Bill Cosby Joins Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia Gala at the Kimmel Center Tonight
Philadelphia is the birthplace of great jazz musicians. KimMel Center Presents now proudly presents the newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with a debut performance in Verizon Hall tonight, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. that serves as the Grand Gala Fundraising Concert.
Under the artistic direction of Philly renowned trumpeter Terell Stafford and founding director Deena Adler, the long awaited Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) kick-off concert features an all-star line-up of national and Philly home grown musical talent including the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Odean Pope, Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes and Tony Williams. Emceeing an extraordinary musical evening is the Dean of Philadelphia jazz, Mr. Bill Cosby.
The gala fundraising concert supports the growth and establishment of the 17-member stellar ensemble's formation in Philadelphia celebrating Philly's Jazz musical legacies and more. "I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to present Philadelphia Jazz in its rich tradition at its finest," says Stafford.
Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia's unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP aims to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a nationally and internationally recognized destination for jazz performance. JOP is dedicated to honoring, presenting and continuing Philadelphia's unparalleled jazz legacy through performance and education.
In addition to embodying Philadelphia's vital jazz legacy with energetic jazz performances, both locally and outside of their home city, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will provide an essential educational component as part of its mission. As director of jazz studies in the Boyer College of Music, Terell Stafford offers a synergy with Temple University that intends to branch out to younger Philadelphia students.