Created as a non-profit in 2017, the Philadelphia Jazz Experience Foundation stated, as its primary mission, to focus on the preservation of jazz in Philadelphia.


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Weekly Events

On Tuesday, March 20 2018., The Philadelphia Jazz Experience in conjunction with the Kimmel Center had the pleasure of working with The Rhodes school as we hosted a luncheon for the young people to assist them in gaining knowledge and insight into the history of Jazz. Jazz Education coordinator of the music program at The Kimmel Center, Brent White helped us host the event at SOUTH restaurant and jazz club in Philadelphia, located at 600 N. Broad Street. Students got the chance to observe and listen to Luke O’ Reilly and trio, while also getting the chance to participate in a Q&A, and even had the opportunity to learn a little scatting themselves from one of their teachers and member of Luke O’ Reilley’s band, Miss Lee Mo. Take a look at our images below.

To SYSCO in general and Anthony Ventresca specifically, thank you for your kind efforts and contribution of food towards our event for the Rhodes School Jazz Luncheon held at SOUTH for this event as well as SOUTH for contributing your beautiful venue. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. We look forward to working with you on other projects in the near future.


Every Tuesday @ South Restaurant

600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

Jazz Jam 7pm

About the Philadelphia Jazz Experience

Inspired by the success of local entrepreneurs/restauranteurs Robert and Benjamin Bynum in reviving and enriching Philadelphia's longstanding jazz scene, the Philadelphia Jazz Experience was established in 2017 as a continuation of these efforts and a way to give back to the local jazz community. PJE's mission is to foster awareness, continuation, and creation of world-class jazz right here in Philadelphia. This is achieved through PJE's wide offering of programs, including project grants, community outreach, education, professional development, and local networking events. Philadelphia occupies an important space in both the history and future of jazz, and PJE exists to empower this role among artists and fans alike.

PJE on the Web

The Philadelphia Jazz Experience Foundation has an ever-expanding web site. The site includes sound files and photos of many Philadelphia (and other) jazz figures from the 1930s to the present. Please visit us at http://www.sftradjazz.org.

All Donations are Welcomed

The Philadelphia Jazz Experience is a 501(c)(3) organization and relies on the generous support of the community to help fund its various projects. If you are interested in supporting PJE's efforts and jazz in your community, you are invited to make a one time donation or become a sustaining member. Sustaining members have a wide choice of pledge amount to choose from and will receive exclusive content, such as advance notice of upcoming events, a monthly PJE newsletter filled with jazz news and history, and upgraded experience at some of our many events. All donations are also tax deductible. Please visit our PayPal link below to get started.


One of our favorites - Joe Pass

The Philadelphia Jazz Experience supports the history of jazz and seeks to educate.


Starting in 2018, PJE will be launching an exciting album series. Each PJE concert season features a tribute to the music of an influential jazz composer, culminating in the commission of new arrangements of their compositions, live performances at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen, and the release of a studio quality album. More than just an album, these limited edition CD's will include extensive liners notes, band member interviews and photos. Stay tuned for the first release in this innovative new project.

Our Charities and Affiliations


PJE contributes to programs that serve thousands of adults and youth in communities across the tri-state area with a dynamic and innovative array of educational programs in the concert hall, classroom, and community. We provide rich, innovative, interactive, and informative programming in jazz appreciation, creation, and performance within our diverse communities.

Our mission is to reach, develop, and nurture current and future musicians and audiences

Philadelphia Jazz Festival

An all-star festival comprising the best and brightest artists in jazz today, part of the PJE mission each year is to present a large, city wide festival. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring music’s greatest figures while championing jazz’s up-to-the-minute directions, the PJE Festival is a commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.

Over their existence, the PJE Festival has included such artists as Joey DeFrancesco, Orrin Evans, Christian McBride, Steve Turre, Gerald Veasly, ELEW, Jeff Bradshaw, Jaguar Wright and others.

PJE’s mission each year is to grow the Philadelphia Jazz Festival into a national event

Apr 2, 2017 - Jazz news: Newly Formed Non-Profit Organization The Philadelphia Jazz Experience Proud to Announce First Annual Philadelphia Jazz Festival, April 23-30

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The Philadelphia Jazz Experience Organization is happy to showcase and support all arts that show the great history, community, and love of Jazz! Paintings, Screenplays, Music, or a video of a great street performer, PJE wants the world to know about it. Please reach out to us if there is something we need to know about. Here is just a small sample of the creativity and love shown by people who love Jazz.


I just wanted to reach out and say thank you very much for everything last night. My students were very excited to see their first jazz show and have been talking about it all day. They were so inspired that I spent a significant portion of my day printing sheet music and resources for those students to explore. These are the kinds of experiences that leave a lasting, positive impression on students and I couldn’t have been happier to be part of it, so thank you again!

Colin Sharp

It was a pleasure to speak with the young people. They had great vibes.

Joe Magnarelli