Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

 

Event Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

 

Kente Arts Alliance Presents the Billy Harper Sextet, Pittsburgh

 

As a teacher and lecturer, Harper has taught at Livingston College, Rutgers University, and The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has also received a special grant from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts to teach improvisation at 15 high schools.

 

 

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2015 - On Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8 pm, the Kente Arts Alliance will present Billy Harper Sextet at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  
 
“On stage, Billy Harper puts his lips to the tenor saxophone, stands relatively erect and sings through his horn; a strong, angular, muscular sound. There’s little physical gesticulation, belying the effort it takes to express feelings and emotions through the instrument. But Harper's creative statements demand attention.” All About Jazz,   R.J. Leluke, Published: November 19, 2014.


Billy Harper has been a major voice on the saxophone for decades.  It's a career where Harper, a born musician who started singing while in diapers, has shown remarkable persistence. A self-taught saxophonist in the beginning, he honed his chops so well that he eventually entered the prestigious music program at North Texas State University. But it was during a time of segregation and there were tough things to deal with. He persevered and went on to lead his own groups in a number of formations.  In the Pittsburgh engagement, he will be performing with his star-studded sextet. 


Throughout Harper's career, there has been a pattern of spiritual growth and innovation. Says Harper: "My feeling is that music should have a purpose. In the past, it always has been used for healing and uplifting and meditation. And that's the way I see my music. I've had people come up after a program to tell me that they felt a spiritual healing from the music. When that happens, then I feel we're fulfilling what we're supposed to do. If people are entertained, that's ok too. But I certainly see a purpose in my music beyond that."


As a teacher and lecturer, Harper has taught at Livingston College, Rutgers University, and The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has also received a special grant from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts to teach improvisation at 15 high schools. Awards and honors included three Music Composition Grants; two from the National Endowment of the Arts, and one from the Creative Arts Program. He also received the International Critics Award for Tenor Saxophone for two years consecutively.
 
Billy Harper Sextet
Harper leads or participates in many groups.   This Pittsburgh engagement will feature his star-studded sextet which consists of:
Francesca Tanksley, piano
Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone
Aaron Scott, drums
Michael Bowie, bass
Billy Harper, tenor saxophone
 
General Admission: $30 - $40. Tickets are available online: 
www.showclix.com or by phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Jamil’s Global Village, East Liberty.

For more information visit:  www.kentearts.org or call 412.322.0292.

 

Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, and Randy Weston. The program is made possible in part by generous grants from The Heinz Endowments, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund. 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Gail Austin or K. Mensah Wali

Email: gail@kentearts.org

Phone: (412) 322-0292

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Kente Arts Alliance

1212 Manhattan Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15233

Web: www.kentearts.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Billy Harper Sextet

Event Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Event Location: 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Admission: $30 - $40. Tickets are available online:  www.showclix.com or by phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Jamil’s Global Village, East Liberty.

Web: www.kentearts.org

Contact: Gail Austin or K. Mensah Wali, gail@kentearts.org, (412) 322-0292

Description: On Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8 pm, the Kente Arts Alliance will present Billy Harper Sextet at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. “On stage, Billy Harper puts his lips to the tenor saxophone, stands relatively erect and sings through his horn; a strong, angular, muscular sound. There’s little physical gesticulation, belying the effort it takes to express feelings and emotions through the instrument. But Harper's creative statements demand attention.” All About Jazz,   R.J. Leluke, Published: November 19, 2014.

 


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