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Phila Jazz Project's First Friday Rent Party Series Fri., Aug 5th, Featuring Vocalist Lili Anel
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/03/16 6:14 pm | updated: 08/03/16 6:14 pm
Philadelphia Jazz Project's First Friday Rent Party Series Continues!
Friday, August 5th 2016, Featuring Vocalist Lili Anel. Celebrating the State of Florida Menu: Blackened catfish fingers and corn fritters with hot sauce aioli

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, wherever these transplanted Southerners traveled. PJP’s rent parties will showcase great music by artists like Lili Añell, 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 Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Restaurant.

Lili Añel pronounced Ahn-Yell) considers music a calling. This six-foot tall, Cuban-American singer-songwriter grew up in New York City, where she discovered her passion for music. Defying categorization she calls her music a hybrid of "jazz/folk/soul/pop" combined with a powerfully unique vocal style bringing her to the forefront. Lili many influences include, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Janis Ian and Joan Armatrading.

Lili relocated to Philadelphia in 2004 and has performed at regional venues such as World Café Live, Tin Angel and The Point, The Grand Opera House, as well as Perkins Center for the Arts. Her six CDs have received airplay at some of the nation’s top Triple A radio stations, including WFUV (New York), WXPN(Phila), WUMB (Boston), WXRT (Chicago) and WRTI(Phila).

JazzTimes recently praised Añel's songs for being "consistently excellent." The New York Daily News, after witnessing a performance, proclaimed "a star is born." The New York Post called her, "outstanding" for singing “earthy and sweet.” The Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed her a “vocal power house, whose earthy, jazz-laced tuned stretch the boundaries of traditional singer-songwriter turf.” Lili Añel continues to appear as a headliner, and also opens for national acts such asAlejandro Escovedo, Boz Scaggs, John Hammond, Jr., Richie Havens, Vance Gilbert, Robert Cray and B.B. King. Lili Añel is also part of Cassandra Wilson's Ojah Media Group, an independent, privately owned music and concert production company.

READ PJP’s Interview with Lili Añel about the Great Migration Here!

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. August's Rent Party menu will feature Blackened catfish fingers and corn fritters with hot sauce aioli.

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, August 5th 2016 - Celebrating FLORIDA
Musical guest: Vocalist Lili Añel
Featured Foods: Blackened catfish fingers and corn fritters with hot sauce aioli
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Arch Street Meeting House - 320 Arch Street, Phila., PA 19106
Free parking Available on premises – first come, first serve
Tickets - $25 **Includes admission, food, wine/beer and other beverages!!
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Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) works 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 CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

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