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Jazz Under The Stars Returns to the Mann Gerald Veasley Jazz Curator

Press Release


PHILADELPHIA (July 18, 2023) – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present Jazz Under the Stars this season, with its first-ever Jazz Curator, legendary American jazz bass guitarist and celebrated music educator Gerald Veasley. Now a series, Jazz Under the Stars debuted at the Mann in 2021. Veasley will serve as curator through 2025.

The series highlights contemporary jazz artists, a favorite subgenre among jazz fans and a popular entry-point to the genre for newcomers. It kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 7 with trumpeter Rick Braun, who has more than 20 number-one smooth jazz hits. Grammy Award-nominated Maysa takes the stage on Saturday, Oct. 7. Both performances will feature the Gerald Veasley Band, recipient of the Philadelphia Clef Club Living Legacy Award, and will place the artists and the audience in close proximity to each other beneath the Mann’s top-of-the-hill Crescendo tent. Great performances, accomplished artists, and sweeping skyline views will create the series’ signature experience for patrons.  

“We are always evolving our Mann Presents programming to reflect our region’s dynamic art scene,” said Mann President and CEO Catherine M. Cahill. “Philadelphia has a rich legacy of jazz music, and it is a privilege to partner with a leader in the jazz scene to elevate the genre through education, advocacy and live music. We are so deeply fortunate to have the legendary Gerald Veasley on board to curate Jazz Under the Stars. Gerald’s experience in the music industry as a composer and educator will bring incredible expertise and energy to the series and our audiences.”

Jazz Under the Stars underscores the Mann’s community-driven programming. This season, the Mann announced its first-ever Community Artist-In-Residence with prominent West Philadelphia hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Chill Moody. Moody not only curated the Mann’s Downstage @ the Mann series, but is also a guest and contributor to many of the Mann’s year-round educational programs that serve the Mann’s West Philadelphia and Parkside neighborhoods, in particular. As the Mann’s first Jazz Curator, Veasley will lend his creativity to Jazz Under the Stars, as well as lead several jazz master class sessions for youth in the Philadelphia School District.

“Jazz music has strong roots in Philadelphia, but it’s so important to also focus on the vitality that the genre and jazz community holds today,” said Veasley. “I’m looking forward to showcasing this incredibly talented group of musicians, who I also consider great friends, through my curation of Jazz Under the Stars. I can’t wait to celebrate this music with our jazz community at the Mann and work to foster a love for jazz with new audiences, including the young people in the Mann’s educational programs.”

For more information and to view the rest of the Mann’s 2023 season lineup, visit  

About the Mann

As one of the foremost outdoor music centers in the country, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, a leading non-profit organization, has a historical legacy of artistic excellence as a world-class entertainment destination presenting premier artists, now in association with Live Nation Entertainment. Each summer season, renowned symphony orchestras, iconic rock stars and the latest touring artists in indie rock, hip hop, R&B and pop take the stage here. The Mann is the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra and has presented critically acclaimed performers in every decade since the 1930s. Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Mann hosts more than 200,000 visitors annually. Signature concert experiences are surrounded by Philadelphia’s stunning skyline and include seats beneath the Mann’s acoustically acclaimed TD Pavilion; picnics, blankets and music under the stars on its Great Lawn or at the top of the hill at the Skyline Stage; and dining in Crescendo, the venue’s spectacular tented restaurant. In addition, the Mann’s Education & Community Engagement Program reaches tens of thousands of young people annually through free programming and educational initiatives as well as its virtual Mann Music Room. For more information, visit

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