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Pittsburgh Celebrates Music Scene With The Annual Jazz Days Of Summer

Pittsburgh Celebrates Music Scene With The Annual Jazz Days Of Summer

JazzPGH is excited to announce the commencement of its annual Jazz Days of Summer, an in-depth look at an average week in jny: Pittsburgh jazz. The Jazz Days of Summer campaign will shine a spotlight on the scene by promoting over 50 local events across various social media platforms from Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August ...

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Samba Azul: Samba Azul

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If Brazil had hands, it would grab you and never let you go. It is as much an emotional feeling as it is a location on a map. It is this that inspired drummer Adam Osmianski's 2019 project, Samba Azul, a compilation of beloved Brazilian standards.

Osmianksi, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, ...

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Dave Howard: Infinite Blu

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Guitarist Dave Howard was raised on a robust diet of jazz, classic rock, and the blues. He is the type of individual who stubbornly throws himself into the cross-genre deep end, ears first, and refuses to come up for air. Praying at the altar of fusion at midmorning, lunch at the Hard Rock Café, and paying ...

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Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City

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For countless bluesmen, rockers, and bossa players, the guitar is the path to jazz; that trail was blazed as early as the 1920s by practitioners such as Eddie Durham, Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian. For Pittsburgh guitarist Mark Strickland, it was Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue (Blue Note, 1963) that first sparked his interest in ...

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Janet Evra: Ask Her to Dance

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When bassist Janet Evra dropped her debut solo record in the fall of 2018, she gifted something special to the residents of her adopted hometown. A veteran of the St. Louis circuit, Evra has made a name for herself on the scene vis-à-vis her Brazilian-heavy repertoire and charming voice. Many hours spent poring over the discographies ...

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The Boilermaker Jazz Band: I Love the Rhythm in a Riff

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Reedman Paul Cosentino knows his audience and has made a living bringing joy to thousands in the global swing and blues dancing community. As leader of the Boilermaker Jazz Band, Cosentino performs with a brand of old-fashioned showmanship as sincere as it is charming. The band put down traditional roots in the '80s, and has since ...

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Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

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Take everything you know about what a debut record should and should not be. Now promptly throw those ideas into oncoming traffic and don't look back.

Young Pittsburgh bassist Tony DePaolis has redefined the boundaries of the all-important debut record with The Contemporary Dynamic. It's a concept album. It's a double album. ...

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Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

Pittsburgh's Jazz Days of Winter Set for February 16-23, 2019

By Mackenzie Horne

Dwindling attendance is perhaps the most serious threat to the well-being of today's regional jazz circles, and addressing this issue requires an approach that is as authentic as it is aggressive. Problems with attendance and participation seem to be amplified in a metropolitan area as small as jny: Pittsburgh, and past history ...

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James Johnson III: Full Circle

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Pittsburgh drummer James Johnson III has spent the past several years developing his songwriting style--the results of that development can be heard at length on the drummer's sophomore solo record, Full Circle. Full Circle is not only more subdued than 2014's Between ( James Johnson III), but it is also more stylistically uniform. This record is ...

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The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra at Greer Cabaret Theater

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Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
Greer Cabaret Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's International Festival of Firsts
Pittsburgh, PA
November 6, 2018

The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra (PJO) rounded out the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's International Festival of Firsts with their concert, titled “Liberation" in tribute to the prolific African American writer, philosopher, and advocate ...