW D’ANGELO’S GAY DISCO TRIO
Andrew D’Angelo / alto saxophone
Trevor Dunn / bass
Jim Black / drums

“D’Angelo is an expressionist. On alto, he wields a visceral, heart-on-sleeve tone” -JazzTimes

As a composer, D’Angelo has created a powerful personal language rooted in jazz but incorporating influences from electro-acoustic music, noise, and modern classical music. D’Angelo’s work as a composer has included music for big band, chamber groups, string orchestra, various jazz ensembles and soloists.

His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas have been powerful inspirations to his peers and to a new generation of improvisers. His forceful tone and aggressive improvisational style have made him one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his time.

Growing up in Seattle, Andrew D’Angelo forged powerful musical and personal relationships with friends and fellow musicians Chris Speed and Jim Black. Before moving to New York City in 1986. He reconnected with Speed and Black in Boston where they formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Human Feel would prove to be one of the central incubators new jazz and creative improvised music in the 1990’s and beyond When the band moved to Brooklyn in the early 1990′s, they were rapidly absorbed into the blossoming downtown music scene, becoming sidemen of choice for many world renowned artists. D’Angelo joined bands and made records with Erik Friedlander, Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft/Cuong Vu and would forge another long-lasting musical relationship with drummer Matt Wilson.

David Coss

David Coss

Union Transfer (Sunday)

DAVID COSS QUARTET
David Coss / vocals
John Chin / piano
Michael O’Brien / bass
Charles Ruggerio / drums

Born in Southern California, David Coss discovered his penchant for a tune at the young age of eleven playing acoustic guitar in a youth folk group. His formal introduction to jazz came from his well respected high school jazz teacher, pianist, composer and arranger, Jack Kunz in the suburbs of Seattle. David’s continued enthusiasm led him to Cornish College of the Arts where he met internationally renowned vocalist Jay Clayton and other great educators who encouraged him to nurture his natural gifts.

A move to New York’s Greenwich Village found David at the epicenter of jazz. David would regularly frequent such popular spots as the Five Oaks, The Village Gate, Smalls, and Birdland.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible musicians and meet some great people like the late Laurel Watson who sang with many groups including the Basie and Ellington bands. My dear friend Laurel used to come by every week to do some tunes with my band and always offered words of encouragement, telling me to keep that great swing feel alive. Dakota Staton is another who came to visit on several occasions and would sit in with the band and do some of her great signature tunes. Her mere presence was inspiring, she taught me a great deal.” David cites such influences as: Mel Torme’. Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughn, Ernestine Anderson, Dakota Staton Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald. David says, “I wholly appreciate what each of these great pioneers can bring to a tune. Ernestine’s soulfulness, Mel’s agility and scatting, Chet’s simplicity, Sarah’s textures, Dakota’s musicianship and Ella (for all the above).” He has had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest musicians around including Dena DeRose, Patience Higgins, Christos Rafalides, Virginia Mayhew, Danny Mixon, Jerry Weldon, McClenty Hunter, Corcoran Holt, Fukushi Tainaka, Akiko Tsuruga, Bill Crow, Randy Johnston, Joey Morant, and Dominck Farinacci, just to name a few.

Ben Flint

Ben Flint

Union Transfer (Sunday)

BEN FLINT & THE DIESEL PUPPIES
Ben Flint / piano
Sam Bevan / bass
Julian Hogan / drums

Growing up near Memphis, Ben Flint became enamored of the Jazz, R&B and Gospel Music he heard in the city. His sound reflects these influences, along with his exploration of African and Brazilian rhythms.

While still attending high school, Ben began playing piano professionally in the Memphis Area. Upon graduation, he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music on full scholarship. At Berklee, he had the pleasure of playing with Greg Osby, Terri Lynn Carrington, and Delfayo Marsalis.

After completing his degree at Berklee College of Music, he returned to the South to resume his music career. While in Atlanta, he landed the keyboard position with Isaac Hayes. Working with Isaac afforded Ben the opportunity to travel and appear on David Letterman, The Today show and Good Morning America; and Jazz Festivals in Montreux, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and the Hague. As Hayes’ keyboardist, he appeared in the documentary movie “Only the Strong Survive”.

Currently, Ben lives in the Bay Area. He directs the Oakland Jazz Choir and teaches at several community colleges. His first CD, ‘Onyx’ was released in 1998. Since then, he has been featured on Ellen Robinson’s two CD’s, “On My Way to You” and ‘Mercy’ as both pianist and arranger. With longtime collaborator Gerard Harris, he released two more CD’s, The World Soul Project in 2004 and Spirit Talk in 2011. The selections they write feature heavy African grooves, gentle Brazilian rhythms, danceable Jamaican beats and Southern soul.

Mike McGinnis

Mike McGinnis

Union Transfer (Sunday)

MIKE MCGINNIS SPLANG-A-LANG TRIO +1
Performs the music of Drew Paralic, Billy Strayhorn and Cole Porter
Mike McGinnis / clarinet, saxophone
Jacob Sacks / piano
Dave Ambrosio / bass
Vinnie Sperrazza / drums

Clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Mike McGinnis a musical explorer who will not be limited by stylistic barriers. He can swing in the straight ahead tradition or improvise on the furthest edge of the avant-garde, bringing the same deep commitment and personal vision to every musical situation. His open-minded and determinedly individual approach has led to work with jazz innovators like Anthony Braxton, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and Lonnie Plaxico; Parliament/Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell; indie rock mainstays Yo La Tengo; the Afro-Baroque band Stew & The Negro Problem, authors of the Tony-winning musical Passing Strange; as soloist for the Tony-winning Broadway hit Fela!; and as co-leader of the inventive Chamber Grunge group The Four Bags. The prolific McGinnis’ wide-ranging imagination comes stunningly to the fore on his latest critically aclaimed releases, Road*Trip and The Ängsudden Song Cycle, both of which feature extended compositions showcasing McGinnis’ skills as both composer and improviser. Road*Trip for Clarinet & 9 Players (RKM) received a rare 4 ½ Stars in Downbeat Magazine and was picked by David Adler of the Village Voice as one of 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2013 The Ängsudden Song Cycle (482 Music), a landscape tone poem in collaboration with painter/poet MuKha who’s LP Release concert was named one of the best live performances in NYC of 2013 by the NYC Jazz Record.

DREW PARALIC
Drawing influence from greats such as Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk, composer and pianist, Drew Paralic began recording his compositions over a decade ago. Although he started studying piano at twenty years old, it didn’t seem to stop him from arranging and recording over 30 original works in a variety of settings: quartets, trios, duos, and solo piano pieces. From his first release, “Too Little, Too Late” which won an O Music Award in 2002 through his fourth “Wintertime Tunes of Drew Paralic” he has experienced unanimous critical success.

Philadelphia Showcase

Philadelphia Showcase

Union Transfer (Sunday)

MONETTE SUDLER ENSEMBLE
Monnette Sudler / guitar
Trapeta Mason / poet
Azel Dixson / piano
Steve Green / bass
Tommy Campbell / drums

Native Philadelphian Monnette Sudler is also a bandleader, performer, poet, singer and recording artist known in Philadelphia and internationally. She has traveled and performed in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and the United States, performing with many jazz greats, such as Hugh Masakela, the late Grover Washington Jr., Byard Lancaster, Odean Pope, Kenny Baron, Steve Turre, Frank Lacey, poets Sonia Sanchez and Pew fellow Trapeta B. Mayson as well as bassists Gerald Veasely and Reggie Workman. Monnette is the recipient of the Transformation award from the Leeway Foundation and most recently The Philadelphia Chapter of the Composers Forum for “If you could Hear These Walls Talk” in collaboration with the Mural Arts program.

WEEZ THE PEEPLES
Karen L. Smith / percussionist
John Guest / piano
Justin Sekelewski / bass
Sanovia J. Garrett / vocals

TREZURE EMPIRE
TreZure Empire / vocals
Johnell Lawrence / violin, mandolin, viola
Yang Wang / ruan, erhu
Kassa Overall / drums, percussion

These musicians have married Caribbean sounds with Cantonese, North African scale with trip pop beats, jazz phrasing in modern arias. TreZure Empire, a multi lingual vocalist curated this ensemble with Johnell Lawrence, leading co-production and strings, Yang Wang, on acoustic and electric Chinese instruments, and concert aficianado, Kassa Overall on drum kits and electronic percussion. New aged, non genre based, the group blends ballads and pop beats, Arabic vocals and Asiatic moods. A blend of classically trained and improv experts, the sound from this band is an ethereal, worldly leap into the future.

In Conversation with Fred Hersch

In Conversation with Fred Hersch

William Way LGBT Community Center (Thursday)

PUBLIC DISCUSSION #1: The New York Times’ Nate Chinen in conversation with Fred Hersch

Nate Chinen is a music critic for the New York Times and a columnist for JazzTimes. His work appears in Best Music Writing 2011 and in the recent anthologies Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History and Pop When the World Falls Apart: Music in the Shadow of Doubt. He has received multiple honors from the Jazz Journalists Association, including the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Review and Feature Writing, and Best Book About Jazz, for Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, which he wrote with George Wein.

From Strayhorn to Cecil

From Strayhorn to Cecil

Arts Bank (Friday)

PUBLIC DISCUSSION #2 | FROM STRAYHORN TO CECIL: JAZZ INNOVATION IN AMERICA

“From Strayhorn to Cecil: Jazz Innovation in America” is a noteworthy roundtable discussion designed to delve further into the lasting and remarkable influence that both Billy Strayhorn and Cecil Taylor have had on modern music, particularly throughout America’s less tolerant days. The panel will feature David Hajdu (Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn), John Szwed (Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra), Philadelphia pianist and Pew Fellow Orrin Evans, and will be moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph. It will take place on Friday, September 19 at 3:00pm at University of the Arts Bank. Admission will be free for this event.

OutBeat Panel

OutBeat Panel

Painted Bride Art Center (Saturday)

PUBLIC DISCUSSION #3: Pre-Concert Discussion with Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, and William Way’s Chris Bartlett moderated by JazzTimes’ John Murph

John Murph is an accomplished Washington, D.C.-based music journalist, who has written for such prestigious publications and media outlets as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Blade, JazzTimes, National Public Radio, DownBeat and The Root. Murph also has DJ’d at the DC Jazz Festival, Quebec City Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center’s One Mic hip-hop celebration as well at popular Washington, DC’s nightspots at Bohemian Caverns and Marvin.

Venues

Union Transfer

Union Transfer

Union Transfer

Sunday, September 21 View Details

Chris' Jazz Cafe

Chris' Jazz Cafe

Chris' Jazz Cafe

Saturday, September 20 View Details

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, September 19 View Details

Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Art Center

Saturday, September 20 View Details

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Friday, September 19 View Details

Mark Segal Ballroom

Mark Segal Ballroom

Mark Segal Ballroom

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William Way Center

William Way Center

William Way Center

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Arts Bank

Arts Bank

Arts Bank

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Union Transfer

Union Transfer

Sunday, September 21

Website: www.utphilly.com

1026 Spring Garden St.

Union Transfer is Philadelphia’s premier music venue. A former luggage transfer station for the adjacent Reading Railroad, the space has been renovated into a beautiful and unique event hall. Sky-high ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, stained glass throughout the building coupled with a state of the art sound and lighting system. With a large lobby, four bars and a mezzanine with tiered seating and a balcony we host events from 200 to 1200 people.

Chris' Jazz Cafe

Chris' Jazz Cafe

Saturday, September 20

Website: www.chrisjazzcafe.com
1421 Sansom St.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe produces over 500 live shows a year.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Friday, September 19

Website: www.philamuseum.org

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. Find beauty, enchantment, and the unexpected among artistic and architectural achievements from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Art Center

Saturday, September 20

Website: www.paintedbride.org

230 Vine St.

Painted Bride Art Center brings together artists, audiences and communities to push the boundaries of how we create and experience art, cultivating an environment for critical dialog and playful exchange to transform lives and communities.

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Friday, September 19

philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/

480 S Broad St.

Suzanne Roberts Theatre produces, develops, and presents entertaining and imaginative contemporary theater focused on the American experience that ignites the intellect and touches the soul.

Mark Segal Ballroom

Mark Segal Ballroom

website: www.waygay.org

1315 Spruce Street

The Mark Segal Ballroom is located within the William Way Community Center, which encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.

William Way Center

William Way Center

www.waygay.org

1315 Spruce Street

The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming.

Arts Bank

Arts Bank

www.uarts.edu/about/arts-bank

601 South Broad Street

The Arts Bank is a historical bank building on Philadelphia’s famed South Street. The building houses a 230-seat main stage and the fully renovated Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theater on the first floor.

About OutBeat

The William Way LGBT Community Center, with generous support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is proud to announce OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will serve as the finale for the Community Center’s annual music series and highlight the intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

OutBeat will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of world-renowned jazz musicians brought together to educate and entertain audiences with once-in-a-lifetime performances, panel discussions, and master classes.

Established in 1976 as the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia, the William Way LGBT Community Center evolved from a modest rented facility on Kater Street to a prominent four-story, privately owned building in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Gayborhood. With more than 50,000 visitors each year, the organization thrives with a diverse array of over seventy monthly programs and activities that serve Greater Philadelphia’s vibrant and unique LGBTQ community. These programs include free peer counseling, senior programs, an art gallery, one of the largest LGBT archives in the western hemisphere, a public cyber center, hiking and tour groups, and other recreational, health, educational, arts, and cultural opportunities.

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