Bill Charlap stops by with Marty Ashby in the MCG Jazz Spotlight
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by Scott Hanley
2d ago
Pianist Bill Charlap stops by for a visit with Marty Ashby in the MCG Jazz Spotlight. Bill shares some one biggest influences and favorite artists - including Miles Davis, Weather Report, Wynton Marsalis, Earl Hines and Bill Charlap’s wife, pianist and composer Renee Rosnes. The MCG Jazz Spotlight, 6pm Friday and Sunday, Saturday afternoon at 1 on WZUM ..read more
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You Must Believe in Spring on the Scene on WZUM - Jazz Ahead
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by Scott Hanley
1w ago
Spring is not here. But it is coming - and there’s a great number of shows to look forward to on the Pittsburgh Scene in the days and weeks ahead. Depending on the Groundhog and February 2nd, we’ll see about how soon “Spring” is included in the Pittsburgh Jazz Forecast! Lakecia Benjamin is not from Pittsburgh - but she made a triumphant performance in 2021 at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival after a frightening car accident in Cleveland when she was there to perform at the Tri C Jazz Festival. Injured and working through pain, she gave a wonderful performance in Pittsburgh. Lakecia h ..read more
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"This is Triumphant Music" - Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Inaugural JazzFest Berlin, 1964
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by Scott Hanley
1w ago
Nobel Foundation Public Domain January 1964 As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we look back to his writings about Jazz for the first-ever Berlin JazzFest in 1964. Dr. King’s Essay on the importance of Jazz to humanity and the Civil Rights movement was not a speech, but it was written at the request of the festival organizers. The lineup of the 1964 Festival included: Meade Lux Lewis; The Miles Davis Quintet; the Coleman Hawkins-Harry Edison Swing All-Stars featuring Jimmy Rushing; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Roland Kirk; the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and much more. There are many articles clai ..read more
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The Rhythm Section's singers with Thomas Wendt and Tony DePaolis in the MCGJazz Spotlight
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by Scott Hanley
2w ago
The Rhythm Section's singers with Thomas Wendt and Tony DePaolis in the MCGJazz Spotlight Guests hosts - drummer Thomas Wendt and bassist Tony DePaolis join Marty Ashby to discuss their favorite jazz vocalists on this week's MCG Jazz Spotlight Show. The three of them dig deep into the likes of Jo Stafford, Sandy Staley & Flo Cassinelli, Roberta Peck, Roberta Flack with Quincy Jones and more. Friday and Sunday night at 6, and 1pm, Saturday on WZUM. Tony DePaolis and Thomas Wendt ..read more
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A New Jazz Release Potpourri on the Scene on WZUM
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by Scott Hanley
2w ago
There are a lot of new jazz releases out - and many with a Pittsburgh connection - we play a few of them this time around on the SCENE It includes the new release by Eli Naragon - called “Homage” - which has a CD Release event Friday night a Con Alma at 10. The recording includes Roger Humphries, Sr on drums, Tommy Lehman on trumpet, Theron Brown on piano, Jeff Bush on trombone, Chris Coles on saxophone, and an appearance by percussionist Jamey Haddad. Many of those same artists will be at the Lighthouse Arts event Sunday night at City of Asylum / Alphabet City on the North Side with three Gen ..read more
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January Jazz Birthdays in the MCGJazz Spotlight
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by Scott Hanley
3w ago
This week on the MCG Jazz Spotlight Show, hosts Marty Ashby and Renée Govanucci celebrate the the birthdays and music of many jazz notables. Featuring music from artists from Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli to Lee Ritenour, plus Max Roach, JJ Johnson, Gary Burton, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Roy Eldridge, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more. You bring the candles and cake, we’ll handle the music on the MCG Jazz Spotlight Show Birthday party for January. Friday and Sunday night at 6, and 1pm, Saturday on WZUM ..read more
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Kate Borger Counts to Ten - "Rhythm-a-ning" on WZUM
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by Scott Hanley
3w ago
This week on "Rhythm-a-ning," Kate Borger goes from 1 to 10 - from solo piano jazz with Art Tatum to a the Phil Norman Tentet. In between, sounds with: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; the Modern Jazz Quartet; the women of the sextet Lioness and the septet Artemis and much more. It’s math AND it’s music this week with Kate Borger on Rhythm-a-ning with Kate Borger. Friday morning at 10:00 and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. Show playlist Art Tatum - William P Gottleib Collection, Library of Congress Kate Borger, WZUM ..read more
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Memories Past and Future on the Scene
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by Scott Hanley
3w ago
Looking back to 2022, there were passings of jazz artists we remember - and also looking forward to the legacy that continues. Originally, we were going to do a show about artists who passed away - especially from a Pittsburgh perspective, but as we started to put things together we though remembrance with a nod to the future was more appropriate - especially with a Pittsburgh connection we were pleased to revisit. Pittsburgh born and raised bassist, teacher and producer Mickey Bass died in New York February 4, 2022. He was 78. A graduate of Schenley High School, Bass did not record often as a ..read more
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Jazz releases of 2022 in Review on the MCG Jazz Spotlight Show
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by Scott Hanley
1M ago
Looking back on 2022, Marty Ashby and Renee Govanucci review some notable jazz releases of the year on the MCG Jazz Spotlight Show. Hear tracks by Samara Joy, Deanna Witkowski, Nicole Henry, Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force, Craig Davis, Pasquale Grasso, Steve Davis, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Joey DeFrancesco, Bill Heid and Nicole Henry. There were hundreds of recordings released in the year - and many of the top ones on the JazzWeek list as aired on WZUM and other stations have a Pittsburgh connection, too! Friday and Sunday night at 6, Saturday at 1pm on WZUM, the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. B ..read more
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A Brief Look at 2022 on the Scene on WZUM
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by Scott Hanley
1M ago
As 2022 winds to a close, we are astounded at how quickly it passed by - and how resurgent the jazz scene proved to be. If you look at the monthly calendar for Jazz Central, the number of live events was astounding. Also, a number of performers and composers with Pittsburgh connections had new recordings and projects out that were quite notable. Add in the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, MCG Jazz, the Monroeville Jazz Festival, Kente Arts, BPEP Jazz the Uhuru series at the August Wilson Center, Alphabet City, a strong showing by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and many clubs and venues ..read more
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