mobile logo


Posted on January 13, 2022

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.


Share it!

The dynamic and talented “disrupter of jazz” and Camden, New Jersey resident, @arnettathattrumpetchic (Facebook) @thattrumpetchic (Instagram and Twitter) brings her genre-defying music to @KimmelCC (Twitter)/@KimmelCulturalCampus (Facebook and Instagram) on 3/19. For more info, visit


Press Contacts:

Lauren A. Hall                                                       Hannah Palermo  

484-832-1963                                                       267-765-3724

[email protected]                       [email protected]






MARCH 19, 2022


New Jersey native among NPR’s “20 Artists to Watch”


“...the sound she creates is very much her own. It is, at times, aggressive.

It’s funk. It’s hip-hop. It’s pop. It’s R&B. And it is, of course, jazz.”



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 13, 2022) – The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the creator of the “Netta Bop” sound, Arnetta Johnson, for a powerful performancein the Campus’ Perelman Theater on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. The New Jersey native introduces both young musical audiences and jazz aficionados to an all-new musical experience.


Having been dubbed “that trumpet chic,” Arnetta Johnson is the music she plays. She is undisputedly leaving her stamp on the jazz world and earning her place in the playlists of her colleagues and peers. The expansion of her “disruptive jazz” style and her “Netta Bop” sound represents the depth of her passion. Additionally, she is the bandleader of her group, Arnetta Johnson and SUNNY(Sounds Uplifting Nobility through Notes and Youth) and strives to stand jazz on its head and to inspire others.


Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times for guests attending on-Campus events, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 5. Guests under 5 will be required to show a negative PCR test result or negative rapid test. Additional details below.


“We are thrilled to present rising star Arnetta Johnson for this one-night-only event,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “From R&B to hip-hop to jazz, she displays a wondrous sound, and rare versatility and panache in her captivating performances.” 


Johnson attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Camden, New Jersey, and then Berklee College of Music. She has received national medals from the NAACP ACT-SO Competition, has won over 20 Best Soloist awards from various high school jazz festivals, and was recognized as the Best Overall Soloist at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Fest. NPR deemed her one of its “20 Artists to Watch”. In 2018, Johnson performed with Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and was a featured trumpeter on her On the Run II Tour and on the Carters' Grammy®-winning album Everything Is Love.


Nasir Dickerson, Jamal Dickerson, and Hassan Sabree were all initial catalysts that helped form Johnson’s passion for the trumpet. These artists introduced her to a new realm of musical discovery and the art of improvision. She is currently being mentored by Grammy® Award-winning artist Jill Scott and the dynamic saxophonist Tia Fuller. Her debut album If You Hear A Trumpet, It’s Me was released in June of 2019.


Whether it’s rocking a television show like Black Girls Rock, a concert gig, or an international performance, her artistry is always front and center.


Other performances in the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 21-22 Jazz Series include Laurin Talese (February 19, 2022, Perelman Theater), Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (March 24, 2022, Academy of Music), Diana Krall (April 8, 2022, Academy of Music), Jazz in the Key of Ellison (April 14, 2022, Verizon Hall), Dianne Reeves (April 21, 2022, Merriam Theater), and Bria Skonberg (June 12, 2022, Perelman Theater). 



Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at  In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street. See for more information. 


Arnetta Johnson

Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Perelman Theater

March 19, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

# # #


Safe & Clean Commitment + Flexible Ticket Policy

The Kimmel Cultural Campus is proudly certified by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council – the gold standard for cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention programs.


We will always put the safety of our guests, artists, and staff first, and we have worked closely with partners, producers, artists, guests and other performing arts centers around the nation to develop the most comprehensive plan to safely reopen our doors. We are committing to a healthy and clean environment with increased disinfection, enhanced ventilation, and will enforce recommended health authority guidelines, including masks and proof of vaccination. 


Masks are required to be worn at all times when on the Kimmel Cultural Campus, except when actively consuming food or beverage in designated locations. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted. 


All attendees for public events must show proof of full vaccination at the time of entry, with valid photo ID and copy of vaccination card (physical or photo). Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted, with the exception of children under the age of 5, effective January 17; children under 5 will be required to show a negative PCR test or negative rapid result. While rapid tests (taken within 48 hours of event) are accepted, and PCR tests are preferred (taken within 72 hours of event). Our position on vaccine mandates for children under the age of 5 may change as the larger population gets vaccinated. 


This policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local health authorities. For more information on our Safe & Clean Commitment and the most up-to-date information about our policies, please visit


# # #



Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region's diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1-million guests per year and includes Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, and SEI Innovation Studio), the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater – representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region's most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region's young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the proud Kimmel Cultural Campus Season Sponsor. Read Kimmel Cultural Campus' vision statement, world view, and mission statement here. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how it encompasses our mission, co-workers, and programs here.


# # #


For photography, please visit

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.



< Previous Article Next Article >

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website and personalized content.

Learn More.