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Philadelphia’s Jaleel Shaw to Headline Free, Family-Friendly
Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

Event Celebrates 11th Anniversary with the New Wave of Jazz on July 15th

      Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw will headline the 11th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival on Saturday, July 15th from noon to 7pm in Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s Saunders Park Greene, 39th and Powelton Avenue.  Hosted by People’s Emergency Center (PEC), this event has grown from a few hundred attendees to more than 3,000.   This year the FREE Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival offers a family-friendly event showcasing the best of Philadelphia:  a mix of up and coming young artists who are shaping the future of jazz, a diverse gathering of people, a view of the city and a chance to enjoy a neighborhood that is rich in arts and culture.  Rain date is Sunday, July 16.

      Artisans and vendors along with a variety of specialty food trucks will be on site.  Activities such as a moon bounce, face painting, community resources and digital pop-up computer lab will be available for everyone’s enjoyment. Free parking is available one block away at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center’s lot at Powelton Avenue and State Street.

       Also performing on the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival stage are jazz performers Matthew Clayton on sax, the vocalist V.Shayne Fredrick, Josh Lawrence on trumpet, the vocalist Lee Mo, Nazir Ebo on drums, and Phoenix MystiqueThe Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will also be back by popular demand, courtesy of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

       “We are excited to present the 11th Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival by ushering in the New Wave of Jazz.  These under-40 performers will offer the audience very best in fusion, rhythm, and smooth jazz musicianship. The Festival is gaining in renown and popularity, as is Lancaster Avenue.  The corridor’s rich artistic and cultural history is leading to a bright future for businesses and residents,” says PEC President Kathy Desmond.

      Sponsors include Duane Morris, United Healthcare, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Drexel University, Ellen Brotman Law, Citizens Bank, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Ember ITTalent for the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Fest is curated by the Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia.

 A Community Dedicated to Arts and Culture

      The community that organizes and supports the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival is dedicated to increasing the profile of arts and culture institutions in West Philadelphia.  Several community members will be recognized for their efforts by PEC and the Festival Committee on the event stage.  The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia will also grant Lifetime Achievement awards to some musicians.

 Master Class

      Now in its 4th year, the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Masters Class, will again be hosted by the Community Education Center. This provides an opportunity for youth to participate in practice sessions under the direction of a seasoned Master musician. This year we are honored to have Brent White join us as the curator of the classes. He will instruct the students in the original music of PEC’s headliner Jaleel Shaw supervise practice sessions and lead the students in a special performance on the eve before Jazz Fest. Contact Mr. White at to apply.

More about the Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

      The goals of the Festival include: celebrating jazz performers under the age of 40, increasing awareness of the Lancaster Avenue commercial corridor, stimulating the local economy, energizing the community, bringing together partners, and highlighting the community’s rich cultural arts and educational assets.  For more information, go to and

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