Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert 2020 | The Philly Pops

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert 2020

04 July 2020
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Cynthia Erivo

The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

Terell Stafford, Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, trumpet

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Take a front row seat in the comfort of your home for this star-studded performance, featuring world-renowned Tony, Emmy, & Grammy award-winning singer and actress Cynthia Erivo, alongside The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, led by Terell Stafford. Stafford serves as Artistic Director of Jazz of the The Philly POPS, as well as Managing and Artistic Director of the The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.

The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will accompany Cynthia Erivo as she performs selections from her Legendary Women’s Voices program. Celebrate the strengths of womanhood as Erivo gives voice to the music made famous by the greatest female singers of all time.

A high-energy set from hitmaker, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, producer, actor and dancer, Jason Derulo will follow. The concert is broadcast live on NBC10 from the historic Met Philadelphia on the Independence Blue Cross Stage.

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Guest Artists

Cynthia Erivo, vocalist


Cynthia Erivo is a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy® Award-winning actress, as well as Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and SAG nominee. Erivo burst onto West End and Broadway stages in The Color Purple, and has since taken the big screen by storm, most recently as Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ heralded biopic about the fearless heroine. Erivo currently stars on the HBO series The Outsider, which is going into its second season of production, and will be starring as the legendary Aretha Franklin in National Geographic's Genius Anthology Series, expected late 2020. 

The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia


The Philly POPS Presents Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia helps preserve, represent, and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. The ensemble embodies Philadelphia’s vital jazz legacy with energetic jazz performances, both locally and outside of its home city.

Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford , Artistic Director for Jazz, trumpet


Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, 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.

Since the mid-1990s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the HamiltonClayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s Grammy-nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a Grammy in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard.

Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. His latest recording This Side of Strayhorn has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius.” Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.

Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993.

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