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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

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

Read "Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something a bit earthier and intimate, there's really no equal for the atmosphere that envelops ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

Read "Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Steve Rowland

This article was first published at the Explore PA History website.

At first glance, Pittsburgh might not seem the most likely place to produce great jazz musicians. Situated on the western edge of the state, “Smoketown" was a gritty industrial city, better known for being the center of the nation's steel industry, than for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Remembering Art Farmer

Read "Remembering Art Farmer" reviewed by Lazaro Vega

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in November 1999 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material.

This interview was originally broadcast at the time on Blue Lake Public Radio; portions of this interview appeared in an advance article published by the Grand Rapids Press.

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DK Anderson's Cypher: 8th Window

Read "8th Window" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist DK Anderson showcases his mature style and superb musicianship on his debut 8th Window. Leading his band Cypher, Anderson interprets, with passion and elegance, five of his heady originals and three covers including an intriguing take on rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix's classic “Manic Depression."

Anderson opens the latter tune with his fiery honking ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Nothing but Love in God's Water by Robert Darden

Read "Nothing but Love in God's Water by Robert Darden" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nothing but Love in God's Water--Volume 1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
Robert Darden
224 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0271050843
Penn State Press
2014

Critic Ed Ward's The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1965 (Flatiron Books, 2016) is a history ...

NEWS: EVENT

Ron Boustead's CD Release Concert For "Unlikely Valentine," Wed., February 22nd At The E Spot Lounge, Studio City

Ron Boustead's CD Release Concert For "Unlikely Valentine," Wed., February 22nd At The E Spot Lounge, Studio City

Vocalist and lyricist Ron Boustead will perform a CD release concert for his new CD Unlikely Valentine on Wednesday, February 22nd at the E Spot Lounge at Vitello’s in Studio City, one show at 8pm. Boustead will be accompanied by the stellar band featured on Unlikely Valentine, including pianists and co-arrangers Bill Cunliffe and Mitchel Forman, ...