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Live from Alphabet City: Off Minor Jazz Series

Aug 24, 2020 - Aug 24, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Benny Carter’s 1961 recording, Further Definitions, stands as one of the great intergenerational and interracial documents in Jazz. Featuring four saxophonists: Charlie Rouse (from Thelonious Monk’s band), studio veteran Phil Woods, the Father of the tenor saxophone, Coleman Hawkins, and Carter, it was a revisiting of a concept Carter came up with for an April 1937 recording in Paris that also featured four saxophonists (Hawkins was on this date, as well). The rhythm section on Further Definitions was also incredibly diverse: mainstream pianist Dick Katz, John Collins (of the late Swing Era) on guitar, bassist Jimmy Garrison (from John Coltrane’s group) and the father of modern Jazz drumming, Jo Jones. Carter’s writing for the saxophone section is unparalleled and is still revered and studied today. Benny Carter’s nickname was  “King” and Further Definitions is one of the reasons why!

Lynn Speakman – alto saxophone
Chris Coles – alto saxophone
Paul Cosentino – tenor saxophone
Joseph Seman – tenor Saxophone
Alton Merrell – piano
Tony DePaolis – bass
Thomas Wendt – drums

The Off Minor Jazz Series highlights the music of legendary jazz composers and players. The series has been curated by drummer Thomas Wendt, who puts together specialized musicians for each concert. 


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