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Brian Jackson, Pianist Composer and Flutist

Philadelphia Jazz Project and Core Futures 2021: Diverse Pasts

Temple University collaborates with the Philadelphia Jazz Project for a week of educational and cultural programming.

Philly Jazz is going through both a rebirth and a period of loss and struggle that I’ll detail a little longer later in the week. In good and bad and triumphant times for this city’s soulful sound, Homer Jackson’s Philadelphia Jazz Project is there, promoting and quick to make certain that the past, present and future of Philly’s jazz scene is illuminated.

This week, starting March 22, Jazz Philadelphia is participating in the Temple University, Intellectual Heritage Department’s five-day, comprehensive exploration of the intersection of democracy, race, history, culture and scholarship.

Moving far beyond just jazz, Core Futures 2021: Diverse Pasts, Inclusive Futures will highlight a broad and broad-minded series of virtual-online activities including lectures, dialogues, screening and performances.

For those who do want to focus on a jazz-only curriculum, on Wednesday, March 24th at 5 pm, the Philadelphia Jazz Project presents a conversation called Philadelphia Jazz Stories: with a 45-minute video exploring Philadelphia Jazz Project’s book, Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated: Volume One.

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The film will be available for viewing online at the Philadelphia Jazz Project’s YouTube Channel (through PhillyCAM) starting Wednesday, March 24. This historical film introduces interviews with local legends such as Odean Pope, Barbara Montgomery, Victor North, Key of She Jazz, Olivia Hughart and more. And many of the week’s presentation and lectures feature some of the brightest names and faces within this city’s jazz heritage: 

    ▪ Jeannine A. Cook, Owner of Harriet’s Bookshop

    ▪ Rasheedah Phillips, Black Quantum Futurism

    ▪ J. Michael Harrison, of WRTI-FM

    ▪ Alonzo Demetrius, Trumpeter

    ▪ Immanuel Wilkins, Saxophonist

    ▪ Vashti DuBois, of The Colored Girls Museum

    ▪ Michael Clemmons, of The Colored Girls Museum

    ▪ Homer Jackson, Director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project

    ▪ Eric Battle, Illustrator and Art Director

    ▪ Brian Jackson, Pianist Composer and Flutist

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Immanuel Wilkins, Saxophonist

Of the educational, illustrative week, WRTI’s J. Michael Harrison tells me that, “I’m truly excited about WRTI’s growing relationship with Temple University’s Intellectual Heritage Program. We’ve partnered in the past on community-related programs that have involved the Rainey family from the Emmy nominated documentary QUEST and are elated to participate in IH’s Core Futures 2021 programming. A week-long series of events exploring Racism, Xenophobia and Social Injustice through a wider lens that at times includes Philadelphia’s Jazz Community.”

To learn more about daily schedules and registration, check it HERE.

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