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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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Carrie Lucas, Tamara Tunie to headline New Pittsburgh Courier Centennial Celebration

Event Details

Carrie Lucas, Tamara Tunie to headline New Pittsburgh Courier Centennial Celebration

Time: November 20, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm
Location: Carnegie Music Hall
Street: 4400 Forbes Ave (Oakland)
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-781-3486
Event Type: centennial, celebration
Organized By: Stephan Broadus
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2010

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Event Description

The head diva of LA’s Solar records, Carrie Lucas, will make her return to the music scene headlining the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Centennial Gala Nov. 20 at the Carnegie Music Hall. The sensuous soul and disco stylist started as a backing singer with the Whispers. She also wrote songs recorded by R&B acts the Whispers, the Soul Train Gang and South Shore Commission before joining the Soul Train label in 1976. Her first chart record and biggest hit was the disco smash ‘I Gotta Keep Dancin’’, released simply under the name Carrie in 1977. Two years later ‘Dance With You’ on Solar, also made the Top 100 and gave her a UK Top 40 entry. Over the next six years she registered four US Top 200 album entries and a further five R&B chart singles, the biggest of these being her revival (with the Whispers) of Barbara Lewis’ ‘Hello Stranger’, which reached the Top 20 in 1985 on Constellation Records.

Carrie will be performing with Shalamar’s band from Memphis Tenn. and Carrie’s daughter, Carolyn Lucas Griffey, from Shalamar, will be doing background vocals for her mother during this historic comeback concert. Griffey has been touring the world with the Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel. She also sings with the Andre Crouch Gospel Choir, who are known for their work on Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”, “Keep the Faith” and “Will You Be There”.

Griffey’s partner, the Grammy Award nominated record producer and songwriter, Kurt ‘KC’ Clayton is the music director. In October 2009, Griffey performed with Hewett and Daniel at London’s O2 Arena. This prompted a return for a tour in the UK in April 2010.

Actress Tamara Tunie will emcee the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Centennial Gala celebration Nov. 20 at the Carnegie! She is best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Tamara was born in McKeesport and grew up in Homestead, the daughter of Evelyn (née Hawkins) and James W. Tunie. Tunie graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981. She completed her directorial debut with the 2010 romantic comedy See You In September.

For tickets or more information email or call 412-781-3486 Save The Date Creative Services LLC

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