The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

736 S Broad and Fitzwater Streets
Philadelphia PA  19146

Phone: (215) 893-9912

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts is ranked highly as a must visit venue that offers America’s original art form jazz on a regular basis. Founded in 1966 by James Adams and members of an African American musicians union Local #274, membership included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sara Vaughn, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Shirley Scott, “Philly” Joe Jones, Tootie Heath, Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington, Jr., and Nina Simone among others were in attendance.

The Music Education Programs began in 1985 as the Clef Club members began to recognize a decline in new and available Philadelphia jazz talent. Member-driven outreach initially included local musicians who volunteered their time and energy to teach jazz to local youth who were interested. By 1988 the Clef Club received a seed grant that helped to establish the initial Jazz Education efforts.

It moved to its present facility, a new four-story building on the Avenue of the Arts, in 1995. The Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts located at Broad and Fitzwater Streets, was the first new building in the city’s ambitious Avenue of the Arts development project. The new three-story building, houses a cabaret and performance space, archives, classrooms and rehearsal rooms. The William Penn Foundation was the first investor that made it possible for the Clef Club to be located on South Broad Street by providing operating and capital support.

Over the years, the Clef Club was a Lila Wallace Readers Digest National Jazz Network Site and presented a spring and fall season of jazz performances, workshops and residencies. The Clef Club hosted several distinguished Artists-in-Residence during its history including Bassist Larry Ridley, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation “Living Legacy Awardee,” saxophonist Oliver Lake, saxophonist Makonde McIntyre and jazz hip-hop workshops, all through The Coltrane Project.

Today, musicians such as Christian McBride, Joey Defrancisco, James Carter, George Burton, Sherry Wilson Butler, Monnette Sudler, Molyka Sanofa, Billy Paul, Bernard Purdie, Lou Cioci & Buddy Cifone, Larry McKenna, Brian Pasto, Ellen Gahnt, Tony Vicola, Michael Andrews and Roots of Music present concerts at the Clef Club.

Today, the Clef Club is part of Berklee School of Music’s Berklee City Music Network, utilizing a proprietary curriculum called the Berklee PULSE music method that is centered around present day music styles, the instruments that youth tend to select, and the incorporation of essential theoretic, listening, improvisational and performance skills.

It is through the education program and our performance ensemble and presenting program that we preserve the legacy and insure the future of this great American music.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts mission is to celebrate and preserve the legacy of jazz through education and to support the evolving form through public programs.

For more information, call 215-893-9912 (www.clefclubofjazz.org)




A premier concert venue and educational facility

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts mission is to celebrate and preserve the legacy of jazz through education and to support the evolving form through public programs.

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Parking: Street, Parking Lot

Categories: Concert Venue, Music Lessons & Instruction

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Mon: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm



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Past Events

Philly Celebrates Jazz | Improvisionaries

Philly Celebrates Jazz | Improvisionaries
02:00 pm - 04/29/2018

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

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Jook Joint Saturday Night: A Philly Rhythm Review

Jook Joint Saturday Night: A Philly Rhythm Review
07:00 pm - 03/31/2018

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Juke Joint After Party for BHACS FREE for 18 and up The Ultimate Party Groove celebrating The Black History Showcase Soul and R&B Jam with classic sounds from...

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
07:30 pm - 03/17/2018

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Please join us on March 17th for an incredible performance featuring pianist Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra! // Una sola noche: The Philadelphia...

The Main Event: Jazz Awards Gala, Presentation, Performances

The Main Event: Jazz Awards Gala, Presentation, Performances
07:00 pm - 11/11/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

7:00–10:00 PM The Main Event: Jazz Awards Gala, Presentation, Special Performances and Crystal Cafe Hors d’Oeurves and Lite Fare $45.00 and $35.00 for members 215-893-9912...

2017 Clef Club Jazz Awards-VIP Blue Carpet Awards

2017 Clef Club Jazz Awards-VIP Blue Carpet Awards
06:00 pm - 11/10/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Recognizing the artists and supporters who contribute to the Legacy, Advancement, and Education of Jazz and the Arts in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities. VIP...

Taste of Jazz

Taste of Jazz
06:30 pm - 10/23/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

The Friends of the Avenue of the Arts & Philadelphia’s Clef Club of Jazz present an evening of jazz to get your feet tapping and hands clapping! The fun starts...

Kenny Garrett Quintet

Kenny Garrett Quintet
07:30 pm - 09/16/2017

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Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation....

Worship NIGHT

Worship NIGHT
06:00 pm - 07/02/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Come out for a POWERFUL night of Worship & Prayer in Center City! Sunday July 2nd at 6pm. We will be at Penn Treaty Park from 11-2pm for our Block Family Picnic,...

Fierce! Three Generations of Jazz, Funk & Hip-Hop

Fierce! Three Generations of Jazz, Funk & Hip-Hop
08:00 pm - 06/24/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Fierce! Three Generations of Jazz, Funk & Hip-Hop Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia,...

WURD Speaks - Rhythms of Resistance: Protest Music Past and Present

WURD Speaks - Rhythms of Resistance: Protest Music Past and Present
05:30 pm - 06/22/2017

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Join WURD Radio for a special WURD Speaks Black Music Month celebration where we will examine the music of our struggle -- yesterday and today -- artists who carried...

Jackson Speakeasy: Friends of Jackson's 2017 Spring Fundraiser

Jackson Speakeasy: Friends of Jackson's 2017 Spring Fundraiser
07:00 pm - 05/05/2017

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Join us for a ROARING good time at the Jackson Speakeasy; Friends of Jackson's 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser. This fun-filled evening will feature a cocktail party,...

Film Series: Jazz Giants of the 20th Century

Film Series: Jazz Giants of the 20th Century
06:00 pm - 05/03/2017

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Film Series: Jazz Giants of the 20th Century May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free As the name suggests, the film portrays these great jazz musicians in 17 rare, vintage...

Film Series: Arrows into Infinity

Film Series: Arrows into Infinity
06:00 pm - 04/26/2017

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Film Series: Arrows into Infinity April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free The documentary, Arrows into Infinity looks closely into the life of Charles Lloyd, American...

Film Series: Thunder Soul

Film Series: Thunder Soul
12:00 pm - 04/20/2017

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Film Series: Thunder Soul April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm $7.00 Directed by Mark Landesman, Thunder Soul tells the inspired true story of Kashmere (Texas) High School’s...

Film Series: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Film Series: The Case of the Three Sided Dream
06:00 pm - 04/19/2017

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Film Series: The Case of the Three Sided Dream April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Free Adam Kahan expertly portrays the life of superb musician, Rahsaan Roland Kirk in...

For Women Vocal Boot Camp

For Women Vocal Boot Camp
06:00 pm - 03/27/2017

At The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Established and moderated by veteran master vocalist, Sherry Wilson Butler, this workshop is designed for your vocal advancement! This is the launch of the third...

Clef Club of Jazz 5th Annual Jazz Awards & 50th Anniversary

Clef Club of Jazz 5th Annual Jazz Awards & 50th Anniversary
06:00 pm - 11/11/2016

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This event will take place on Friday, and Saturday, November 11-12, 2016 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts -736-38 South Broad Street- on Philadelphia’s...

Taste of Jazz

Taste of Jazz
06:30 pm - 09/19/2016

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The Friends of the Avenue of the Arts & Philadelphia’s Clef Club of Jazz are happy to present an evening of jazz and big band music to get your feet tapping and...

Experience Night at Clef Club

Experience Night at Clef Club
06:00 pm - 08/07/2016

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Join us for our August Experience Night! What to expect? Uplifting worship. A practical message. A breakdown of the core values and vision of our church. Children's...

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