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The Great Migration, First Friday Rent Party Series w/ Philadelphia Jazz Project Starts May 6th
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/04/16 7:03 pm | updated: 05/04/16 7:03 pm
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great Migration: A historic period when millions of Black Americans moved from the South to the Northeast, Midwest and West. This changed the country culturally, politically and socially. People like Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath, Cat Anderson, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Hamilton, Hank Mobley and many others made this crucial move.

The Philadelphia Jazz Project is partnering with the Arch Street Meeting House, celebrating this milestone with our First Friday Rent Party Series. The Rent Party was an invention of Great Migrationeers who sometimes faced low wages and high rents. Many found themselves having to pull together a plan to pay the rent. The plan was a house party inspired by their Saturday Fish Fry traditions with liquor, food, live music and dancing, all with an admission price. The events happened weekly all over America, where ever these transplanted Southerners traveled.

Our rent parties will showcase great music by artists like V. Shayne Frederick, as well as feature a buffet of foods related to each state from which most Black Philadelphians have roots (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL) curated by

V. Shayne Frederick is a Jazz pianist, vocalist and poet. He has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, SugarHouse Casino, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Clef Club for Performing Arts, and Art Sanctuary.

Chef Valerie Erwin was the creator and executive chef of Philadelphia’s Geechee Girl Rice Café, a tribute to the food of the low country of South Carolina and Georgia, from which Valerie’s grandparents hailed. Valerie has worked in top-notch restaurants, has experience in retail food sales, catering, and commercial food service.

Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) 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.

The Great Migration - First Friday Rent Party Series takes place at Arch Street Meeting House, at 7:30pm every 1st Friday through August 2016.

Next Date: Friday, May 6th 2016 | 7:30PM - Celebrating North Carolina
Musical guest: Jazz pianist, vocalist and poet V. Shayne Frederick
Featured Foods: Pulled Turkey sliders with red and white cabbage slaw
Location: Arch Street Meeting House - 320 Arch Street, Phila., PA 19106
For information visit:, or call 267-259-3802.
Tickets are available at: $25 **Ticket include admission, food, wine/beer and other beverages**!!

Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

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