PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival will take over Saunders Park in the Powelton Section of West Philadelphia on Saturday.
“I’m from Philadelphia, born and raised there- and I don’t get to perform there too often,” said saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, headliner for the festival.
Shaw fell in love with the sax while at Greene Street Friends at eight-years-old, his mother encouraged it and he never looked back.
“By the time I was 13 years old, I knew this was something I wanted to do professionally,” said Shaw.
Shaw will play tunes from some of his award-winning albums including Perspective, Optimism, and his latest work, The Soundtrack of Things to Come that tells the story of life’s transitions.
“A lot of personal changes- one of the things was losing my father,” Shaw explained.
The free Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival is Saturday, from noon until 7 p.m.