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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


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Billy Bang and the Aftermath Band

Event Details

Billy Bang and the Aftermath Band

Time: November 8, 2008 at 8pm
Location: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Street: 5914 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.322.0292
Event Type: Jazz, Concert
Organized By: Kente Arts Alliance
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2008

Event Description

The violin is hardly the first instrument that comes to mind when you think about jazz, but that's never daunted Billy Bang, one of the instrument's most adventurous exponents. Drafted into the army following graduation, Band was sent to Vietnam, an experience that profoundly affected his life, often quite painfully. Returning home and radicalized, Billy became active in the anti-war movement, and by the late '60s had returned to his music.

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Comment by Edgar Um Bucholtz on October 25, 2008 at 7:57pm
Very exciting concert!!!!

Billy Bang is an incredible jazz violinist and composer. He is also a former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra. (More detailed bio below.)

I've had the great pleasure of seeing him once at a reunion concert with the Arkestra in the early 90's and once at a Marion Brown benefit show.

The line-up he is bringing to Pittsburgh is quite impressive:

James Spaulding is a legendary alto and flute player who got his start with Sun Ra in late 50s Chicago. He went on to record with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Pharoah Sanders (on the legendary "Karma" LP.)

Trumpet player Ted Daniel has recorded with Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill. He is featured on his childhood friend, the great Sonny Sharrock's "Black Woman" LP. He co-led the 70's jazz-rock band, Brute Force, which had an excellent LP release on the Embryo label featuring Sonny Sharrock.

Many thanks to Kente Arts for bringing this great ensemble and concert to Pittsburgh.

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