Philadelphia Jazz Fans Rejoice! The Return of the Center City Jazz Festival

Center City Jazz Festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Center City Jazz Festival (CCJF) will be back for its ninth year after Philadelphia-area jazz fans clamored for its return. Forced to go dark for three years due to the pandemic, CCJF will be back on Saturday, April 22, in an electrifying multi-venue extravaganza that showcases some of today’s most accomplished talent.

CCJF is one of the most anticipated annual events on Philadelphia’s music calendar. Exceptional artists slated to appear include Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Jeannie Brooks; Louis Fouché, saxophonist with The Late Show Band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”; 2019 winner of the “Downbeat” critics poll in the category of “Rising Star bassist” jazz double bassist Dezron Douglas; Professor Brent White, trombonist and Director of the Jazz Orchestra and Jazztet at Drexel University.

Also performing will be an impressive line-up of homegrown talent including saxophonist/vocalist Max Swan and Chris Beck, noted world-renowned drummer.

The festival provides eclectic offerings sure to please all jazz aficionados and anyone who appreciates good music. Coinciding with Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, CCJF presents nearly 20 acts at multiple venues, all within walking distance of one another in the heart of Center City.

Because the festival has sold out in previous years, it is highly recommended that patrons purchase their tickets in advance at An all-access pass is only $20 in advance ($25 day of the event) and allows admission to all events at the one-day event.

“We couldn’t be happier to return to downtown Philadelphia and bring live music to jazz enthusiasts. We wanted to do something extra-special this year to commemorate this occasion,” said the festival’s founder/artistic director, Ernest Stuart. “For the first time, we will have events presented by CCJF starting the Thursday before the festival. We think the fans are going to be very excited with what we have in store. The lineup is still being finalized, so fans should check the festival’s website for details.”

CCJF is sponsored by WRTI 90.1, a public radio station licensed to serve Philadelphia and is a service of Temple University. Producing sponsors for the event include Jazz Philadelphia, PECO and Turtle Studios.

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