Jazz Appreciation Month: Terell Stafford


Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player and Artistic Director for Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.

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.

Join The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia on June 8, 8:00pm where they will perform The Planets: An HD Odyssey a world premiere, reimagined jazz arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets conducted by Stafford. It will be accompanied by spectacular images from NASA in The Planets: An HD Odyssey that will be projected on one large screen in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. 

Elizabeth Sytsma