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  • Trumpeter Eddie Allen Will Win You Over

    This video features Trumpeter Eddie Allen. Known for his versatility, Eddie Allen participated in the 2010 Jazz Poetry Concert. He is also the founder of Sãlongo, a 7-piece band that brings together Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music to create a fresh and inventive sound.

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  • Terrance Hayes
    Terrance Hayes Wins National Book Award

    The poet Terrance Hayes is “bringing the National Book Award home to Pittsburgh,” as he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hayes’ Lighthead beat out the works of four other poets, including established writers such as C.D. Wright. Watch Hayes read at the 2010 Jazz Poetry Concert and read Sampsonia Way’s interview with the author.

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  • Alfred Patterson:Turned-On Trombone

    Saxophonist and Trombone player Alfred Patterson moves just as easily between musical styles: he was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, toured with the American Ballet Company, played in the pit orchestras for musicals such as “Dreamgirls” and “La Cage Aux Folles,” and jammed with the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras. In this video, Patterson discusses sound, poetry, and the nature of improvisation.

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    Saxophonist Erica Lindsay’s Love of the Moment

    In this video, Musician Erica Lindsay talks about composition, improvisation, poetry, and playing with a large band. Lindsay has been featured in the Jazz Poetry Concert series as a member of Oliver Lake’s Big Band Ensemble and is currently working on her own projects with improvised saxophone and orchestral compositions.

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  • Saxophonist Alex Harding Stuns Audience

    According to baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, if you want to know jazz, you must first know the blues. “The blues is what this music is about. Period,” he said during rehearsal for City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s 2010 Jazz Poetry festival. In this video, Harding explains how the sound of the sax emanates from the same place as the human voice and reflects on the rich jazz legacy of rust belt cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit.

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  • The Audacity of a Cuban Curator
    The Audacity of a Cuban Curator

    Organizing the exhibition “Queloides: Racism and Race in Cuban Contemporary Art” has been a mix of obstacles, audacity, and adventure. The Mattress Factory Museum exhibit was first shown earlier this year in Havana and the curator Alejandro de la Fuente was unable to attend. He was banned from Cuba and later expelled from the country when he tried to visit family in Havana.

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  • Sampsonia Way Celebrates Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
    Sampsonia Way Celebrates Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize

    When the Nobel Foundation announced that Chinese intellectual and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Peace Prize, we celebrated at Sampsonia Way. The prize committee lauded Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” We hoped this would help the jailed writer gain his freedom. However, the announcement ignited a furious response from China.

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