Philly’s October Revolution Previewed


After September’s O17 and Fringe festivals, Philadelphia’s serious music lovers have a new one in quick succession: The October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Thursday through Sunday.

The music promises to be radical, but the setting also has artistic and philosophical significance: Cutting-edge jazz in the more formal, sit-down concert setting of the FringeArts headquarters, as well as in nearby venues such as Christ Church.

“Maybe jazz doesn’t belong in clubs anymore,” said Mark Christman, founder of Ars Nova Workshop. “We’re trying to present work that commands a listening environment where jazz masters make challenging statements … We’re looking to elevate the music.”