Center City Jazz Festival April 28 Update

From: Darlene Broadway B.
Sent on: Monday, March 5, 2012 7:46 PM

Tickets will go on sale to the public soon.  Link to recent article in the City Paper.

Ernest Stuart
Ambitious trombonist plots a downtown jazz coup.

Inspired by New York's Winter Jazzfest, Stuart envisions the first Center City Jazz Festival ( as an intense, single-day marathon on Sat., April 28, with 16 bands playing multiple venues (Chris' Jazz Café, Time, MilkBoy) over eight hours, with intentions of growing in subsequent years. The artists will largely be locals or New Yorkers who share Stuart's outlook, including saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and Stacy Dillard, and pianist George Burton.

So the festival will happen, but Stuart still has plenty of work to do. Despite his grass-roots success, he has yet to generate much interest from the corporate or sponsorship world outside of a media partnership with Philadelphia magazine. "Most of the people I'm asking for money don't know who I am," Stuart admits. "But if you want to see something done, you can sit around and talk about how bad you want to see it done, or you can just do it. I just did it."

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