Jazz Poetry Month: Off Minor Jazz "nat King Cole, The Pianist" Ft. Poets Mónica Teresa Ortiz, Grace Shuyi Liew, Mansur Rajih, & Sara Borjas at City Of Asylum @ Alphabet City

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Allison Ruppert uploaded this event on September 10, 2020


City Of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Jazz Poetry Month: Off Minor Jazz


Wed, September 16, 2020
7:00 pm

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Singer and composer Nat “King” Cole is undoubtedly one of America’s most identifiable and beloved musicians. His silken voice helped jazz gain wider popularity. But Cole was also an elegant keyboard player whose innovative groups popularized the jazz piano trio. Additionally, he was an influential figure in the struggle for racial equality—he was the first Black American to have his own television show. It only lasted one season, as he could not secure a sponsor. This concert will highlight Cole’s early trio and explore his piano music.

The Off Minor Jazz Series is a season of thematic jazz programs that focus on legendary musicians or specific techniques. These concerts offer musicians the opportunity to experiment and innovate in a format rarely heard in traditional jazz clubs. They also feature an educational component and further connect audiences, artists, and jazz history. In signature Off-Minor style, in this concert, drummer/curator Tom Wendtwill tell us more about Cole’s history with the racial justice movement. ...

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