Jazz Appreciation Month runs throughout all of April and with it a number of free and ticketed events put on by dozens of organizations around the city.
The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy introduced “Philly Celebrates Jazz” this month with a free neighborhood series that includes jazz performances, exhibits, film screenings, and dance lessons.
The program is meant to honor past recipients of the Benny Golson and Philly Celebrates Jazz awards and encourage jazz enthusiasts to explore the extensive music scene here in the city.
At City Hall, visitors can stop the Art Gallery at City Hall or wander floors 1, 2, 4, and 5 to view jazz-related exhibits. The Art Gallery found in room 116 features a jazz listening lounge with stations set up around the space to give listeners a taste of contemporary jazz musicians who have made a name for themselves in Philadelphia.
The other floors of City Hall feature exhibits like ‘Reflections,’ which showcases five visual artists who draw their inspiration from the genre. The exhibit includes a variety of styles including photography, painting, and multimedia work all inspired by the jazz greats of Philadelphia like Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Check out the full schedule to see over 200 jazz events being held in every neighborhood of the city. Many events are free or offer discounts for students.
Jazz Appreciation Month runs through the end of April as do the Philly Celebrates Jazz exhibits at City Hall; the gallery is open weekdays 10am-5pm.