Black History Month: Saluting Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

Black History Month: Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

The City of Pittsburgh will salute Pittsburgh Jazz Legends during its celebration of Black History Month. The virtual celebration will honor jazz musicians with Pittsburgh roots via online 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.”

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 pittsburghpa.gov/events/black-history, follow @PghEventsOffice on Twitter or LIKE @PghEventsOffice on Facebook.

Listen:

Sharynn Harper
Daughter of Jazz pianist Walt Harper

Roger Humphries
Legendary Jazz drummer
Roger tells Rick Dayton about all of his experience playing in a jazz band since he was 14 years old.

Brandon D'Alimonte
Program Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events
Brandon discusses us how Pittsburgh will honor some of its jazz legends for Black History Month.