“They call me “Jilly from Philly.” So much of who I am is because of the music of Philadelphia. My mother introduced me to a great radio station WDAS-FM and they played all kinds of powerful, retro music. She took me to Ortlieb’s, which is a jazz spot in Philly and I wasn’t supposed to be there, but she put me behind a chair and kinda hid me. I watched great musicians be great musicians. I saw Patti LaBelle, I saw Teddy Pendergrass, Gladys Knight & The Pips, so many live performances.
Philly is definitely a place to enhance the live performance, and Philadelphian audiences: they are tough. They are tough. If they don’t like it, they’ll let you know, and it’s more than a boo. You might have to duck in Philly.”