OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival

18 - 21 Sep 2014
Various locations throughout Center City, Philadelphia


Patricia Barber. Photo by Jammi York.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will serve as the finale for the Community Center's annual music series, and will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

OutBeat will feature a vibrant and eclectic mix of world-renowned jazz musicians brought together to educate and entertain audiences with performances, panel discussions, and master classes.

Thursday, September 18

5–6 p.m. OutBeat: In Conversation with Fred Hersch @ William Way LGBT Community Center
6–8 p.m. OutBeat Kickoff Reception @ Mark Segal Ballroom, William Way LGBT Community Center

Friday, September 19

5 p.m. VIP Reception @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
5:45 p.m. Fred Hersch Trio @ Great Stair Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art
8:30 p.m. Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Saturday, September 20

5 p.m. Pre-concert discussion with Bill Stewart and Patricia Barber, moderated by JazzTimes' John Murph @ Painted Bride Art Center
7 p.m. Bill Stewart Quartet @ Painted Bride Art Center
8 p.m. Terri Lyne Carrington's Money Jungle @ Chris' Jazz Cafe

Sunday, September 21

OutBeat at Union Transfer

Mike McGinnis Splang-a-lang Trio +1 performs the music of Drew Paralic, Cole Porter, and Billy Strayhorn
David Coss Quartet
Ben Flint Trio
Dena DeRose Trio
Jennifer Leitham Trio
Andy Bey
Patricia Barber Quartet
Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project
And much more!