NOTES | The Philly Pops


From the Masters

The artists who inspire us talk about the iconic artists and moments that made them who they are today. 

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."

Terell Stafford on Jimmy Heath

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford talks about his mentor, Philadelphia saxophonist Jimmy Heath's remarkable talent, spontaneity, and humor.

Artistic Director for Jazz Terell Stafford plays the Jimmy Heath song "CTA" and remembers how the Philadelphia saxophonist taught him about patience as an artist and teacher.

David Charles Abell on Leonard Bernstein

For "students" of all ages!

This semester’s Philly POPS co-op students – all accomplished young musicians attending University of the Arts. Dan McCain, leader and bass, John Polanco, trumpet, and Lonell Johnson, piano, have recorded themselves performing songs that span genres and decade