Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Monthly FREE Sittin' In Jam Session Series Continues November - December at Kimmel Center!

OCTOBER 22, 2012

Ursula Rucker

Live From the Plaza Stage Sponsored by Coca-Cola

& Janney Montgomery Scott


Opening 30 Minute Set Now Puts Spotlight on Local Student Musicians


Local Artists Invited to Jam On Stage with World Renowned Musicians  


Monthly FREE Sittin’ In Jam Sessions continues throughout the months of November and December on the Kimmel Center’s Plaza Stage, part of the 2012-13 Free at the Kimmel offerings. The next Sittin’ In jam session takes place on Wednesday, November 21 with DJ Phsh opening the jam session, welcoming to the stage celebrated Latin percussionists Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate, a group that has toured with Alicia Keys and recorded with Bono, Jeffrey Osborne, and Diane Reeves, among others.  In December, Sittin’ In moves to Tuesday, December 18 time slot, to accommodate acclaimed poet and spoken word artist, Ursula Rucker, along with the addition of one of New York City’s most illustrious nightclub DJs, DJ Rich Medina.    


Sittin’ In is curated by acclaimed jazz bassist and Director of the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program, Anthony Tidd, who invites renowned house bands to host a night of informal, spontaneous jam sessions on the Commonwealth Plaza stage from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.   New this year, Sittin’ In opens with 30-minute performances by local student artists as part of the new local student showcase.


Philly's hottest musicians revisit the classic jam session on the Plaza Stage with an eclectic mix of cross-genre grooves that meet horns, vinyl, and vocals.  Sittin’ In begins with a performance by local student artists followed by music from Philly’s hottest young DJ, DJ Phsh, spinning to warm up the crowd.  Then, the house band, selected by the host of the night, takes the stage to perform a short set, followed by more music from DJ Phsh before the final set opens up to select local artists, chosen by the host of the night, to jam with the house band.  Each Sittin’ In evolves uniquely depending on the host, but every session gives attendees the opportunity to dance, relax and listen to exceptional music in one of the world’s greatest jazz venues. 


Chef Jose Garces' award-winning delectable bites and drinks are now available on the Kimmel Center's campus through concessions, elevating pre-show and performance experience to new levels. Group Cash bar available at the PECO and Annex bars. 


Below is a list of confirmed artists for upcoming Sittin’ In Jam Sessions. Visit for updated artist information.


Sittin’ In Jam Session

Live from the Plaza Stage:

Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate

Wednesday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Performing a Latin inspired Jazz program, internationally renowned percussionist Pablo Batista is a graduate of Temple University (class of 1985) and has been performing on percussion for over 31 years.  He toured and recorded with the late Grover Washington, Jr., from 1985 until Grover’s passing in 1999 as well as five time Grammy recipient, Alicia Keys.  He also performed with Keys live at the 2002 Grammy Awards.   Additionally, he has been teaching percussion for the Latin American Music Association (AMLA) for over 15 years and has performed and recorded with such artist as: Bono, Jeffrey Osborne, Phyliss Hyman, George Howard, Diane Reeves, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo, Conjunto Libre, Philadelphia Orchestra, Musiq, and Norman Brown.


Sittin’ In Jam Session

Live from the Plaza Stage:

Ursula Rucker plus DJ Rich Medina

Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A Philadelphia native, Ursula Rucker will bring her mystical voice to Sittin’ In, gracing the stage with her renowned poetry and spoken word performance.  Rucker is one of the most provocative and progressive artists working today; she confronts challenging issues such as human rights, race, and sexuality with her strong and yet vulnerable stage presence.  Believing that art and poetry are the catalysts of change, Rucker utilizes the raw emotionality of her voice to captivate her audience while weaving together tough personal and political sentiments, still managing to leave the room with an auspicious sense of hope.  Rucker has collaborated with artists such as King Britt, 4hero, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Josh Wink, Alex Perez, and of course, The Roots.  Joining Rucker will be one of New York’s most influential DJs, DJ Rich Medina, an artist famous for his multi-ethnic sound and popularity in nightclub venues.  DJ Rich Medina has performed with renowned artists such as Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, The Roots, Gil Scott-Heron, and Erykah Badu, to name a few. 



Sittin’ In Jam Session

Live from the Plaza Stage:

DJ Phsh as Resident DJ

Wednesday, November 21, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

DJ Phsh is one of Philadelphia’s foremost disc-jockeys and Central High School alum. His fresh style and impressively eclectic set has spawned a huge following in the region. DJ Phsh plays regular gigs at the hippest venues and events making his Superdope party circuit a cornerstone of the Philadelphia creative scene.




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