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Noel Quintana and Stanley Clarke at PIJF

As always, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival provided a solid Latin vibe. Noel Quintana, w/special guest Ray Vega of the South Bronx as well as Hugo Cruz, went wayyy over the allotted time slot. Nobody complained 🙂

Stanley Clarke wrapped up the festival with a fine band that included Cameron Graves on keys. Graves co-founded the Young Jazz Giants with West Coast players Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Ron Bruner, Jr.

‘West Coast Get Down’ special on The Soul Show’s WTJX edition

Cameron Graves with Stanley Clarke, PIJF 2019

A special that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while: a feature on the musicians in the jazz/hiphop/fusion movement in Cali known as the West Coast Get Down. If you were at Stanley Clarke’s PIJF concert on 6/23/19, you might have heard him mention it when he introduced his keyboardist Cameron Graves. Its members include Kamasi Washington, Graves, ThundercatKendrick Lamar and others. This is a level of programming effort I usually reserve for the “big brother” WYEP program, but it’s time to take WTJX up a notch. Besides, Pittsburgh can stream at or listen on demand at

The Soul Show on, Saturday 7/6/19 at 7pm Eastern: The West Coast Get Down

Pittsburgh New Music

On The Soul Show on WYEP, the “Three Rivers at Three” segment is devoted to Pittsburgh artists. Here is some of what’s coming in the next few shows:

  • Gene Stovall (he’s living in Germany these days)
  • Clara Kent
  • Chillent (live album)
  • Shanyse Strickland (with an EP release party on 7/11/19)
  • Glenn Strother

New Pittsburgh R&B radio!

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