Hello fellow Jazz lovers, I believe it's time that we start to take a serious look at this concept called SmoothAhead. I know some people may think the name is a little corny or not easy to say, but get pass the name and think about what it represents. With the demise of so many Smooth Jazz radio stations across the country and only a few NPR stations at all, wouldn't it be great if we had stations that played both genres. They could rotate (Traditional or Straight-Ahead) with (Contemporary or… Continue
Added by Living Legends JaZzabrations on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm —
The Baldwin Concert Grand Piano at Keystone Oaks High School has been restored to its original
I have been ask to open the program with Roger
Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin;Thursday, May28, 2009 at 7:00pm.
Added by Jerry Lucarelli on May 22, 2009 at 2:57am —
Today I was given what could be the most frightening information I could ever get hold of in the respect of our independence as individual Americans. The Pennsylvania state budget proposal ( S.B.) 850 has planned to heavily cut state funding to the Greatest device we have as a Free Nation, our libraries. As this Nation’s recession digs deeper and everyone of us feel the pain, our lawmaking body tries to find ways to slash costs. Those governing the budget have now set their sights on education… Continue
Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on May 21, 2009 at 5:19am —
Died May 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Randy Purcell, with his trombone.
From his Brookline home, where the music never stopped, trombone player Randy Purcell blew his way onto the international scene with his loud and aggressive musical style, becoming ranked among the top dozen trombonists across the globe.
Mr. Purcell died Saturday night of complications… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 20, 2009 at 3:54pm —
By Bob Karlovits, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
About the writer
Bob Karlovits can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7852.
Randy Purcell attacked jazz performance and education with the same zest that marked his heyday as a powerhouse trombonist with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.
Mr. Purcell, 62, a mainstay in the… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 20, 2009 at 3:30pm —
So sad to hear of the passing of Randy Purcell.
We all knew he was sick for a long time, but the news is still tragic.
We lost another legend today.
I guess Maynard was saving a seat in his band up there...
Added by Lou Spagnola on May 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Ron Davenport has sold WAMO A.M./F.M. and WPGR, there is now no Black Urban Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. Think about it, there is no broadcast media outlet for black expression, concern or news. We are now back to the future of the 1940's. What is your comment or concerns?
Added by Frank B. Greenlee on May 16, 2009 at 5:58am —
Nelson, you are a genius!! What a great site! Congrats.
Added by Patricia Pugh Mitchell on May 12, 2009 at 8:29am —
Are you an indy Soul, Jazz, Funk, Blues, or Rock artist who is suffering during this economic depression? Do you have too few gigs, or too few sales (physical or digital)?
Hell you can't even get people to go to your website to sign up for your mailing list or to download a free song. Are you a Soul, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock artist on Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, etc and your fans still can't find you?
Are you an older artist and your fans can't find you online? Are you an… Continue
Added by Kevin Amos on May 11, 2009 at 7:00pm —
We found this on our FaceBook page--it concerns the funding for arts that are in jeopardy in your great state. We're a Detroit/Chicago based band, but we are also going through similar problems in our states. The Detroit Jazz Fest, which in the last two years had 72 acts each in the last two years, are now down to only 33 acts for this years festival.
This is a link to a petition about arts in Pennsylvania:
Added by Musique Noire on May 8, 2009 at 1:54am —
As we are approaching the 1200 member level, it has come to my attention that our recent practice of e-blasting current live local events has been both favorably and unfavorably received. Since this network is about values (personal, professional and artistic), I will try to address both the positive and negative feedback I have received thus far and invite any and all comments in response so that we can best learn how to serve the… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 1, 2009 at 4:02am —
Did I ever tell you of my experience with an evil apparition, a specter, a demon, a ghost?
A many decades have gone by, yet it is as if it happened the night before last.
A young son I was, no more then ten. Such a strong child I was, fearful of nothing, as long as I was by my mother’s hand.
We lived in the country, on a road all by ourselves.
Vacant of life, void of expression.
Nothing to watch from my crooked porch, but for the Osage posts disappearing into the… Continue
Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on April 29, 2009 at 8:00am —
VITA, a comprehensive show and sale of art works in a variety of media by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas
will be presented by Inspirosity Art Gallery
, 594 3rd St., Beaver, PA, with a gala opening reception on May 16, 8 pm. You are cordially invited to make this premiere event the centerpiece of that weekend.
Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 27, 2009 at 11:14pm —
Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for
2009-2010 PJS / BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship
Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 1 for the 2009 Pittsburgh Jazz Society/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. The recipient of the one-year, $5,000 award will be selected by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators on the basis of musical interest and ability as demonstrated by an application and audition tape that includes samplings of various… Continue
Added by Kevin Amos on April 25, 2009 at 1:57pm —
I have written and produced a song which honors Mothers Day. It is my hope that all Pittsburgh Jazz Network members will take the time to download this song to your pages, and share it with your children, families and friends. There is no charge; it is my gift to you regarding this important day.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL,
Added by Kennard Williams on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm —
PIONEERING BOOKING AGENT RUTH BOWEN PASSES
Entertainment Business Leader Broke Race and Gender BarriersRepresenting Music Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr. andOthers
Press Release For Immediate Release
(New York, NY - April 23, 2009) - Ruth Bowen, founder of The BowenAgency Ltd., passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in New York Cityafter battling a brain tumor. Bowen was the first black female booking agent and… Continue
Added by Kevin Amos on April 24, 2009 at 2:36am —
On April 18, 2009, William, age 57, of Pittsburgh. Beloved husband of Judith A. Baronio-Gay; father of Adora C. Gay; grandfather of Doricka D., Tyrone R., Mahogany E., Chanelle M. and Jemel A.; brother of Pastor Gary R. Gay and Gerald Gay; nephew of Nelda Stokes and Florence Nelson; also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church, Sixth St., Braddock, where the funeral service will be… Continue
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 23, 2009 at 5:28am —
Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas, Thomas Brunger and Shannon Kuhns will discuss their work, sculptures made from discarded parts of musical instruments, on Saturday, April 25 at 4 pm. Would love to see anyone who has the time and inclination to participate in bringing this month-long show to a great close. MoxieDada is located in the Old Fire House at 1416 Arch St., NorthSide Pittsburgh
Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 21, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Added by Eduard Jolmes on April 20, 2009 at 2:40pm —
And actually folks that is a blunt as I can make it without naming names. Many musicians and fans ALWAYS come to me to complain about who did what to them, the lack of respect of them , the lack of gigs for them, the absence of people at the gig, why we don't see certain artists come to town, seeing the same old faces playing around, no music in a certain part of town, etc, etc, and double etc.
Aren't you surprised I haven't lost my mind after all these years?
Added by Kevin Amos on April 18, 2009 at 6:27pm —