POPS in Schools @ HOME is celebrating Black History Month with some of our favorite artists! Check back each week to see LEARN, HEAR, and NOTES content about some of music's most influential Black and African American artists, as well as content from Black and African American Philly POPS musicians and collaborators.


Daniel Wright Teaches the 4 Fundamentals of Brass Playing

Philly POPS BIG Band trumpet player Daniel Wright talks about the four fundamentals of brass playing, and how to keep your playing in tip-top shape.

Josh Lee on Transcribing Jazz Solos

Saxophonist Josh Lee takes us through the process of transcribing a solo. Focusing in on the great Louis Armstrong and Earl Hine's 1928 recording of "Weather Bird", Josh lays out a step by step on how to transcribe effectively.

Josh Lee on Transcribing Jazz Solos — Part 2

Saxophonist Josh Lee talks about one of Charlie Parker's most well-known solos — from the song "Cherokee!" Learn how Josh works to prepare, memorize, and play this solo, then use those tips for your own transcriptions!

Daniel Wright Teaches Concepts of Improvisation

POPS Teaching Artist Dan Wright discusses concepts to help students improve their solos and improvisation with guide tones, specialized scales, and more! This lesson is grades 9-12.


Say A Little Prayer — Aretha Franklin

The Dan McCain trio gave us a performance of one of the Queen of Soul's greatest hits!

Dan McCain - They Say I'm Not In Love

The Dan McCain Trio performs an original composition, They Say I'm Not in Love.

Golden by Jill Scott — The Dan McCain Trio

The Dan McCain trio, with Dan McCain, Lonell Johnson, and John Polanco covers one of Jill Scott's biggest hits — "Golden!"


Terell Stafford on Shirley Scott

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford reminisces about his time performing and recording with jazz legend Shirley Scott, and performs her composition "Blues Everywhere."

Carmen Bradford on Ella Fitzgerald

Guest artist Carmen Bradford talks about her inspiration—the one and only "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald! Watch until the end for an amazing surprise!

Leo Manzari on Maurice Hines

Tap dancer Leo Manzari discusses his mentor Maurice Hines, a dancer, singer, actor, and director known for his theatricality.

Allison Blackwell on Audra McDonald

Broadway star, POPS guest artist, and Philadelphia native Allison Blackwell talks about her inspiration — the great Audra McDonald! Hear about when Allison first saw Audra sing, and how that influenced the rest of Allison's career!

Justin Hopkins on Paul Robeson

Frequent POPS guest artist Justin Hopkins discusses bass-baritone Paul Robeson, a Philadelphia-native known for his powerful voice and 1928 recording of "Ol' Man River."