The City of Pittsburgh’s celebration of Black History Month will salute PITTSBURGH JAZZ LEGENDS throughout February 2021.
The tribute – taking place in virtual format via website and social media posts – will feature an overview of Pittsburgh’s jazz history, performer interviews, artist profiles and performance videos.
“We salute Pittsburgh’s jazz influence and recognize how over the past century, dozens of nightclubs in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, such as the Crawford Grill, supported a vibrant jazz scene,” said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. “These clubs created a rich musical culture in Pittsburgh’s black community that produced an extraordinary number of jazz legends.”
The virtual celebration will honor jazz musicians with Pittsburgh roots including Earl Hines, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine, Art Blakey, Walt Harper, Ahmad Jamal, George Benson and Roger Humphries.
“Throughout February, our Black History Month celebration will spotlight many of these jazz legends and even allow us to hear from a handful of musicians who grew up in Pittsburgh’s jazz community,” according to Mayor Peduto.
An interview with percussionist Roger Humphries will launch a weekly series of recorded Zoom interviews.
PITTSBURGH JAZZ LEGENDS is presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events in partnership with KDKA Radio.
To take part in the celebration, visit www.pittsburghpa.gov/events/black-history, follow @PghEventsOffice on Twitter or LIKE @PghEventsOffice on Facebook.