The Kimmel Center Jazz Residency program is designed to take artists and audiences on a season-long journey to continue the long tradition of creating new jazz in Philadelphia.
Fostering collaborations between musicians and artists of different disciplines, the program helps musicians reach students, young adults, and newcomers to the jazz form, creating relevant jazz experiences for today. Each of this year’s selected participants have strong ties to Philadelphia and music education.
Structured in three phases, the Jazz Residency includes: the public workshop, the work-in-progress, and the world premiere.
- The public workshop is the audience’s first introduction to the artist’s project, showcasing the very first musical concepts and excerpts.
- The work-in-progress features the project in a more developed state, allowing the audience to witness progress and change.
- The final project is revealed in the world premiere.
2016-17 Season Jazz Residency Artists
Joanna Pascale (vocalist, composer, and lyricist) and Etienne Charles (composer)
Project Concept: A song cycle that takes its inspiration from lives of flowers.
Jawanza Kobie (composer and pianist)
Project Concept: A composition aimed at children that introduce them to the various instruments and rhythms used in jazz. Kobie will partner with 2013 Kimmel Center Theater Resident and Yale professor of theater, Deb Margolin, to create a project for children using a narrator and jazz band.
Max Swan (saxophonist, vocalist, and composer)
A graduate of the University of the Arts, Swan plans to create a crossover album that blends jazz sensibilities with electronic, rock, and pop approaches to music production, featuring saxophone, vocals, and lush arrangements.
Hear Max Swan’s newest singles he wrote during this year’s Jazz Residency!
The Kimmel Center’s Jazz Residency program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Presser Foundation.