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Month: October 2019

soulBlog: Shows of Note for this week

This week

  • Latin Night at The PA Market, 10/29
  • Jazz Listening Session + Artist Talk at August Wilson Center, 10/29
  • Miss Freddye’s Homecookin Band at Tuesday Blues Day, 10/29
  • Jazz Benefit Concert at Riverview Presbyterian Church, 10/30
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Byham, 10/30
  • Women of Visions, Inc. at Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, 11/2
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/2
  • Pitt Jazz Seminar, through 11/2

On the horizon

  • Smooth Groove Sunday Session at Rocks Landing, 11/3
  • GH3 at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 11/3
  • Alto Madness at Carnegie Library, 11/7
  • The Soul Merchants at Portogallo’s Peppers N’at, 11/7
  • Mysterious Sh*t Album Release Party at Full Pint Wild Side Pub, 11/10
  • O’Jays at Soldiers & Sailors, 11/22

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soulBlog Special: the uncut interview with Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe

On 10/26/19, you’ll hear an interview with PHJB’s leader Ben Jaffe on The Soul Show. I generally edit and post-produce ~20 minutes of phone interview down to two or three 2-minute interview segments wrapped around the artist’s music. That will happen as usual, but I decided this time to also present the uncut interview in advance of the broadcast. Ben and I covered a lot of ground, including the A Tuba to Cuba film and soundtrack; the preceding So It Is album that was influenced by a 2015 trip to the island nation; the musical ground-zeroness of NO; young bass players and their milk crates; his father; and “The Place.” Honestly, you need to hear the whole thing. TSS won’t do it, or him, justice. Enjoy.

The uncut Jaffe phone interview, recorded 10/15/19

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soulBlog: Shows of Note for this week and on the Horizon; a couple photos from KDTU

this week:

  • Birth of the Cool (Miles Davis documentary), all week
  • Smooth Groove Sunday, 10/13
  • GH3, 10/13
  • A Taste of Soul, 10/15
  • Quantum Modern Jazz Sessions, 10/16
  • Tania Grubbs, 10/16
  • Kevin Howard, 10/17
  • The Flow Band, 10/18
  • Billy Ocean, 10/19
  • Rova Saxophone Quartet, 10/20

on the horizon:

  • Paskal Niggenkemper, Ben Opie, Josh Wulff; 10/23
  • Lupe Fiasco, 10/24
  • Sembene Arts Festival, 10/24
  • Mysterious Sh*t album release party, 11/10

A few shots from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, 10/11/19 Rex Theater – some reflections in the next soulBlog.

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soulBlog: Shows of Note for this Week and on Horizon; End-of-Summer Vid Recap

Shows of Note for this Week

  • A Taste Of Soul at Genuine Pub, 10/8
  • Moonchild at Spirit, 10/9
  • Starship Mantis at Cattivo, 10/10
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Rex Theatre, 10/11 ***Recommended***
  • The Commodores at Meadows, 10/11
  • Tony Campbell at Wallace’s Whiskey Room, 10/12
  • Sinkane at Thunderbird, 10/12 ***Recommended***
  • Mathew Tembo CD Release Party, 10/12

On the Horizon

  • Rova Saxophone Quartet
  • Pascal Niggenkemper, Ben Opie, Josh Wulff
  • Lupe Fiasco at August Wilson Center
  • The O’Jays & Isley Bros at KeyBank State Theatre (Cleveland)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Brandy & Company

Over the past couple of months, there were some video snippets that I collected for a 60 Seconds of Pittsburgh medley. The artists are Gene Stovall, Afro Yaqui Music Collective, Alton Merrell & Impact, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Steeltown Horns and Billy Cobham. Enjoy the end of summer.


Jessye Norman, Hathaway at 74, Nat at 100, Hot Buttered Soul at 50, new Glasper and Third World

The Soul Show archives are available at this soulshowmike.org website. The 10/5/19 episode covered a lot of ground. Here it is if you missed it:

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