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Sittin' In: Live Sessions with host Steve Coleman and The Five Elements

Jul 26, 2017
8:00 PM

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It's a jam session, it's a dance party, it's a live show — and it always features the hottest talent on the scene!! Sittin' In is the free, monthly jam session at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Blending edgy horns, choice vinyl, cutting edge MC's and soaring vocalists, each session is unique, led by a stellar lineup of guest hosts and their band of choice.

Steve Coleman

To call Steve Coleman ”influential” is an understatement. Vijay Iyer, one of the many groundbreaking composer-performers who began their careers apprenticing with Steve, says, “To me, Steve’s as important as Coltrane. He has contributed an equal amount to the history of the music. He deserves to be placed in the pantheon of pioneering artists.” Artists like Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, and others agree.

But the scope of Steve’s influence isn’t limited to his collaborators. He presented acclaimed weekly workshops at The Jazz Gallery in New York City almost every season from 2004-2013, where anyone with a thirst for knowledge could go to absorb the infinitude he has to offer. Steve likes to think of himself “like a [West African] griot”; he hopes to function “like a person that’s documenting something in music, telling a story and passing information down.”


Steve Coleman has received the following awards and commissions:

New Music USA 2015  USA

MacArthur Fellowship 2014  USA

Doris Duke Impact Award 2014  USA

Guggenheim Fellowship 2014  USA

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) 2007  USA

Chicago World Music Festival Commission (Field Museum & Jazz Institute of Chicago) 2000  USA

CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts 2000  USA

Commission from L’Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam) 1999  France

Art’s International Grant for work in Senegal 1997  USA

Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund 1996  USA

National Endowment for the Arts (composer) 1995  USA

The Kimmel Center gratefully acknowledges Coca-Cola for their generous support of Sittin’ In




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