Jazz Appreciation Month: Homer Jackson

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Homer Jackson is the Founder of Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP). The organization is a special initiative which works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community.

Philadelphia Jazz Project is currently rolling out Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra: a concert series honoring the visionary musician, philosopher, composer and band leader, Sun Ra and featuring eight performances at some of the region's most important venues including; The Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, Johnny Brenda's, The Planetarium of The Franklin Institute and World Cafe Live. Hosted by WRTI radio deejay, J. Michael Harrison.  The Satellites Concert will take place on Wednesday, April 18th, 8pm at the Franklin Institute Planetarium. Learn more and purchase tickets, here

Following their Satellites are Spinning concert, PJP will present Mysterious Travelers 4: Further Investigations - a collaboration between The Free Library of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Jazz Project which presents FREE concerts on Monday nights from September through May. Audiences hear from veteran, as well as up-and-coming musicians who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia. Checkout Mysterious Travelers 4 Further Investigations on Monday, April 30, 7pm at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Learn more, here

Finally, The Philadelphia Jazz Project and Books & Stuff are collaborating during Jazz Appreciation Month to encourage reading. They encourage reading about some of the intriguing and colorful characters of Jazz music. We in Philadelphia should know that our city has been a special site for some amazing talents and peculiar personalities as well, folks like Dizzy Gillespie, Rufus Harley, Lee Morgan, Billie Holiday, Jef Lee Johnson, Grover Washington Jr., Nina Simone, Pearl Bailey, Sun Ra and more. Each Friday in April, they will raffle off Two Adult and Two Children's Jazz-related books. It's FREE and open to the public. Anyone 18 years of age, or older, living in the Delaware Valley can enter. Learn more, here. 

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Elizabeth Sytsma