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Ruth Naomi Floyd, Charles Lattimore Howard, and other collaborators pictured Ruth Naomi Floyd, Charles Lattimore Howard, and other collaborators pictured Ruth Naomi Floyd, Charles Lattimore Howard, and other collaborators pictured

Kimmel Center Presents

Ruth Naomi Floyd & Charles Lattimore Howard Residency Work-In-Progress




This performance has been impacted by the city's stay-at-home ordinance. Ticket holders will be emailed about the status of their performance as details are confirmed. Please view our FAQ for further information.


As part of the Kimmel Center’s Jazz Residency program, we welcome you to get a glimpse into the creative process before it’s presented as a world premiere on the Kimmel Center stage. Pick a show, BYOB, and join us in the resident’s journey of developing new works of jazz!



The work-in-progress performance is an opportunity for the jazz residency artist to present an early draft of their new compositions. The artist performs all the new material they’ve written during the residency for the first time before taking questions and direct feedback from the audience. This input is vital for the artist as they finish writing their project. It's a special BYOB event and tickets are free with a reservation!

Jazz has a long history as a catalyst for social change. Ruth Naomi Floyd (Vocalist & Composer) and Charles "Chaz" Lattimore Howard (Poet & Lyricist) continue in that tradition as their jazz residency project holds a mirror to the issue of homelessness in Philadelphia. Through music, lyric, and spoken word, the pair, along with their collaborators, are asking questions, opening a dialogue, and creating a body of work that allows these individuals to truly be seen.

SEI Innovation Studio - BYOB logo*These are designated BYO performances. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center

2 levels below ground floor

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102


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