TONY CAMPBELL, far right, sax jams with the band. (Photos by J. L. Martello)
Pittsburgh is known around the world as the home of many legendary jazz icons.
On June 21 the 9th Annual Jazz on the Hillside fundraising concert brought four local “icons” to the lawn of the Schenley Heights Community Development Program Multi-Purpose Center at 3171 Ewart Drive.
“As with the programs we provide at SHCDP, Jazz on the Hillside has become a mainstay in the Schenley Heights community and is a great way to celebrate our mission,” said Rev. Dr. Johnnie Monroe, executive director of SHCDP. “Our programs enable the community’s children to have a safe place to go and to grow.”
ETTA COX was one of the jazz giants who performed.
This year’s evening of jazz “under the stars” featured the Tony Campbell Quintet featuring Jerry Lucarelli, the legendary Harold Betters Quartet, Al Dowe & Etta Cox Quartet and Jimmy Ponder. Tony Mowod, the “Voice of Jazz” and president and founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, returned as the emcee and is co-chair of the event.
REV. JOHNNIE MONROE prays over the event.