Tag: Jazz



Dee Dee Bridgewater on a ‘demanding role’

This image released by Cromarty and Co. shows Dee Dee Bridgewater performing in the off-Broadway musical play, “Lady Day,” about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. (AP Photo/Cromarty and Co., Carol Rosegg) by Charles GansAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Set.”



At 80, Wayne Shorter performs ‘without a net’

This July 23, 2013 file photo shows jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter performing at the 5 Continents Jazz Festival, in Marseille , southern France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) NEW YORK (AP) — At age 80, Wayne Shorter isn’t ready to rest on his reputation as one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Instead, whenever he performs the saxophonist can’t resist the urge to “de-compose” his works and create something anew. “Jazz to me is something that doesn’t have to sound like jazz,” said Shorter, speaking by telephone from his home in the Hollywood Hills. “The word ‘jazz’ means I dare you. I dare you to go beyond what you are. You have to go beyond your comfort zone, to break out of the box. … You’re talking about not just music, you’re talking about life.”



Guitar great Jimmy Ponder rests

In life and on stage with his Gibson Super 400 guitar, Jimmy Ponder was a force of nature because he blew people away. From the Hill District, to Manhattan, to Atlanta and beyond, he epitomized the Pittsburgh jazz guitar legacy. He died Sept. 16 after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 67.



Norman Brown pays tribute to Jackson on latest CD

NORMAN BROWN Michael Jackson has been an inspiration to guitarist Norman Brown. So when friend and musician tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum came up with the idea to create an album with trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown celebrating Jackson’s invaluable contribution to the music industry, Brown immediately agreed to be a part of the project.



Free concerts offer cultural enrichment to city residents

Roger Humphries and RH Factor (Photo by Frank Greenlee) In an effort to provide people of different backgrounds and economic levels to enjoy the arts, Citiparks is offering its three popular summer concert series–”Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,” “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch” and Reservoir of Jazz,” again this year. Each series is sure to whet the appetite of all music lovers in the Pittsburgh area. “These concerts are a great way to provide no-cost access to the arts for families in the City, increase utilization in our parks, and to enhance the quality of life for our residents. We know that everyone cannot afford to go to places like the Opera or the Symphony, so our concerts allow people of all backgrounds and abilities access to the arts,” said Tim Ishman, assistant director Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation.



Nation’s longest-running jazz restaurant to shut its doors

Atlanta’s Dante’s Down The Hatch will close July 30. Marquee notes jazz club’s closing date. (Courier Photo/Timothy Cox) ATLANTA, GA — When news spread that one of Atlanta’s most nostalgic restaurants was about to shut its doors – forever – lots of talk surrounded the unique ambiance of Dante’s Down The Hatch, a suburban Atlanta tradition for more than 40 years. Less talk noted that the July 30 closing will end the longest-running live-jazz music venue in the nation.



Arts & Culture calendar 7-10-13

Thursday 11 Harlem QuartetThe Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents East Liberty LIVE! With the Harlem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The group also appears as part of the PCMS’s Just Summer series. Each member of the quartet is a seasoned solo artist. They have performed at The White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. There will also be refreshments provided by Bar Marco. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.



Black DJs off the airwaves?

CHRIS MOORE, BROTHER MATT, DEBBIE PARKER AND SLY JOCK AT WAMO REUNION PARTY (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello/File) Earlier this month, when Pittsburghers began discussing the possible return of a jazz radio station to the region, some in the Black community had just one question. Would any of the radio hosts on this new station be Black?