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Celebrate Philadelphia’s spirited jazz scene this holiday season with the @PhilaJazzOrch on 12/15 at the @KimmelCenter. Evening includes appearance by Freddy Cole and “Harlem Nutcracker”. More info @ KimmelCenter.org
Lauren Woodard Rachel Goldman
JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA
CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A
PERFORMANCE FEATURING FREDDY COLE
ON THE KIMMEL CENTER CULTURAL CAMPUS, DECEMBER 15, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, October 8, 2018) – The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts welcomes the beloved Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) to its Perelman Theater on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. for A Cole Christmas. This unforgettable program will kick off with a performance of the holiday favorite, Ellington’s and Strayhorn’s Harlem Nutcracker, followed by a celebration of the centennial of Nat King Cole with special guest, Freddy Cole.
“The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia exemplifies Philadelphia’s dynamic jazz legacy through their energetic and innovative performances,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “A favorite on our Cultural Campus, both the Kimmel Center and JOP are committed to the advancement of art education and the development of the jazz form in Philadelphia.”
The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization affiliated with CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people. Their performances are designed to preserve, represent, and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. Aiming to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia works to establish the city as a nationally- and internationally-recognized destination for jazz performance.
Under leadership of artistic director Terell Stafford, JOP aims to not only embody Philadelphia’s jazz legacy with dynamic performances, but to provide an essential educational component as part of its mission. Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. His synergy with Temple branches out to young Philadelphia students.
Freddy Cole began playing and singing in Chicago at a young age, beginning his musical education at the Roosevelt Institute in Chicago, followed by the Julliard School of Music. He received his Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory and then spent several roads on the month as a member of Earl Bostic’s band. After his return to New York, Cole began to lay the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day, developing a vast repertoire of songs, while concurrently beginning to supplement his live performances with television and radio commercial work. Cole began to record several albums for European and English companies during the 1970s that quickly developed him an overseas following. Today, a current resident of Atlanta, he currently leads a quartet on piano and vocals with guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter that regularly tours around the world.
Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Black Violin (October 27, 2018, Merriam Theater), Django Festival Allstars (November 3, 2018, Perelman Theater), Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (December 1, 2018, Academy of Music), and I Touch My Elf – The Skivvies: Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley (December 6-8, 2018, SEI Innovation Studio).
JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA – A COLE CHRISTMAS
December 15, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and start at $30.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
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