Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: March 10, 2017 and April 29, 2017

 

Kente Arts Alliance Presents its Spring Jazz Concert Series, Pittsburgh

 

The series features the Whitfield Family Band and the Mark Strickland Quartet and the  Terell Stafford Quintet featuring Tim Warfield.

 

The Whitfield Family Band

 

Terell Stafford

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 24, 2017 - On Friday, March 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present the Whitfield Family Band at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  Opening for the Whitfield Family Band will be the Mark Strickland Quartet.  On Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present the Terell Stafford Quintet at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 
 
Mark Whitfield
Considered the Best Guitarist in the Business by the NYT, Mark Whitfield has collaborated with such notables as Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight and Wynton Marsalis.  He credits George Benson as being his greatest teacher and mentor.  In this Pittsburgh engagement, he will perform with The Whitfield Family Band which includes his two sons:  Grammy nominated drummer, Mark Whitfield, Jr. and pianist Davis Whitfield.  Bassist Luques Curtis will round out the quartet. 
 
 
Mark Strickland Quartet
Opening for the Whitfield Family Band will be the Mark Strickland Quartet.  Strickland began playing guitar in Pittsburgh in 1963.  He was mentored by both R&B and jazz greats such as Luther Dejarunett, Pete Henderson and J. Spencer Bey.  He is also an accomplished sound engineer having worked on projects for Dizzy Gillespie, Dakota Staton, Tommy Flanagan and Jimmy Smith.  Currently, Mark maintains a full-time performance schedule as a jazz guitarist and music educator.
 
Terell Stafford Quintet with Tim Warfield
Terell Stafford is an acclaimed trumpet player who has been hailed by piano legend McCoy Tyner as “one of the great players of our time”.  Stafford can be heard performing on over 130 albums.  He combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism.  Saxophonist Tim Warfield, his longtime musical collaborator, will join him in this Pittsburgh engagement.
 
Tickets: General Admission: $30 - $50. A special discount price is available for patrons who purchase tickets for both concerts through ShowClix. Tickets are available online: 
www.showclix.com; By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood) and Dave’s Music Mine – South Side.
 
Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then Kente has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, Billy Harper, Lizz Wright, Randy Weston, Sun Ra Arkestra and the Third World Reggae Band.  
 
For more information visit: 
www.kentearts.org  or call 412.322.0292.
 
These programs are made possible in part by generous grants from the Opportunity Fund, The Heinz Endowments, and Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund. 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Mensah Wali

Email: gail@kentearts.org

Phone: (412) 322-0292

 

Kente Arts Alliance

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Web: www.KenteArts.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Kente Arts Alliance Spring Jazz Concert Series

Event Date: March 10, 2017 and April 29, 2017

Event Location: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater And New Hazlett Theater

Admission: General Admission: $30 - $50. A special discount price is available for patrons who purchase tickets for both concerts through ShowClix. Tickets are available online:  www.showclix.com; By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood) and Dave’s Music Mine – South Side.

Web: www.KenteArts.org

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

Description: On Friday, March 10, 2017, at 7:30 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present the Whitfield Family Band at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  Opening for the Whitfield Family Band will be the Mark Strickland Quartet.  On Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8:00 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present the Terell Stafford Quintet at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. General Admission: $30 - $50. A special discount price is available for patrons who purchase tickets for both concerts through ShowClix. Tickets are available online: www.showclix.com; By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood) and Dave’s Music Mine – South Side.   Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then Kente has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, Billy Harper, Lizz Wright, Randy Weston, Sun Ra Arkestra and the Third World Reggae Band. 

 


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