I'm a long fan of this music but new to the forum and wanting to study how to play it more. Are there any players in Philadelphia and any teachers they'd recommend? I'd say, let's get together and play if you're in the area, but I've been mostly a bluegrass mandolin player for the last ten years so it'd probably be disappointing for you!!! Glad to be a new member of this forum!
Start with checking out the Hot Club of Philly website, there's a mention of a jam at the Rollers restaurant and the leader Berry is giving lessons too. I don't know him but people in this genre are approachable and welcome beginners so I'd get in touch with him.