By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — April is Jazz Appreciation Month here in Philadelphia.

And the fourth annual “Philly Jam” is the city’s way of showcasing Philadelphia’s contribution to the art of jazz.

“We’re talking about John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Philly Joe Jones,” Mayor Michael Nutter said today at a press conference today at City Hall kicking off the monthlong jam session at various venues around the city.

The city’s rich history in jazz and its dedication to the present and future of the art form makes it the perfect place to bring musical experience to the masses.

“Jazz is America’s most authentic and original musical gift to the arts,” Nutter noted.

The Francois Zayas Trio also performed, and the mayor recognized composer and saxophonist Benny Golson (top photo).

The Philadelphia Jazz Project has organized dozens of events throughout the month of April at various venues around the city, including at the Kimmel Center, the Clef Club, and World Cafe Live, culminating with a concert at City Hall on International Jazz Appreciation Day, April 30th.

A full list of Philadelphia’s “Jazz Appreciation Month” events are listed at



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