The last weekend of PIFA is here. Can you believe it went by so quickly? But you know there’s going to be a great line up. You will be able to enjoy the innovation and collaboration of PIFA artists the entire weekend, especially in AAMP’s Paris ’til Sunday event from April 29 – May 1. As part of its 35th Anniversary, AAMP returns to its roots, composing a weekend of legendary and emerging jazz artists tied into this year’s PIFA theme.
Whether you’re a long-time jazz lover or new to the art, early Parisian jazz – reminiscent of New Orleans traditions – will serenade you with outdoor performances, headline acts, strolling musicians, and performances with select artist arrangements of Sidney Bechet’s work. Sidney Bechet, born in New Orleans, is best known as the father of the jazz soprano saxophone, but was also a prolific composer.
For the first time in over 10 years, the very popular Jazz ‘til Sunrise(J2S) comes back to AAMP. Starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, continuous jazz will fill the air from two stages until 5 a.m. on Sunday. Performers will include local icon Bootsie Barnes and his Philly All Stars band, the acclaimed guitarist Monnette Sudler, incomparable pianist Dennis Fortune in a newly formed group Manifest 3 – with Mike Cruse on Bass, Gerald Smith on guitar and Butch Reid on drums, and the always entertaining local favorite, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
Other featured Philadelphia known artists include:
- the legendary Heath Brothers band, with Jimmy Heath on saxophone and Albert “ Tootie” Heath on drums.
- Bassist Gerald Veasley brings his band, performing in a rare musical coupling with violinist John Blake.
- One of the young lions of hard bop, pianist Orrin Evans.
Gerald Veasley, on the faculty of the University of the Arts, also serves as an honorary co-chair for the weekend and will provide a master workshop for interested students and jazz lovers at the Museum on Friday afternoon, April 29.
Intrigued? Get your tickets here.
Don’t forget: You can still win prizes in honor of the last weekend of the PIFA. Simply check in on 4sq and become the mayor of the PIFA Eiffel Tower by noon on Saturday, April 30. And it should be easy – since there are dozens of free events happening in the Plaza this week. Come out and check-in!
Stay tuned for more live coverage and impressions of the last week of the
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1, supported by PIFA.