Thursday night at 6, repeated Sunday at 5 on “THE SCENE” on WZUM - we look at a great week fo jazz ahead - the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer, August 17-25
JazzPGH.org is a collaborative effort to help point attention to the amazing and growing jazz scene in Pittsburgh.
Months ago, this volunteer consortium presenters, performers and jazz advocates picked the dates August 17-25 to highlight the summer jazz scene (WZUM is a part of this consortium). We knew that that week included the Monroeville Jazz Festival and the Manhattan Transfer at Hartwood Acres, but we were just going to have to hope that the Pittsburgh jazz scene would continue to stay strong, as it had been for our first “Jazz Days of Summer” in 2018.
Jazz did not let any of us down.
If you visit jazzpgh.org, you will see the impressive poster of jazz events, enough to make any jazz fan proud. If you then pop over to WZUM’s updated jazz central calendar - the term “gobsmacked” would be appropriate.
The latest talley is more than 70 jazz performances during the 8 days of this “mini festival” of jazz.
Added in to this mix, the special preview day of Piano Day Pittsburgh, August 24th - and many great jazz pianists performing for Piano Day in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, August 25th.
Also, we remember two traditional jazz artists who passed away, recently: Clarinet and sax master Bob Wilber, and Jim Cullum, the band leader for the public radio program “Riverwalk Jazz” which we used to play on the old WDUQ back in the day. While Jim’s program left the airwaves years ago, Jim was still active on the San Antonio Jazz Scene in recent years.
You can still hear the radio show “Riverwalk” through the donated archives of the show to Stanford University. Click here for some streams of the show, back to back in a continuous, ongoing feed of HUNDREDS of hours of programs.
We salute and celebrate it all - on the radio and online on WZUM!