THE PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS
OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA is the world's best big, BeBop band with a Philadelphia
focus. They make this claim without hesitation or reservations because
they are the world's ONLY big, BeBop band with a Philadelphia focus.
If you haven't heard this band, you don't know what you're missing!!!!!!!
MissionThese 16 cats swinging and 1 chick singing, are dedicated to preserving interest in Jazz musicians and the Jazz music style from the Philadelphia Jazz Scene of the 1940's, '50's, and '60's. That period is considered by many to be the undisputed...
"Golden Age of the Philly Jazz Tradition"
Orchestra ProfileTHE PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA is made up of full-time Jazz musicians, active studio musicians, and retired pros from many fields like music teachers, and armed forces musicians. Many of the band members were active contemporaries of Philadelphia Jazz notables like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, "Dizzy" Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Bud Powell, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, "Philly" Joe Jones, Jimmy Heath, Stanley Turrentine, "Spanky" DeBrest, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Hank Mobley, Nat "King" Cole, Gerry Mulligan, McCoy Tyner, Billie Holiday, "Slam" Stewart, Ray Bryant, Bessie Smith, Stanley Clarke, Charlie Ventura, "Sonny" Fortune, Percy Heath, Ted Curson, Christopher Columbus, Louis Jordan, John Splawn, Harry "Doc" Bagby, Pearl Bailey, Nelson Boyd, Joe Carroll, Charlie Shavers, Jimmy Hamilton, Elliot Lawrence, Joe Wilder, "Buddy" De Franco, Jackie Cain, Roy Kral, Richie Powell, Grover Washington, Jr., Gregory Herbert, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merritt, "Red" Rodney, Bill Barron, Donald "Duck" Bailey, "Slim" Gailliard, Shirley Scott, Clarence "C" Sharp, Reggie Workman, Bill Harris, Calvin "Folks" Massey, Beryl Booker, Ethel Waters, Joe Venuti, Nina Simone, Henry Grimes, "Cat" Anderson, Bobby Durham, Eddie Lang, Al Gray, Kenny Dennis, "Rahsaan" Roland Kirk, Johnny Coles, Buster Williams, Carl and Earl Grubbs, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Cleveland, Cullen Knight, "Shadow" Wilson, John Dennis, Jimmy Woods, Bill Harris, Betty Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Dave Brubeck, Arthur Prysock, Al Cobbs, Bill Dillard, etc., etc., etc. The list goes on and on and on!!!
You might be surprised to find out that some of these musicians have a Philadelphia connection, but rest assured that all were either born, raised, had a secondary residence, or just spent a lot of time developing musically in Philly. Included are the well-known and the lesser-known but they are all Jazz recording artists.
THE LEGENDS' repertoire focuses on big band interpretations of the music composed by Philly Jazz notables, original compositions by members of the band, and arrangements of standards and Jazz tunes written for The Orchestra by contemporary, local, member and non-member musicians.
THE LEGENDS believe wholeheartedly
that their cause is a worthwhile one, and they hope that you will agree
and give your support to help them perpetuate the glory.
Contact InformationTHE PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS OF JAZZ PROJECT presents seminars, classes, and lectures for young Jazz musicians, children, and adults utilizing the knowledge and skills of members of The Orchestra. The subjects are the same Philly Jazz scene and Jazz music, in general. If you desire any of the many services that THE PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA OR PROJECT
can provide, please contact them for the details.