On the Importance of Jazz…
AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
The Afro-American-Music-Institute is having a TWO week MUSIC summer camp from June 28th through July 12th...9am to 3pm . All you have to pay is a registration fee of only $25 dollars for your child and that's it. If your kids already have summer plans then spread the…
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 29, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments
Thankfully my entire family was out of town.... no humans were home. While we sadly lost 2 kitties and a pet hamster, my sister, her partner Oliver, my nephews and niece and their housemate were all off at Louie's cabin in Pymatuning. They found out their home was on fire over facebook. I found out when my mother called me while Vinsantos (director of the New Orleans Drag Workshop) was explaining that to…Continue
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by Dom Cerulli — 9/1/1957
Marian McPartland threw back her head and laughed. “You have no idea how often I’ve been asked that,” she said. “And, actually, I don’t know how to answer it.”
The questions were: What are your comments on being a woman in a man’s world, the world of jazz? Are…Continue
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by Harvey Siders — 10/19/1967
Yes, Virginia, there are leprechauns. I know because I’ve been running into one lately in Los Angeles. It seems everywhere I go, he’s there, listening, burying himself in some dark corner, just “quietly finding out what’s happening.” He must be a leprechaun. He’s 5'2"…
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Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!
by Fred Logan
April 18, 2016
Amiri Baraka said somewhere that, among other things, calling jazz (and other black music) "American" music ignores who created it and the
April 15, 5-7:30, Backstage Bar with Calvin Stemley, Keith Flowers, Kenjie and myself. This is a great group that Iove playing with performing music of Herbie, Stevie, Steely and others.
Added by Kai Ballard on April 12, 2016 at 1:54am — No Comments
Though the skies over Pittsburgh may be attempting to belie the truth, spring is here and for Phat Man Dee that means fabulous events, grand openings, social justice disco and more!
Join us this Friday April 8 when Lawrenceville's hottest concert hall and pizza palace, Spirit, turns 1 year old!…
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This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billy May, a jazz musician who was born in Pittsburgh. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Schenly High School. He is probably best known for his work with Charlie Barnet, and then arranging for Nat King Cole and especially Frank Sinatra.
I thought it would be nice if the Pittsburgh jazz community commemorated the anniversary of Billy's birth in some way. Anyone interested in…Continue
Added by Stephen Tokarick on February 4, 2016 at 4:59am — No Comments
Friends! So much is happening! It's crazy, how much is going on, it's hard to keep up with myself!
I am singing this Sunday March 13th at the Blue Moon Bar in Lawrenceville, with guitarist Carlos Peña! 10 pm, 21 and over, no cover, 5115 Butler St, Lawrenceville!…
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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…
Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments
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.
MUSICA is part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects…Continue
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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