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Ruslan Sirota: A Journey Away

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Ruslan Sirota would bristle against the classification of “pianist," “multi-instrumentalist," or “composer." He is, of course, all of these things... which is precisely the point. Raised on the songs of the Soviet and nurtured by the fusion alumni of the 1960s, Sirota has thus far navigated his professional career with an acute sense of sound, unencumbered ...


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: Album Review

Ruslan Sirota: A Lifetime Away

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The Ruslan Sirota who engineered A Lifetime Away (Ruslan Sirota, 2019) has been years in the making. Sirota, who tends to view growth in terms of saying the most with the least, has developed an objective sophistication since the release of his self-titled debut record in 2011. More unified in mind and spirit, he has manifested ...


Article: Album Review

Maria Schafer - Shane Savala: No Broken Hearts

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No Broken Hearts is special because while it could function on its own as a fond nod to tradition or a forward-thinking allusion to the modern songbook, it truly functions as a series of love letters--love letters to collaboration, the living history of strong women songwriters, and deeply personal experiences within music. Vocalist Maria Schafer and ...


Article: Live Review

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

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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 ...


Article: Album Review

Norihiro Kikuta: Vegetable Soup

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In the age of sprawling epics masquerading as jazz records, stumbling onto a concise, minimalist narrative can be a delightful stray from the norm. In the case of Vegetable Soup, a three-composition EP by guitarist Norihiro Kikuta, the music functions as a snapshot, a thunderclap accompanied by a flash of light that illuminates a solitary transformation. ...


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: Interview

Abdullah Ibrahim: The Sound of the Universe

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Abdullah Ibrahim's cosmology informs his art. While some might look upon him as an overseer at the crossroads between new and old, the tempered pianist stands as a sage, painting swirling rhythms that resemble the spheres of the universe with his compositions. He continues to combine ancient wisdom with the tones of the future; formation and ...


Article: Album Review

JD Allen: Barracoon

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To describe JD Allen's Barracoon as a great record would give a false impression--though it is in fact a fantastic record. It would be demeaning to only refer to the piece as a great exemplar of post-bop production. This record is more important than that; not only is it significant in terms of Allen's artistic development, ...


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