The Philly POPS Celebrates International Jazz Appreciation Month!
The Philly POPS JAMS for the month of April, with a full month of activities supporting the nationwide celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month — including educational content from POPS in Schools @ Home, virtual masterclasses from The Philly POPS and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, and virtual student performances in the All-City Jazz Festival.
"God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday — Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terell Stafford conducting
Billie Holiday would have turned 106 on April 7, 2021. Here's Dee Dee Bridgewater with Terell Stafford conducting The Philly POPS BIG Band on "God Bless the Child" from JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford in 2019.
But Not For Me by George Gershwin — The Dan McCain Trio
The Dan McCain trio performed a Gershwin favorite and jazz standard — "But Not For Me!"
Alone Together — Dan McCain and John Polanco
POPS co-op students Dan McCain and John Polanco performed the standard "Alone Together," for a virtual duo performance!
A Musical Celebration of Germantown The Philly POPS at Vernon Park
The POPS brought the sounds of jazz to Vernon Park for A Musical Celebration of Germantown! We performed hits from artists that made Germantown their home, including The Stylistics, Weather Report, and more!
"Amazing Grace," featuring Terell Stafford
POPS Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford solos on an all-new arrangement of “Amazing Grace” from A Philly POPS Christmas!
"Our Love Is Here To Stay," featuring Carmen Bradford
Guest artist Carmen Bradford—former vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra—performs Ella Fitzgerald’s famous arrangement of “Our Love is Here to Stay” for Uptown Nights with Byron Stripling!
"Blue Monk" featuring Christian McBride and Dan McCain
POPS co-op and All-City Jazz graduate Dan McCain joined his hero Christian McBride onstage for JAZZED! The Philly POPS BIG Band with Terell Stafford on a three-bass arrangement of Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.”
"Birth of the Blues," featuring Ryan Shaw
Guest vocalist Ryan Shaw told us all about the blues in ARETHA: RESPECT with “The Birth of the Blues!”