All That Philly Jazz

Philadelphia, PA

All That Philly Jazz is a place-based public history project that is telling the story of Philadelphia jazz from bebop to hip-hop. We are breathing life into jazz spots from A to Z, from the Aqua Lounge to Zanzibar Blue.

From Dizzy Gillespie at the Downbeat to The Roots mural on South Street, we are mapping jazz-related cultural assets, including Walk of Fame plaques, historic buildings and murals.

All That Philly Jazz Director Faye Anderson is a citizen preservationist who saved from demolition 2125 Ridge Avenue, the former location of the Checker Café where Pearl Bailey once worked as a singing waitress. As a result of her advocacy, Billie Holiday was finally inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame and the John Coltrane mural that was demolished by a developer was replaced.

All That Philly Jazz director's activism has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation which twice awarded her a diversity scholarship to attend their annual conference.