June 23, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Philadelphia’s robust network of arts & culture organizations will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. Supported by PNC Bank, the shows will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and beyond. Attendance is free for all, but seating in the Greenfield Lawn is limited. Bring-your-own blanket or chair encouraged.
Tonight’s group, the Aaron Graves Quartet presented by the Jazz Bridge Project, is led by pianist Aaron Graves. Raised in Reidsville, North Carolina, Graves learned to play various instruments including piano, bass, organ, and drums, in the church where his father, a great musician with a musical family, was the senior pastor. At sixteen, he moved to Washington, D.C. to attend the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. Since then, he’s toured with various artists, studied with acclaimed musicians and has performed on records with legendary jazz talents. His band for the evening includes Mike Boone on bass and Khary Abdul Shaheed on drums.
Jazz Bridge Project is a non-profit organization that assists Jazz and Blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who face financial, health, housing and similar crises. They are a PNC Arts Alive Grant Winner.
The Arts on Center Stage is generously supported with funds from the Center City District Foundation (CCDF). To learn more about CCDF’s initiatives or to donate, visit supportccdf.org.