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Month: January 2019

JazzLive’s 15th, Phil Kirkland’s new album, Lettuce w/Nigel Hall, Shanyse Strickland at CMOA, Howie at Backstage, PIJF, …

JazzLive’s 15th Anniversary, 1/15/19

Terri Bell, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust VP, gave us a night to remember at Greer Cabaret Theater. Packed house, Roger Humphries and maybe all of his friends, food/refreshments and a beautiful commemorative mug to take home.

Phil Kirkland’s “Over & Under the Influence”

I’ve been following Phil Kirkland’s work over the past 6 months leading up to the release of his new album, whose first single debuts on or about Valentine’s Day. Phil recorded at Heid, then mastered at Daniel May’s studio in McCandless. We spent some time together on January 15th, and here is some of the footage + interview. More to come, including the upcoming first listen on The Soul Show and longer excerpts from our dialogue.

Phil Kirkland in Final Album Mastering

Lettuce at the Rex, 1/18/19

This is a follow-up to my last blog about Nigel Hall and Lettuce – just some footage from the event. High-energy show as always.

Lettuce, 1/18/19

Shanyse Strickland, Carnegie Museum of Art 1/20/19

Shanyse Strickland, Carnegie Museum of Art

Shanyse Strickland was introduced to me by the Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. She is a multi-instrumentalist and graduate assistant at Duquesne University. We did a photo and video shoot as she performed solo French horn and flute at CMOA. What a beautiful space filled with beautiful sounds. Shanyse and I are planning a full interview in the near future.


Howie Alexander & Co. at Backstage Bar, January 22

Howie Alexander’s trio gave us a time warp with late-January holiday music at the end of the reel below:

Backstage Bar w/Howie Alexander

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival lineup

Here we go!

Up next…..

  • The Bad Plus at AWC
  • Jasmine Tate’s brand new extended single
  • Bass & Treble
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Concert Calendar Improvements & Updates

The soulshowmike.org Concert Calendar is being set up for direct artist/venue input. Sembéne Film Festival is loading their 30+ showings right now, including the ones next week. Lee Robinson & ISKA is also part of the beta testing. Rick Matt has spun off from from Steeltown Horns with his own quartet, and Steeltown has now added “with Friends” to their lineup. Both play tonight – click below for details.

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LAS: Songs In The Key Of Life / Tana Reunion / Festival Parade in St. Croix

Since July 2018, Grey Area Productions has been presenting the Legendary Album Series at the Rex. GAP conceived it as an innovative way to connect Pittsburgh artists with collaborative projects. This time it was Devan Rue, Beni Rossman, Lyndsey Smith, Roger Romero and a host of others presenting Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life.”

“Songs” is a double-plus album with well over 20 tracks, and all were presented. You’ll see in the video that artists had to peek at their tablets occasionally for the expansive lyrics 🙂 It was a fine effort by such an ensemble cast. The crowd was clearly impressed and immersed.

The sixth installment of LAS will be Bob Marley’s “Rastaman Vibration” and “Kaya.” Check the calendar on soulshowmike.org for details.


Tana Reunion, 12/26/18

For many of you, the Tuesday jam at Tana Ethiopian Restaurant in East Liberty was a music staple for a five- or six-year stretch. For the first time since it ended two years ago, many of the alumni gathered for a reunion at The Genuine Pub. John Hall, Mark Lucas, Chuck Anderson, Max Leake and Brian Bullard kicked it off, and other folks stepped in throughout the evening . That’s Staciawa Abbott providing vocals in the short vid.


Holiday Season in St. Croix

Here is a quick view of the January 5th Festival Parade in Frederiksted, St. Croix, where I spent part of my childhood. The men on stilts are our fabled Moko Jumbies. Enjoy!

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Calendar Updates!

I’m just getting back from St. Croix, and the Pittsburgh calendar is now updated with a lot of January and February offerings: Stanley Jordan (highly recommended), Joy Ike (1/11/19!), Be Bop in Mt. Lebanon with Tom Wendt, Clint Hoover, a lecture by Trayvon Martin’s mother, Jeff Goldblum, a new Legendary Album Series installment (Marley’s “Rastaman Vibration” and “Kaya”), and more. Click on the Concert Calendar menu for details.

Next up: Video highlights from late December’s Stevie Wonder L.A.S. and from the St. Croix Festival Parade on 1/5/18.

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