Thinking of planning or hosting an event? The Clef Club is available!
Plan your party, meeting or dinner for 25 to 250 guests right on the Avenue of the Arts. Make your special event an occasion to remember. The venue has performance, rehearsal, conference rooms, banquet space, bar and a commercial kitchen.
The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts is a must visit venue that offers America’s original art form, jazz, on a regular basis. Founded in 1966 by James Adams and members of an African American musicians union Local #274, membership has included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Shirley Scott, “Philly” Joe Jones, Tootie Heath, Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington, Jr., and Nina Simone among others.
The Music Education Programs began in 1985 as the Clef Club members began to recognize a decline in new and available Philadelphia jazz talent. Member-driven outreach initially included local musicians who volunteered their time and energy to teach jazz to local youth who were interested. By 1988 the Clef Club received a seed grant that helped to formally establish the initial Jazz Education efforts.
Its present facility, a new four-story building on the Avenue of the Arts, opened in 1995. The center is located at Broad and Fitzwater Streets and houses a cabaret and performance space, archives, classrooms and rehearsal rooms. The William Penn Foundation was the first investor that enabled the Clef Club to evolve into a prominent music venue, by providing operating and capital support.
The Clef Club is part of Berklee School of Music’s Berklee City Music Network, utilizing a proprietary curriculum called the Berklee PULSE music method that is centered around present day music styles, the instruments that youth tend to select, and the
incorporation of essential theoretic, listening, improvisational and performance skills.
It is through the education program and our performance ensemble and presenting program that we preserve the legacy and ensure the future of this great American music.
Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.03 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 1.05 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.91 miles