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Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival Filled Saunders Park Greene with Neighbors, Jazz Fans, and Music!
The 2022 Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival drew 3,000 attendees to Saunders Park Greene (39th & Powelton) on Saturday, July 16 from Noon to 7pm, the second-largest crowd in 16 seasons of performances. The Festival, presented by Wells Fargo, celebrated West Philadelphia and jazz musicians.
The all-day event was free and open to the public, organized by People’s Emergency Center (PEC), The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and a committee of community members, with technical assistance from Nu Millennium Media Productions.
Sponsors included TD Bank, Comcast NBCUniversal, Trizen, Citizens, Brown & Brown, Penn Medicine Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn Live Arts, and Penn Museum.
“Every year brings a new and exciting line-up to the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival,” said Bernadine Hawes, PEC Community Development Corporation Board Chair, “it’s guaranteed to be an enjoyable day out for anyone in or near Philadelphia every year.”
The headliner this year was the Orrin Evans Quartet, who performed on the TD Bank Main Stage. The Quartet was led by none other than pianist, composer, and independent recording artist Orrin Evans, who graced the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival stage for the first time.
Other performers included Alan Nelson, Glenn Bryan and Friends, Kendrah Butler Waters, Dylan Band, MJS Trio from West Philadelphia Hight School, Hailey Brinnel, and the Nazir Ebo Youth Ensemble. Additional sponsors include Citizens, Comcast Universal, Penn Live Arts, Penn Museum, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
“PEC is excited to offer the festival live and in person again,” said Kathy Desmond, PEC president, “we are grateful to our planning committee, partners, and sponsors for all their support.”
The Festival offered a family-friendly environment. The planning committee also invited five food trucks to offer delectable treats and refreshing beverages to beat the heat of the day, 14 community resources, and 18 vendors with specialty items to offer.
Photos from the Festival can be found at www.lancasteravephilly.com/jazzfest Vote for the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival for Best of Philly’s Annual Festival at bit.ly/BestPhillyFest. Updates about next year’s Festival will be posted to @LancAveJazzFest on Facebook
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