Terell Stafford, Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia has brought together an orchestra of amazing Philadelphia musicians.

“I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to present
Philadelphia Jazz  in its rich tradition
at its finest,” says Stafford.

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meet the managing

& artistic director

Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.

Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the Hamilton-Clayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard. Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums of which his latest recording, BrotherLee Love, Celebrating Lee Morgan, received a 47th Annual NAACP Image Award nomination.

Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades.

Terell Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993.

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JOP needs your support

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization working with CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia as our fiscal sponsor. We endeavor to perform and provide educational opportunities to all students. This is made possible by the generous support of our partners and individual donors.

Please help us continue to perform and share Jazz.

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

is generously supported by:

The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

The Morris-Levenson Family Charitable Fund


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JOP provides masterclasses, workshops, clinics, sectionals, side by sides, private lessons, observations of rehearsals, and other educational needs to music enthusiasts and the Philadelphia community.

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
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Greater Philadelphia
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia PA 19107

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