After immersing myself in the Pittsburgh music scene over the past few months, I have decided to embark on a new journey- making a short film surrounding the history of jazz and blues in Pittsburgh and what the scene is transforming into today.
Many outsiders may not know that years ago, Pittsburgh was the center of jazz. National artists like Lena Horne could have practically called the Iron City their second home, and many local musicians such as Earl "Fatha" Hines and Billy Strayhorn brought jazz to a whole different level.
In 2012, new, fresh faces are emerging like trumpeter Sean Jones and saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, who began her career in Pittsburgh and moved on over to New York City. From Black Coffee to Tarra Layne, Jessica Lee and Steel Town Soul, this city is filled with incredible, young talent, inspired by the greats that came before them. This town is overflowing with those greats and it is my mission to document the best of the business.
With your help, I can make this happen. In a few weeks, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign accompanied by a short promo video, giving you an idea of the direction I would like to take this film. I hope you can take the journey with me.
Peace and love.