St. Mary's Church, location of Geno's Empty Foxhole
Website created by John Erickson, John Barry, Joelle Schlang, Danielle Kasirer, Sam Wang and Dan Marino
On March 20th, 2005 our group of Music 50 students interviewed Mr. Web Christman. Christman has
proven to be an excellent resource in understanding the Philadelphia Jazz scene from the 50's to the 70's,
especially surrounding the University area. Although originally from Milawaukee, Christman moved to
Philadelphia to pursue a graduate degree in economic history. Having grown up in a musical household
and having significant musical training himself, it was not long before he was immersed in Jazz. Christman
was also involved in Penn's very own St. Mary's church and was influential in creating its very own Jazz
venue, Geno's Empty Foxhole.
Our interview was incredibly diverse and interesting. We discussed a variety of topics ranging from
a brief personal history, popular performers to gig at the Foxhole, to topics of alcohol's effects on
Jazz venues and even a brief selection of race issues in America.
To read the fully transcribed interview, click here.
To read more in depth interpretation and here actual audio selections, click here.
To find out more about some of the performers of the Foxhole, click here.