Who’s Playing This Year’s Center City Jazz Festival

Ernest Stuart

Ernest Stuart

The fourth annual Center City Jazz Festival is rolling back into town on Saturday, April 25th, and this year’s lineup includes nearly 20 performances throughout downtown Philly.

“This is going to be our most diverse festival lineup ever,” says Center City Jazz Festival Director and trombonist Ernest Stuart (pictured above). “I’m extremely happy to present this mix of artists and music. We have legendary saxophonist Ben Schachter; The Huntertones, a young brass band from Brooklyn; Surface to Air, a jazz trio featuring classical Indian hand percussion; Matt Davis’ celebrated large ensemble Aerial Photograph; Philadelphia’s own Balkan brass band, The West Philadelphia Orchestra; and so much more. A handful of the festival’s bands have never performed in Philly before. Everyone is in for an awesome surprise.”

The full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Fergie’s Pub
1214 Sansom Street
1:00-2:00 Dena Underwood and Andy Kahn
2:30-3:30 Greg Snyder
4:00-5:00 Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph
5:30-6:30 Surface to Air

Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor Street
1:00-2:00 The Sermon
2:30-3:30 Luke O’Reilly
4:00-5:00 Bootsie Barnes

Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom Street
1:15-2:15 Kimmel Center Creative Music Program
2:45-3:45 Luis Bonilla & Four Swinging Bones
4:15-5:15 George Burton Trio
5:45-6:45 Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup

Milkboy Philadelphia
1100 Chestnut Street
1:30-2:30 West Philadelphia Orchestra
3:00-4:00 John Swana
4:30-5:30 The Huntertones
6:00-7:00 Fresh Cut Orchestra

Time Restaurant
1315 Sansom Street
1:45-2:45 Ben Schachter & Re:Trio
3:15-4:15 Dahud El-Bakara Sextet
4:45-5:45 Max Swan
6:15-7:15 Ernest Stuart