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Philadelphia's Hometown Jazz Orchestra Performs "A Night in Havana" Featuring the Iconic Music of Dizzy Gillespie, June 10, 2017

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Special Guests To Include Jon Faddis and Elio Villafranca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2017) –– Philadelphia favorite, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), returns to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for their second program of the 2016–17 season titled A Night in Havana. The performance, taking place in the Perelman Theater on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m., will feature the music of jazz legends, including Dizzy Gillespie in his centennial birth year. Special guests will include trumpeter Jon Faddis and pianist Elio Villafranca. This performance is part of the Kimmel Center Jazz Series, a season-long celebration of Philadelphia’s legendary jazz heritage.

“It is a great privilege to have such an incredible jazz orchestra in our city, particularly given Philadelphia’s deep roots in the genre,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “We cannot wait to hear Terell and the fabulous Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia pay tribute to jazz greats in this special performance.”

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization affiliated with CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. JOP is dedicated to presenting the highest quality of jazz to the greatest number of people, designed to preserve, represent, and continue Philadelphia’s rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP has quickly become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the City of Brotherly Love as both a nationally and internationally-recognized destination for jazz.

Under leadership of artistic director Terell Stafford, JOP aims to not only embody Philadelphia’s jazz legacy with dynamic performances, but to provide an essential educational component as part of their mission. As Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at the Boyer College of Music, and his position as a world-renowned musician, Stafford’s synergy with Temple University branches out to young Philadelphia students.

Other upcoming performances coming to the Kimmel Center include: All-City Jazz Festival (June 9, 2017, Perelman Theater), Diana Krall (June 23, 2017, Academy of Music), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (June 24–July 9, 2017, Perelman Theater), andWicked (July 26–August 27, 2017, Academy of Music).


A Night in Havana

Perelman Theater

June 10, 2017 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are on sale now, and start at $55.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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