America’s Inaugural LGBT Jazz Festival

Patricia Barber Daily

OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival, a 4-day event that will welcome a range of top-shelf talent, is set to transpire in Philadelphia from Thursday, September 18 to Sunday, September 21. Andy Bey, Fred Hersch, Patricia Barber, Bill Stewart and others will perform at various venues throughout the city.

“Philadelphia was founded more than 300 years ago by Englishman William Penn on principles of equality and freedom of expression. Today, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is a welcoming place for people from around the world, and a great destination for gay and lesbian travelers,” says Tami Sortman, Vice President of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus. “While many other cities—New York, Chicago, New Orleans—may consider themselves ‘jazz capitols,’ it’s an incredible coup for the city of Philadelphia to be the home base of this landmark event.”

OutBeat, the first LGBT jazz festival ever produced in the United States, will also include public discussions hosted by Jazz Times and special receptions with the artists. Intimate performances and larger concerts will be held at several venues, including the William Way LGBT Community Center, The Painted Bride Art Center and Chris’ Jazz Café.

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