The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is pleased to announce Jeff Duperon as the 2018 recipient of the Philly Celebrates Jazz Award as part of Philly Celebrates Jazz.
The Philly Celebrates Jazz Award is presented each year during Jazz Appreciation Month to a local Philadelphian for their advocacy and contribution to the jazz genre and community. The award will be presented to Jeff Duperon by Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ibrahim Theater, International House Philadelphia during the grand finale of the Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, presented by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, the 2018 Benny Golson Awardee.
“Jeff Duperon is known as a treasured influencer and champion of the Philadelphia jazz community. He has dedicated his career of over 15 years to jazz through his work with public radio and community programs,” said Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer. “Duperon’s knowledge and support of the local jazz community is invaluable and more than deserving of this recognition.”
Jeff Duperon promotes the history of jazz and current jazz artists through WRTI 90.1 radio and educates the next generation through his jazz studies program for children. He also serves as the Board President of Jazz Bridge, an organization that continues to serve jazz musicians in times of need while raising awareness of the local jazz sound. This year’s Philly Celebrates Jazz has bookend awards, with the presentation of the Benny Golson Award to Jamaaladeen Tacuma during the kickoff on March 29 and the additional presentation of the Philly Celebrates Jazz Award on Sunday, April 29. Acclaim will be given to both awardees when Duperon is honored at 2:00 p.m. to kick off the grand finale of the fourth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, curated by Tacuma..Event is from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and admission is $25.
More information: Creative Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Award to Jeff Duperon