TERELL STAFFORD has been appointed artistic director for jazz at the Philly POPS. Based in Philadelphia, the Philly POPS is a standalone pops orchestra currently in its 40th season. In his new role, Stafford will expand the Philly POPS’ POPS in Schools program to bring jazz musicians to schools throughout Philadelphia and will create programs to bring student performers into the concert hall. Stafford will continue to direct the All City Jazz Orchestra, a five-year-old partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and the POPS. The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, which Stafford also directs, will be presented by the Philly POPS as the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. As a trumpet player, Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums. His album BrotherLee Love, Celebrating Lee Morgan received a 47th annual NAACP Image Award Nomination. His most recent album, Family Feeling, was released in 2018. Stafford won a Grammy Award as a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in 2009 and has been nominated for seven additional Grammys. Stafford is the director of Jazz Studies and chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, and founder and leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet.
Posted April 1, 2019