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    Can you dig it?

    Meet the musicians struggling to keep North Philadelphia’s jazz scene alive.   It was odd that Henry Tirfe, a saxophone-wielding house bandleader, listed Art Blakey, the prolific, Pittsburgh-based jazz drummer who led The Jazz Messengers for 35 years, as one of his main influences. ”I mean, Art Blakey was very intense,” says Tirfe, “even with the soft songs, you know?” And when it came time for the 24-year-old West Philadelphia native to solo, it was like a runner sprinting off the starting line: harmonies jumped off his tenor saxophone as the artist made his presence known in the dimly-lit SOUTH jazz kitchen, an unassuming southern-style jazz restaurant at the corner…