Easter Monday in Pittsburgh had become a popular day for ladies in their Easter bonnets attending the Easter Bonnet Luncheon. Easter Monday evening is now known as B-Pep (The Black Political Empowerment Project) Jazz Marathon night.

On April 25 at Bridges, Holiday Inn University Center, a packed house enjoyed the Sixth Annual B-PEP Jazz Six Hour marathon.

WE THREE Ts—Tim Stevens, B-PEP Founder; Timyka Artist, WPXI; and Tony Mowod, founder Pittsburgh Jazz Society.

The list of jazz celebs included: Roger Humphries & the RH Factor with Sean Jones, Etta Cox, Howie Alexander, Kevin Howard, Kenny Blake, Al Dowe and Betty Douglas. On the emcee list was Tony Mowod, Kevin Amos, Timyka Artist (WPXI), Lynne Hayes-Freeland (KDKA), Demetrious Ivory (WTAE), Chris Moore (WQED-TV, KDKA Radio), David Jaye (Jazzin’ Around), Bob Studebaker (WDUQ) and yours truly. Musical tributes were paid to Luther DeJarunett and Gene Ludwig, two popular jazz musicians that recently passed away.

As B-PEP celebrated 25 years of service to the Pittsburgh region, they acknowledged some of those who have supported and promoted the work of B-PEP since the project was launched on May 21, 1986.

The Silver Anniversary Special Awardees included: Rod Doss, Editor and Publisher, New Pittsburgh Courier; Elaine Effort, KQV Radio; Lynne Hayes-Freeland, KDKA-TV; Chris Moore, WQED TV/KDKA Radio; Connie Portis, Renaissance Publications; and Luther J. Sewell, LJS Publications.

B-PEP remains committed to the goal that African-Americans vote in each and every election and that those in political office expeditiously and effectively meet the needs, aspirations and the concerns of African-Americans.

Tim Stevens, founder and chairman of B-Pep says the night was about the music. “We are again blessed to have many of the very best musicians and vocalists in jazz. B-PEP Jazz has become the place to be on Easter Monday and the location where more Pittsburgh jazz artists perform under one roof in one night than on any other night of the year. “

This is truly a fun fundraiser.

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