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Benny Benack III

At the age of 28, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz trumpeter & singer Benny Benack III has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”, Benack has a knack for delighting audiences with panache, in the spirit of classic crooners like Sinatra & Mel Tormé, with a nod to legendary trumpet showmen Louis Armstrong & Dizzy Gillespie. Equally comfortable in both Jazz and Pop settings, Benack has worked with some of the greatest acts in music today, touring domestically as a trumpet soloist with Josh Groban, Ben Folds, fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, as well as European engagements with Jazz Bass extraordinaire Christian McBride

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Con Alma Announces Roger Humphries’ Thursday Night Residency

Con Alma Announces Roger Humphries’ Thursday Night Residency

Con Alma is excited to announce a new Thursday night residency beginning on November 14. jny: Pittsburgh drumming legend Roger Humphries, whom Horace Silver once described as “one of my best drummers”, will take the Con Alma stage every Thursday from 8:00PM- 11:00PM. Perhaps most famous for his contributions to Silver’s Song for My Father and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

Read "Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Ravi Coltrane Quartet New Hazlett Theater Pittsburgh, PA October 5, 2019 Since 2007, the Kente Arts Alliance (KAA) has worked diligently to underscore the relationship between the arts and community by providing accessible cultural programming within the city of Pittsburgh. KAA has hosted a number of elder jazz statesmen, including Hugh ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club Con Alma announces two exciting music series

Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club  Con Alma announces two exciting music series

Con Alma is excited to announce Latin Jazz Sundays and All-Pittsburgh Wednesdays. Starting in September, Con Alma will open its doors every Sunday from 5:00PM-11:00PM. Pittsburgh musicians will perform selections from the Latin music tradition from 7:00PM-10:00PM. The club will spin handpicked Latin vinyl selections on the house turntable between sets. The featured menu will include ...

NEWS: EVENT

Pittsburgh's Con Alma To Host Coltrane And Monk Birthday Celebrations

Pittsburgh's Con Alma To Host Coltrane And Monk Birthday Celebrations

Con Alma is excited to announce upcoming celebrations in acknowledgment of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk’s birthdays. An observance of saxophonist John Coltrane’s birth will take place from September 18-September 23. During this special period, Con Alma’s house band, which showcases some of the finest talent in the Pittsburgh area, will perform selections from Coltrane’s prolific ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Gary Bartz Liberty Avenue Stage Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 23, 2010 The 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featured a heavyweight lineup of world-renowned saxophone players, including Charles Lloyd, Nubya Garcia, and Gary Bartz. Bartz was scheduled to perform selections from Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "MonkTime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Available Now!

Leon Lee Dorsey Explores The Music Of Thelonious Monk On "MonkTime," Bassist's First Album In 20 Years, Available Now!

Twenty years after the release of his last album, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey reassumes the mantle of a recording artist in his own right with the September 13 release of MonkTime (Jazz Avenue 1 Records). The debut of Dorsey’s DSC Band, which also includes guitarist Greg Skaff and celebrated drummer Mike Clark, features the trio applying ...

NEWS: EVENT

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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Ian Michael Brown

Forced against his will at age 5 or 6 (a debate between Ian and his Mom...which she usually wins), Ian began taking piano lessons at the Grace United Methodist Church from his teacher, Cindy. Between those early years until middle school, Ian wanted to play guitar rather than piano. It wasn’t until middle school choir with Dave Barron, the choral teacher, that Ian started to put his energy toward the piano. Ian took a liking to a particular piece entitled “Ride on the Wind.” After he dug a crumpled piece of sheet music out of the trash, thrown there from a fellow classmate, Ian decided that he wanted to learn the music and ultimately accompany the choir

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 20-23, 2019 Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under ...


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