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All That Philly Jazz is a digital history project at the intersection of technology, art and civic engagement. We are mapping Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage, including historic landmarks and ...

All That Philly Jazz is a digital history project at the intersection of technology, art and civic engagement. We are mapping Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage, including historic landmarks and events, legacy clubs and Walk of Fame plaques. The points of interest will be contextualized with oral histories and data from, among other sources, Echo Nest and Rdio.

For more information, send an email to phillyjazzapp[@]gmail.com] or tweet to @PhillyJazzApp.

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    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Faye Anderson (215) 995-5028 @andersonatlarge andersonatlarge@gmail.com All That Philly Jazz is Mapping Philadelphia’s Jazz Heritage Mobile App Will Help Preserve Philly’s Jazz Legacy and Build New Audiences Philadelphia, PA – August 19, 2013 – Jazz history was made in Philadelphia. It’s the city where such legendary musicians as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Philly Joe Jones, Lee Morgan, Shirley Scott, Joe Venuti, Billie Holiday, Jimmy McGriff, Grover Washington Jr., Jimmy Smith and Ethel Waters made major contributions to jazz. All That Philly Jazz is launching a mobile platform to help preserve Philly’s jazz heritage for future generations and build new audiences. The free app is available on Google Play and iTunes (search term “icihere”). (All That Philly Jazz Screenshot) “Much of Philadelphia’s jazz legacy has disappeared,” said Faye Anderson, project manager for the citizen-led All That Philly Jazz. “Historic places and jazz spots fell victim to race riots, urban renewal and urban removal. As a result, the history largely resides in the memories of those who were there. We are using ici to crowdsource collection of stories, photos and videos.” Anderson added: “All That Philly Jazz is harnessing technology and oral histories to tell the story of Philly’s contribution to this unique American art form. Jazz enthusiasts anywhere in the world can go to http://ph.ly/MyPhillyJazz and share their stories about Philly’s jazz scene back in the day.” “Philadelphia is the most important focus of John Coltrane’s development as a virtuoso musician,” said Lenora Early, founder of the John Coltrane House. “Philadelphia’s rich black jazz milieu in the 1940s nurtured the novice teen reed player just up from the South. The house on North 33rd Street was special to Coltrane. In this house, he wrote ‘Giant Steps,’ a title that foreshadowed his future musical stature. In this space, in 1957,
    • Coltrane experienced a life-altering epiphany when he freed himself from heroin addiction cold turkey.” “Philadelphia’s jazz legacy is like that family secret that everyone knows about you and your family, yet you have no idea about it,” said Homer Jackson, project director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project. “Our city’s musical status in the world is rich and valued. Our story is well-known in places like London, Paris, Osaka, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro while at home we have yet to explore, appreciate and celebrate the greatness that emerged from these very streets. It’s time for us to look into the Philadelphia family album of jazz and understand just how wealthy we truly are and can continue to be.” “Ici is delighted to provide a mobile platform for All That Philly Jazz,” said Joan Smith, co-founder and project director at ici. “Our mobile publishing platform was designed with a user-friendly web interface so organizations can easily create their own content-rich, location-aware mobile guide.” About All That Philly Jazz: All That Philly Jazz is a digital history project that is mapping Philadelphia’s jazz heritage. The project is at the intersection of technology, art and civic engagement. We are crowdsourcing data, video and audio about legendary jazz clubs, historic places and events, and other points of interest. We are helping to preserve Philadelphia’s jazz legacy for future generations and build new audiences. A Code for Philly project, All That Philly Jazz stems from Music Hack, a music-related hackathon. For more information, visit www.phillyjazz.us. About John Coltrane House: The John Coltrane House is a Section 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. We are teachers, preservationists, historians and musicians. Our mission is to preserve and restore John Coltrane’s National Historic Landmark home in Philadelphia and establish it as a public historic house museum and center for Coltrane and jazz studies, and related performance and programming activities. For more information, visit www.johncoltranehouse.org. About Philadelphia Jazz Project: Philadelphia Jazz Project works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community. Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Painted Bride Art Center, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation. For more information, visit www.philajazzproject.org. About ici: Since 2009, ici has provided a mobile presence for a number of cultural organizations and multi-venue events, including Philagrafika, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and, for the fifth year in 2013, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. With built-in proximity awareness and mapping, and dynamic content updates, ici is an ideal mobile platform for any organization that wants to give their audience an on- the-go smartphone or iPad guide. The free app is available on Google Play and the iTunes store (search term “icihere”). For more information, visit www.icihere.com. ###