Pianadelphia

by Philadelphia Jazz Tribute

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PIANADELPHIA is a celebration of fourteen pianists who live and work in the Philadelphia area. It is also a tribute to the history of Jazz in Philadelphia — the first great American art form, in the first great American city. Each pianist performs a composition by a legendary Philly Jazz artist, with many of the city’s most legendary players showcased alongside its more recent virtuosos.

Recording sessions were held in February, 2006, at Turtle Studios in Old City, and the studio's 1928 Steinway concert grand piano was the only instrument used. Within this setting, each pianist was left alone to reveal the full spectrum of styles and intentions within each composition, as well as the common threads that tie all the composers and players to an extended musical family.

In the popular imagination, “Philadelphia” represents independence, history and freedom, the cradle of American ideals. It‘s no surprise, then, to find a rich Jazz tradition here, as well as a vibrant and pulsating community of Jazz musicians in the present. We are grateful to have had this chance to honor and showcase the gifts of those musicians.

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released December 1, 2006

Recorded and mastered at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia

Produced by Todd Horton
Engineered by Jeff Hiatt, Todd Horton and Jay Levin

Executive Producers: Steve Goodman, Richard Jacoby and Jay Levin
Art Direction by Alec Meltzer
Photography by Jim Wasserman
Piano tuning and maintenance by Michael Furia
Production and technical assistance by Jason Thul

Special thanks to: Sandford Selznick, Thomas Bacon, Mitchell Bach, Pete Humphreys and Emily Culbertson.

This release was made possible through the kind assistance and support of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project.

Recordings and all other materials © 2006 Turtle Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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