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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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Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is an American jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter (ASCAP) and recording artist, born in Manassas, VA. Lee’s vocals reflect the influence of classic jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and gospel, but always with a heavy emphasis on the blues. Her musical motto is to study and perform “something old, something new, something borrowed... but always blue.” Lee performs at jazz and blues clubs, music festivals, charitable and private events, universities and concert halls throughout the U.S. She has performed at legendary clubs such as Antone’s in Austin, Texas and James Street in Pittsburgh, PA and is featured frequently at major charitable events

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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 ...

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48th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar

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48th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar
Various Venues
Pittsburgh, PA
November 1-3, 2018

The Pitt Jazz Seminar took place the first weekend of Novenmber under the musical direction of Terri Lyne Carrington; Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday were packed with guest lectures while the all-star concert was scheduled for 7:30 on Saturday ...

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Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Jazz Week Commences With Great Success August 10-19, 2018

Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Jazz Week Commences With Great Success August 10-19, 2018

An initiative came together in the Pittsburgh Jazz community to create a ten-day series of events for the city. The program called Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was developed by the committee that grew out of the JazzHubs America project. jny: Pittsburgh was selected along with jny:Phoenix, AZ; jny:Portland, OR; and Washington, DC to hold a series ...

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Keystone Jazz Collective, Co-Founded By Pittsburgh Trombonist Reggie Watkins & Philadelphia Bassist Nimrod Speaks, Announces New Organization & July Concerts

Keystone Jazz Collective, Co-Founded By Pittsburgh Trombonist Reggie Watkins & Philadelphia Bassist Nimrod Speaks, Announces New Organization & July Concerts

The Keystone Jazz Collective is a tale of two Pennsylvania cities. jny: Pittsburgh and jny: Philadelphia, not to mention the surrounding regions, have brought far more than their share of jazz to the world. Whether it’s Billy Strayhorn and Art Blakey from Pittsburgh, Henry Mancini from the nearby town of Alquippa, or Benny Golson, John Coltrane, ...

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Jared Sims

JARED SIMS performs on all of the saxophones as well as clarinet and flute. He has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, South America, Asia and India. Sims has performed live with an array of artists that include Han Bennink, Cecil McBee, Bob Brookmeyer, Stefon Harris, Landau Eugene Murphy, Temptations, Four Tops, Melvin Sparks, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), DJ Logic, Kiddus I, Matisyahu, the 10,000 Maniacs, and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Sims has also performed with large ensembles such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Thomas Wendt

Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. A graduate of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, he has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Thomas maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh’s top jazz artists such as Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, David Budway, Kenia, the Latin jazz group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has also played with many visiting international artists like David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Freddy Cole, Monty Alexander, Bill Watrous, Paquito D’Rivera, Curtis Lundy, Wycliffe Gordon, Ann Hampton Calloway and Javon Jackson

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Marty Ashby

Marty Ashby is a jazz guitarist, GRAMMY®-winning producer, programming consultant, motivational speaker and lifelong advocate of jazz music and its unique place in American culture. In his work as an arts administrator and educator, he remains dedicated to the belief that Jazz celebrates the experience of life. And that if everyone knew how to swing — musicians and non-musicians alike — the world would be a happier, more harmonious place. He is Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG), a multi-disciplined center for arts and learning. Since starting MCG Jazz in 1987, he has produced more than 2,000 concerts, 50 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, and raised $25 million