Philadelphia hosts first Queer Jazz Festival

New jazz festivals have been founded aplenty over the years, but Philadelphia now has a unique one: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival called OutBeat.

The Festival is set to take place from Thursday, September 18th to Sunday, September 21st.

Starting the festival is renowned pianist Fred Hersch who will be interviewed by music critic Nate Chinen. Hersch is set to perform with his Trio as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular „Art After Five“ series. One of the highlights will certainly be music of Billy Strayhorn performed by Philadelphia’s finest musicians, vocalists, and poets celebrating the life of Duke Ellington’s longtime collaborator.

Also on the festival’s roster: Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, Dena DeRose, Andy Bey, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jennifer Leitham and lots more. The Festival ends with a marathon event at the Union Transfer and will certainly put a unique stamp to this first of its kind music event. For more info, visit

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