Philadelphia shares a deep histiory, love, and appreciate for jazz music culture. The genre is seemingly making a comeback in our city with multiple celebrations honoring legendary local talents like John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Sun Ra Arkestra. One of the newest celebrations is the first Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration that offers six days of concerts and other events during the month of September.

Brought to you by the same folks who created the Philadelphia Jazz and Poetry Festival in 2003, the Jazz Festival and Celebration will be a new annual event launching in Center City this month.

From September 13 - 22, you can enjoy any, or all, of these great jazz events:


"Energizing Jazz, Energizing People",
Fri., Sept. 13, 2013,
12 - 2 pm
Peco Energy Building, 23rd & Market Street

Special music performance by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

Jazz in the Park, Collins Park
Tues., Sept. 17
, 12 - 1:30 pm
17th & Chestnut Street

Saxophonist Elliott Levin performs.

Jazz in the Park, Sister Cities Park
Thurs., Sept. 19
, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
18th & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Keepin' the ART in pARTy
Fri., Sept. 20
, 5:45 – 8:15 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th & Ben Franklin Pkwy

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble featuring members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel and more.

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival And Celebration (two days)
Philadelphia Clef Club, Broad and Fitzwater - Tickets

Sat., Sept. 21, 2013, 12:30 – 8:30 pm

Live performances by Clef Club Band, Joanna Gardner, Taeko, Elliott Levin, Poet: Notice, "I Am Jazz" Fashion H2K, Julian Pressly, and Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun., Sept. 22, 2013, 1:00 – 9:15 pm

Live performances by Khan Jamal, Lisa Chavous, Bobby Zankel, Jazz Ambassadors, U.S. Army Band, Lisa Chavous, Bobby Zankel, Poet: Aschak, John Coltrane Tribute, Arpeggio Jazz Ens, and Odean Pope Trio