The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia first imagined the nation’s first LGBT Jazz Festival last year. And over the course of the year, the city, and the city’s jazz community - including the Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop - signed on.
Join WRTI’s Jeff Duperon on Friday, September 19th at 6 pm as he broadcasts live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 music series. This week's show features headliners from the first-ever OutBeat Jazz Festival, organized by the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia. and boasts one of the finest musicians you could ask for: five-time Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch.
Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:57 am
The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.