Steve Turre Quintet concert in tribute of Roy Eldridge
(Published: April 14, 2008)
PITTSBURGH, PA - March 3, 2008 - Kente Arts Alliance will present its last installment of the Jazz Legacy Series-the Pittsburgh Connection. The concert will feature the Steve Turre Quintet. The concert will pay tribute to Pittsburgh-born trumpet legend Roy Eldridge. The tribute is in keeping with the year-long celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary.
The concert will be held Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (East Liberty), at 8 PM.
April has been declared Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). In commemoration of JAM, Kente Arts Alliance is presenting Steve Turre in concert. One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and sea shellist Steve Turre has consistently won both the Reader's and Critics Polls in Jazz Times, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (sea shells). In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre leads several different ensembles. In his Pittsburgh appearance, Turre will be accompanied by a fine complement of musicians: Buster Williams, bass; Ronnie Matthews, piano; Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Dion Parson, drums.
In 1972 Steve Turre's career took off when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced him to the seashell as an instrument. While touring in Mexico City with Woody Shaw, Turre's relatives informed him that his Mexican ancestors similarly played the shells. Since then, Turre has incorporated seashells into his diverse musical style.
Steve Turre continually evolves as a musician and arranger. He has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future. For more information visit: www.steveturre.com
Roy Eldridge (1911 - 1989) aka "Little Jazz", was born and raised 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.
Tickets will be available through ProArtsTickets:
On-Line at: www.proartstickets.org or By Phone: 412-394-3353.
Advanced purchase: $25; At the door: $30; Group ticket sales: $20.
Advanced purchase tickets will also be available at Dorsey's Record Shop in Homewood, Stedeford's on the Northside, and Paul's CDs in Bloomfield. Group tickets are only available through ProArts.
The Band will conduct a free Jazz Workshop for Youth at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater from 2 - 3 PM. All youth K - 12 are invited to attend.
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Kente Arts Alliance is a not-profit corporation with a 501 © iii status. This program is made possible through support from: The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the POISE Foundation and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. DUQ 90.5 FM is the Media Sponsor for the concert.
More Information: http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org
Submitted By: Allison Ruppert