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The Landmark Center City Jazz Festival Rejuvenates Philadelphia’s Jazz Scene
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New day-long jazz fest features 17 bands at four venues in the heart of the city

The first-ever Center City Jazz Festival brings the Philly jazz sound to Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Fergie’s Pub, MilkBoy Philadelphia, and Time Restaurant for a full day of performances on April 28. Across five blocks over ten hours, more than 50 musicians will perform for jazz fans and new audiences alike, renewing Philadelphia’s reputation as a destination for great jazz music. Launched by visionary trombonist Ernest Stuart and fueled by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Center City Jazz Festival fills the void left by the recently disbanded West Oak Lane Jazz Festival and the closing of Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus.

Stuart- a collaborator with The Roots, Orrin Evans, and Jaguar Wright, among others -- is taking a DIY approach to the inaugural festival. He says, “We’re the fifth largest city in the United States and we have only one jazz club left. This Festival will be a megaphone for what Philly jazz can be: an energetic, personal, and youthful sound.” As a testament of his commitment to jazz in the city, Stuart will donate up to 200 tickets to local high school musicians.

The festival taps into both the city’s rich jazz legacy and its next generation of music greats with a line-up that includes icons like bassist Mike Boone and vocalist Denise King, as well as new blood like George Burton, Venissa Santi, and Jaleel Shaw. Musical styles range from hard-bop to groove, sultry songstresses to Latin jazz. At 8pm, the headlining act, trumpeter Sean Jones (former lead trumpeter of Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), takes the stage at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, closing out this historic day with his warm and passionate sound.

The full list of performers includes: Alex Claffy, Dahi Divine, Denise King, Ernest Stuart, George Burton, The Jaleel Shaw Trio, Jessi Teich, Joe Truglio, Korey Riker, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Maxfield Gast, Mike Boone, Sean Jones, The Sermon!, Three Blind Mice, Venissa Santi, and Wade Dean. The schedule will be announced in April.


Event at a Glance

Center City Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 28

1pm-8pm: Performances throughout the day

8pm: Headline show

Venues: Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Fergie’s Pub, MilkBoy Philadelphia, and Time Restaurant

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General Admission, All-Access Ticket: $25

Tickets available at

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at General admission performances start at 1pm and go until 8pm. A general admission ticket is $25 and acts as an all-access pass to events between 1pm and 8pm. The headlining act performs at 8pm. General admission tickets grant first-come, first-served access to the headlining show.

Venue and Box Office Information
All Center City Jazz Festival venues are located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, within easy walking distance of each other.
Fergie’s Pub: 1214 Sansom Street
Time Restaurant: 1315 Sansom Street
MilkBoy Philadelphia: 1100 Chestnut Street  
Chris’ Jazz Cafe:1421 Sansom Street




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