I love listening to jazz, but I also love reading about jazz. I’ll read just about any jazz biography I can get my hands on, and I can’t get enough … Continue Reading Artists Talks: Mike Malone and Brownman Ali
Once I passed trick-or-treating age (the acceptable upper limit for trick-or-treating is twelve) I think that Thanksgiving slowly started to overtake Halloween in my heart. Maybe it’s because I began … Continue Reading SCJF Halloween Special: The Koopa Troop & The Orechin/Rosselli/Castelli Trio
Is year four too early to start reminiscing about earlier iterations of the festival? I’m going to risk it. Long long ago in 2013, when the Steel City Jazz Festival … Continue Reading Jazz Vocalists: The Aubrey Wilson Quartet & The Ault Sisters October 29th at Artword Artbar
We’ve asked bassist, composer and Steel City Jazz Festival-organizer Brad Cheeseman to share his thoughts on this very exciting show. Here’s Brad! In 2008, I went to the old Pepper … Continue Reading Lewis.Brown: An Evening with Rich Brown and Larnell Lewis October 28th
One of the highlights for me each year of the Steel City Jazz Festival is hearing music that the artists have composed themselves. Of course like any jazz fan I … Continue Reading Kite Trio & The Brad Cheeseman Trio October 27th
When the planning for the very first Steel City Jazz Festival began in 2012, I was very fortunate to have the help of Jazz Connection Big Band leader Simon Wheeldon … Continue Reading 2016 Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence: Mike Malone
I can remember how good it felt the first time I played music that actually made people get up and dance. I was in playing in a big band at … Continue Reading Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats November 2nd: Co-Presented with the Hammer Hoppers
School starts tomorrow, so even though summer technically has a few weeks left to go I know I’m not alone in thinking that fall is more or less here. I … Continue Reading 2016 SCJF Opening Night: Andrew Downing’s Otterville October 26
The 2015 Steel City Jazz Festival wrapped up yesterday; what an amazing two weeks! Thank you to all the musicians and listeners for making this little festival feel big and … Continue Reading See you next year!
Halloween hasn’t even come yet, so I know it’s offside to start talking about Christmas, but indulge me here for a second. On Christmas Eve, 1964 Wayne Shorter headed to … Continue Reading ‘Speak No Evil’ Live with the Chris Bruder Quintet October 29th
I’d say that Halloween is the holiday most associated with getting up to no good (although St Patrick’s day might give it a run for its money), so I think … Continue Reading The Jazz Connection Big Band Devil’s Night Bonanza October 30th
Nobody wants to listen to jazz music on an empty stomach. There’s at least two or three stories (myths?) about Charles Mingus eating steak for a reason. Those who know … Continue Reading Where to Eat Before (and After) the Show: 2015 Edition
It might seem like a bold claim, but videogame music is some of the most influential music of the past 30 years. For millions of kids, myself included, the music … Continue Reading The Koopa Troop: FREE Matinee Performance October 24 at the Pearl Company!
One of the most popular performances at the 2014 Steel City Jazz Festival was undoubtedly our Latin Jazz night, featuring vocalist Ashley St-Pierre and a band led by the fantastic … Continue Reading Tjaderama: The Music of Cal Tjader October 25th
There is a definite tribute streak through this year’s Steel City Jazz Festival. I think the jazz impulse towards ‘tributes’ is an acknowledgment that your musical history matters; just like … Continue Reading Intercurrents: Roy Patterson and Brian Dickinson Play the Music of Bill Evans and Jim Hall
The notion of jazz musicians playing pop music somehow always seems slightly controversial, at least in some of the deeper (ahem, insulated) realms of jazz. I find this point of … Continue Reading Smordin Law Artist-in-Residence Series: The Worst Pop Band Ever Saturday, October 24th