Trading scissors for trumpet, barber helps bring sounds of big-band jazz to Philly schools


The owner of a barbershop in Center City Philadelphia is keeping alive the sound of big-band jazz.


Hair stylist Lou Cioci, owner of “All About Hair” at 17th and Chestnut in Center City, has been moonlighting for decades as a trumpeter and leader (with Buddy Cifone) of the Clef Club Community Band.

Thanks to a donation from the estate of Murray Bloom, an inventor of medical technology used in pacemakers who had been moonlighting as a big-band arranger, Cioci’s Clef Club Community Jazz Band will be touring Philadelphia high schools.

  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

Bloom’s widow, Susan Bloom, funded a series of spring concerts and promised an additional $7,500 to allow the 17-member jazz band to visit area schools.

The final spring concert was Monday when WHYY caught up with the ensemble.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal