Sunday, April 6, 2008

Kente Arts Alliance presents A Tribute to Roy Eldridge, Kelly Strayhorn Theater April 19 2008

Honoring a jazz legend: The late, great Pittsburgh trumpet player Roy Eldridge...

Kente Arts Alliance presents A Tribute to Roy Eldridge

Featuring Steve Turre Quintet

Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, Phone: (412) 363-3000 5941 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Tickets: $25 general admission in advance; $30 at the door; $20 (for groups of 15 or more - only in advance and through ProArts Tickets) Available: ProArts Tickets 412-394-3353 or ; Dorsey's Records (Homewood); Paul's CDs (Bloomfield); Stedeford's (Northside)

One of the world's most preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and sea shellist, Steve Torre has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for best trombone and for best miscellaneous instrumentalist (shells). Roy Eldridge (1911 - 1989) aka "Little Jazz", was born and reared in Pittsburgh, and is considered one of the greatest trumpet players in jazz history. His range and rhythmic skill made him perhaps the finest trumpeter of the swing era of the 1930's. His sophisticated use of harmony resulted in him sometimes being seen as the link between Louis Armstrong-era swing music and Dizzy Gillespie-era bebop. The band will conduct a free Jazz Workshop for Youth at the theater, 2 -3 PM. For more information call 412-322-0292.

Also a good article on music promoter K. Mensah Wali by Pittsburgh Tribune Writer Bob Karlovits


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