2019 MCG Jazz Legends and Spirit to Spirit

Every year MCG Jazz honors five individuals for their lifetime of work and dedication to jazz and the local jazz community. I was honored to be selected in this year’s group of inductees as a Pittsburgh Jazz Legend. Along with me were percussionist George Jones, drummer Chuck Spatafore, saxophonist Lou Stellute and guitarist Mark Strickland. At the ceremony which was held at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild a new book, “Spirit to Spirit: A Portrait of Pittsburgh Jazz in the New Century” was debuted. Author Abby Mendelson, photographer David Aschkenas, designer David Wachter collaborated to put together a book of interviews, photos, and information about what makes Pittsburgh jazz what it is. Abby interviewed me and included a section for me.


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