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Jazz Residency Program

The 2017/18 Jazz Residency Application is now available!  Apply now to be our next Jazz Resident.


Application opens May 11, 2017

Application Deadline:  August 11, 2017


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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.

The 2017/18 Jazz Residency Artists will be selected this fall. Check back later for more information. 

 The Kimmel Center’s Jazz Residency program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Presser Foundation.

Previous Jazz Residency Artists

Project Concept: A crossover album that blends jazz sensibilities with a modern approach.

Project Concept: A song cycle that takes its inspiration from the lives of flowers. Joanna Pascale partners with Etienne Charles to create a song cycle focused on floriorography – “the art of communicating sentiment and emotion through flowers.”

Project Concept: A composition aimed at children that introduces them to the various instruments and rhythms used in jazz. 

Korey Riker

Korey Riker (Saxophone) 

Project Concept:  A collection of Jazz songs inspired by music from the Drum & Bass genre of EDM.


Butler and Byrd

Kendrah Butler (Piano) & Shamika Byrd (Vocals) 
Project Concept:  The presence of Jazz and Faith of the African American experience.

Francois Zayas

Francois Zayas

Project Concept:  Connect and combine several different music traditions, such as R&B, Classical, and Balkan music with Jazz, into a series of thematically related songs.

Venissa Santi and Monnette Sudler-Honesty

Venissa Santi and Monnette Sudler-Honesty 
Project Concept:  Write a jazz musical inspired by the community of Philadelphia.

Pablo Batista

Pablo Batista and the Mambo Syndicate
Project Concept: To fuse 3 genres of music: the ancient Bata rhythms of the Yoruba, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and jazz. 

Bobby Zankel

Bobby Zankel, Raphael Xavier, & Francois Zayas
Project Concept:  Examine and explore the notion that there are common spiritual and aesthetic principles and artistic devices and techniques that are utilized in parallel ways in music, dance, literature, and visual arts.


Josh Lawrence

Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra
Project Concept: Create an extended “three act” work delineating a timeline of past, present and future while exploring the theme of duality in correlation to the first and last year of a person’s life.