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Joe Negri

In 1999, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust honored me by naming me the "Established Artist of the Year." I remember telling them that my career has been a "work in progress" since age three. As a child performer, I performed on radio and appeared in theatrical and stage productions throughout the tri-state area. I was even chosen to become one of Pittsburgh's "Stars of Tomorrow." A voice change shattered my confidence and I stopped performing. Shortly after, I began to seriously study the guitar. By age sixteen, I was playing well enough to win a job with one of the country's top swing bands. I soon became a featured member of the band and traveled nationally with them for about two years

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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

Read "Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

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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Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

Read "The Contemporary Dynamic" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

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. ...

Take Five With Jacques Lesure

Read "Take Five With Jacques Lesure" reviewed by Jacques Lesure

Meet Jacques Lesure:Jacques Lesure is a Detroit native who has graduated from Berklee College Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since his days at Berklee, he has performed alongside Oscar Brown Jr., George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine, Mark Murphy, Oliver Lake, Chico Freeman, Javon Jackson, Les McCann, Linda Hopkins, Carmen Lundy, ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2011, 4-7 de agosto

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2011, 4-7 de agosto" reviewed by Joan A. Cararach

Newport Jazz FestivalDel 4 al 7 de agosto, 2011Newport, Rhode Island, Estados Unidos Prólogo: como Moisés en Fort Adams (y cantando con Pete Seeger) Un carrito de golf se detiene en la entrada del túnel que lleva del llamado escenario Quad al Harbor Stage. Chubasqueros y paraguas se detienen ante ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Negri: Dream Dancing

Read "Dream Dancing" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Veteran guitarist Joe Negri has nothing to prove to anyone. He's been a professional musician since the late '40s, played with a wide variety of musicians in countless musical settings, taught crops of aspiring musicians through his university positions, worked as a musical director and on-air performer for television, and weathered the ups and downs of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joe Negri's Jazz "Mass" Gives Range To Its Message

Joe Negri's Jazz "Mass" Gives Range To Its Message

Joe Negri's performance with his trio and the newly formed Saint Vincent Jazz Choir on Saturday was a match made in heaven. Sort of. The music was an hour-long performance of “Mass of Hope: The Mass in the Jazz Idiom," which Mr. Negri, of Scott, wrote years ago and continued to develop into an entire performance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Negri: Guitars For Christmas

Read "Guitars For Christmas" reviewed by Ken Hohman

Mention the name of guitarist Joe Negri to any Pittsburgh native and you'll invariably be greeted with a smile. Negri is a Pittsburgh jazz legend who has gigged with countless performers and symphonies over the decades. He's also loved by millions of baby boomers through his role as “Handyman Negri" on the renowned PBS TV series ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Negri: Afternoon In Rio

Read "Afternoon In Rio" reviewed by Jim Santella

While serving for more than twenty years as a musical director for television station WTAE in Pittsburgh, guitarist Joe Negri has written and performed for a variety of situations. He's equally at home with the jazz standard as he is with this collection of Brazilian music. The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, having sponsored live jazz in Pittsburgh ...


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