AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Another great night of jazz at Savoy this past Monday (12/26). Shawnee Lake was on fire! Thanks to everyone who shared their day after Christmas with us here at Savoy, listening to great music. And we’re not done with this holiday season just yet! The day after New Year’s day (1/2/12), is going to start off the year of jazz at Savoy with bang!
Pittsburgh is well known for its rich history of exceptional jazz masters who got their start right here. Recent years show that this legacy continues with some of the most amazing young artists anywhere poised to take the country by storm. To that point we thought it only fitting to have the first Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy of 2012 celebrate that fact in grand fashion! For starters, the featured artist that night is Ralph Lalama, world renowned master on the tenor sax. Throughout his career, Ralph has been a part of many legendary jazz bands/orchestras and played with many well known jazz icons. The bands he has played with were headed by leaders such as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones to name a few. He is currently a featured soloist with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with jazz icons like James Moody, Mel Torme and Carmen McRae. As always, Pittsburgh’s resident legendary master of the drums, Roger Humphries, along with the fantastic Dwayne Dolphin on bass and the marvelous Max Leak on piano, will provide the accompaniment for Ralph. And if that weren’t spectacular enough, the last half of the evening will have the George Heid III Trio, consisting of some of the baddest young talent currently coming out of the “Burg” accompanying Ralph. You won’t believe your ears when you hear and see the raw talent and heart these young lions display. And all three, George Heid III on drums, Brett Williams on keyboard and Miles Jackson on Bass, have been mentored by Roger, Dwayne and Max. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this. See you on Monday, January 2nd at Savoy to kick off what promises to be an amazing year of Jazz in Pittsburgh in general, lead by an amazing year of jazz right here at Savoy!