On the Importance of Jazz…
AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
Happy Birthday to the incomparable, Pittsburgh Jazz Great Roy Eldridge! January 30, 1911.
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On the Importance of Jazz…
Happy Birthday to Pittsburgh Jazz legend, Earl Hines!!!!
We're celebrating the exceptional Billy Strayhorn, here in the NY Metro area. Check the current WSJ article on "Musicians Take the A-Train".
Billy Strayhorn Lives!
This interview was sent to me by Kevin McManus, who edited it down I guess from a recording of the interview. I did another once over and here it is! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I don't know the exact year of the interview - suffice it to say it was in the last 10-15 years.…Continue
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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy…
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by Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience
Jazz-playing computers and robots could soon yield clues about how to help people collaborate with machines, researchers say.
The new project, called MUSICA (short for Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), aims to develop a musical device that can improvise a jazz solo in response to human partners, just as real jazz musicians improvise alongside one another.
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Thelonious Monk, 10/10 and Art Blakey, 10/11
WKCR.org continues its 74 year history of providing listeners with the glories of Jazz music. Saturday, 10/10, the station will celebrate Thelonious Monk, in a continuous, all-day tribute to the man and his music! WKCR began broadcasting JAZZ, 74 years ago, featuring Roy Eldridge on Gene Krupa's rendition of "Swing Is Here". The station's commitment to JAZZ stems from a massive archive…Continue
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Adam Wade (Born Patrick Henry Wade) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He achieved renown as an American singer, drummer, television, movie and stage actor and director. He is noted for his stint as the host of the 1975…Continue
A talented group of international jazz musicians will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the 45th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running…
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By Scott Cousins - For The Telegraph
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PERSONA NON GRATA I have been unceremoniously banished and denied any possibility of performing again at a well-known Pittsburgh jazz club. WHY? Because, as a board member of Local 82-545 AFM (American Federation of Musicians) I attempted to negotiate fair payment (union scale) for my players for a gig I was offered there. I described its paltry offer as tantamount to exploitation and received this response "Your remarks are way out of line... As the owner of James Street, I will not book…Continue
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In honor of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial, we his heirs along with a host of professional musicians, entertainment insiders, educators, and the general public seek a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his contribution as a great American composer, his involvement in social justice (worked with Martin Luther King Jr.) and his…Continue