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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Free at the Kimmel

Holiday Celebration

Nov 25, 2023
12:00 PM


Holiday fun for families featuring live jazz, an arts and crafts station, and family photo opportunities with Santa Claus AND Jack Skellington!

Tickets to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas are not required to enjoy the Holiday Celebration.

Born and raised in Albany, New York, John Dimase started playing piano at the age of seven and picked up the trumpet just a few years later. Growing up in a family that loved to listen to jazz, John decided to follow his older brother’s footsteps and join his high school jazz band.Quickly learning and loving the ways of the music, he joined programs such as the Empire State Youth Jazz orchestra, NAfME All-state and All-Eastern ensembles, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy, and the Skidmore Jazz Institute. He continued his studies at Temple University under the direction of Terell Stafford, where he made lifelong relationships and honed in his craft of  trumpet and piano, and voice. He has learned from and shared the stage with amazing musicians such as Sachal Vasandani, Rene Marie, Christie Dashiel, Michael Mayo, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Tim Warfield, Jon Faddis, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.Alongside his love for many different musical styles and timelines, John draws inspiration from nature and his family and friends. He aims to let the sounds, scenes and people around him shape his musical intentions, and invites his listeners to do the same.John currently resides in Philadelphia, where he performs throughout the city and teaches music lessons.Lora Sherrodd is a jazz vocalist, composer and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Lora is known for combining the traditional style of vocal jazz with the complexities of instrumental music by paying special attention to rhythms, articulation, and scat syllables. She is also a talented composer and lyricist; writing original music centered around feminist themes and personal experiences.Vocalist, lyricist, improviser, and composer, Lora Sherrodd is a product of talent, hard work, exceptional teachers, and genetics. Based in Philadelphia, Lora brings new excitement to the vocal jazz scene, racking up an impressive list of credentials for her young age, including being the recipient of the Outstanding Soloist Award in the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards 2020 (Undergrad) and 2021 (Graduate). She regularly performs at Philadelphia venues, including Chris’ Jazz Café and South Jazz Kitchen, and was invited to perform at the Ladybug Music Festival, an all-women music festival in Wilmington, Delaware.


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