'Sittin' In': Where audiences meet new cutting-edge artists at Kimmel Center

Antionette Lee
December 11, 2018 - 9:23 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Every month the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts host its free live “Sittin' In” show, where music lovers can discover new cutting-edge artists.

In high school Julius Rodriguez attended the Grammys and played drums at the celebration after party. He's played piano alongside iconic jazz musicians and most recently, “I spent two weeks in Australia with the mainstream rapper who goes by A$AP Rocky,” Rodriguez said.

When the 20-year-old isn't finishing his jazz piano studies at Juilliard, he's on tour in New York and throughout the world.

You would never be able to tell from his reserved demeanor.

“I become a totally different person on the stage when I’m dealing with the music,” he said. “I’m not sure I’m too conscious of it. I love music, so that’s probably where I come alive anyway.”

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The musician has been playing professionally since the age of thirteen, and this Wednesday is your opportunity to check him out, while he's still humble.

“I love going to Philly,” he said. “I have family from Philly and the Kimmel center is pretty awesome too.”

The doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and did I mention its free?