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Jack McCarthy

Jack McCarthy is a certified archivist and longtime Philadelphia area archival/historical consultant. He is currently directing a project for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania focusing on the archival collections of the Philadelphia region’s many small historical institutions. He recently concluded work as consulting archivist and researcher for the audio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio and as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski centennial celebration. Jack has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and is particularly interested in the history of Philadelphia music. He is also involved in Northeast Philadelphia history. He is Co-founder of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network and serves as Director of the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

Remembering the Downbeat: 1940s Progressive Philly Jazz Club

Remembering the Downbeat: 1940s Progressive Philly Jazz Club

April 7, 2014  |  Vantage

A show at the Society Hill Playhouse and a series of weekly happy hours at the Gershwin Y bring Dizzy Gillespie back into the spotlight. Jack McCarthy profiles Dizzy's years in Philadelphia and the Downbeat club that laid the foundations for his stardom > more

February 8-9, 1964: When the Music Died in Philly

February 8-9, 1964: When the Music Died in Philly

February 7, 2014  |  Vantage

Fifty years ago, Philadelphia was at the heart of the American pop music scene. And then, almost overnight, it wasn't. Local music historian Jack McCarthy brings us the story > more

309 South Broad Street: Endangered House Of Hits

309 South Broad Street: Endangered House Of Hits

November 25, 2013  |  Vantage

Dranoff Properties' plans for a hotel-condo tower mean the former home of the "Philadelphia Sound" and Cameo-Parkway Records will likely be torn down. Jack McCarthy turns up the volume on not just one, but two major record labels who've passed through the doors at 301-309 South Broad Street > more

Pennepack Baptist Church ... 325 Years and Counting

Pennepack Baptist Church … 325 Years and Counting

June 25, 2013  |  Vantage

The Pennepack Baptist Church traces its roots to the days of William Penn and Thomas Holme. Jack McCarthy takes a look at its history as the church celebrates its 325th anniversary > more

At The Academy, The Birth Of Wire Transmission Of Music

At The Academy, The Birth Of Wire Transmission Of Music

April 30, 2013  |  Vantage

Eighty years ago, Leopold Stokowski and pioneering sound engineers turned the Academy of Music into a multi-media hub for broadcast music. Jack McCarthy has the story of Bell Labs, Disney, and the first stereo broadcast performances > more