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.
Through a series of performances and workshops, a dialogue is created between musician and listener, providing an opportunity for their multiple voices to be part of the journey.
Structured in four phases, the Jazz Residency program includes: the Residency Kick-Off, the public workshop, the work-in-progress, and the world premiere.
- The Residency Kick-Off features music of the artist’s catalog to date, giving the audience a chance to hear the artist’s sound.
- 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 Kimmel Center’s Jazz Residency program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Presser Foundation.