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Roger Humphries

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Roger Humphries s an American jazz drummer. Born into a family of ten children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Humphries began playing drums at age four, and went professional at age 14. He led an ensemble at Carnegie Hall at age 16. Early in the 1960s, he began touring with jazz musicians; one of his more prominent gigs was in a trio with Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott in 1962. In 1964, he worked with Horace Silver, appearing on the album Song for My Father, where he played on four tracks, including the title tune. (On the same album Roy Brooks played on two tracks from a session recorded a year earlier)

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Force of Nature

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gjon Mill Jam Session; Aries; Taurus; Cancer / Act of Contrition; Lonely Moments; What's Your Story, Morning Glory? / Ghost of Love; Force of Mature; Intermission; Dirge Blues; Carcinoma; Stompin' at the Savoy; My Blue Heaven.

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Live New York Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Song For My Father; African Queen; The Natives Are Restless Tonight; Que Pasa; African Queen; Tokyo Blues; Señor Blues.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile

Read "Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile" reviewed by Chris May


In his sleeve note for the audio restored Horace Silver album Live New York Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022), British writer Brian Morton cut to the chase. “[Silver]'s only mistake," he wrote, “was to smile while he was playing... a challenge to the notion that jazz should be deadly serious and played with a pained rictus."

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Article: Album Review

Horace Silver Quintet: Live New York Revisited

Read "Live New York Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


This fabulous album, recorded during three New York club engagements in 1964, 1965 and 1966, ranks among the finest in the pianist/composer's illustrious catalogue. There are several things going for it: the quality and shared intentionality of the two, slightly different, lineups; the choice of material and its careful sequencing; the vibrancy of the performances, which ...

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Article: Album Review

Deanna Witkowski: Force of Nature

Read "Force of Nature" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Deanna Witkowski has been studying the life and work of pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams for twenty years. This has resulted in her writing a biography of the artist, Mary Lou Williams; Music For The Soul (Liturgical Press, 2021) and making this companion album of her interpretations of Williams' music. Working in ...

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Song of the Day

Carcinoma

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Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Duration: 03:56

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Article: Profile

Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times

Read "Con Alma: Keeping Pittsburgh Jazz Thriving in Trying Times" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Not mentioned nearly enough as a locale that nurtured some of jazz music's most memorable artists, jny: Pittsburgh can boast a jazz history that is unparalleled, especially for a city of its size. Just a partial list of icons that hailed from the area would include Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, and Stanley ...

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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 ...

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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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