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Roby Edwards and Tony Campbell will perform live in a double bill concert at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

Pittsburgh, Pa.   – The Kente Arts Alliance will present its new fall series entitled Alto Madness.  It will feature three accomplished alto saxophonists who have made their mark in the jazz world. Two concerts are presented in Pittsburgh. The first is Oct. 18 and the second one Dec.13.

CONCERT I:

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present a double bill concert featuring the Tony Campbell Jazz Surgery Band and the Roby “Supersax” Edwards Band. Both bands will perform at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, in East Liberty Pittsburgh.

Tony Campbell Jazz Surgery Band with special guest Yoko Suzuki

Tony Campbell is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition in Pittsburgh.  Tony studied music at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston. During that time, Berklee was the school of choice for many of his contemporaries, including Branford Marsalis and Roy Hargrove. This generation has often been referred to as the “young lions.” But like all jazz artists, Tony got his best education playing wherever opportunities presented themselves. Whether playing on Broadway or with greats like Roy Ayers, Tony is versatile enough to play anywhere he chooses. Alto saxophonist Yoko Suzuki will make a guest appearance during his performance.

Roby “Supersax” Edwards Band

Roby Edwards was born in Pittsburgh and is part of a lineage of great Pittsburgh-born musicians. He learned his art the old fashioned way, on stage with accomplished musicians night after night since the age of 16. His musical journey began upon hearing an album of the great Wes Montgomery.  Soon after he heard Charlie “Bird” Parker and the rest is history.  He has performed in over 12 countries as a bandleader as well as a sideman with some of the best in the business. Highly versatile, he is capable of interpreting many forms and styles of music.

CONCERT II:

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present Mack Avenue Records recording star, Grammy award winning alto saxophonist, Kenny Garrett at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh.

Kenny Garrett Quintet

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, Grammy-award winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.  In his latest Mack Avenue Records release, Grammy-nominated album Pushing the World Away, Garrett had to literally  “push away” a steady flow of distractions to get to the inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule and diving deep into the essence of the music.

General Admission: $25 – $50 Tickets are available online:  http://www.showclix.com By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253

Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Ujamaa Collective (Hill District). Buy tickets for both concerts and save.  Discount available only on ShowClix.com

Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Hugh Masekela.

For more information visit  http://www.kentearts.org  or call 412.322.0292.

The program is made possible by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund and the A.W. Mellon Foundation.

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