Celebration of Ornette Coleman: Night 2

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Free RSVP 2019-02-20 6:30 p.m. 2019-02-20 10 p.m. America/New_York Celebration of Ornette Coleman: Night 2 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Please join us for Night Two of our two-evening celebration of the life and work of jazz legend Ornette Coleman.

This second night will feature:

6:30 PM – Pre-concert demo lead by Sphinx Trio
7:00 PM – Sphinx Trio concert
8:15 PM  – Screening of the documentary Made in America (downstairs in the Word Cellar)

All programs are curated by Thomas Wendt and David Throckmorton.

Guests are invited to come to any portion of the program they please! So stay for a short time on any evening, or come to all the programs over two days.  Please RSVP to each night separately. 


Featured Musicians: Sphinx Trio

John Shannon, guitar
Tony DePaolis, bass
Thomas Wendt, drums


Featured Film:

Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film include William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.

Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone hoping to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 60’s and 70’s in America. It is a portrayal of the inner life of an artist-innovator.


Curated by:

David Throckmorton has performed all over the world with artists including: Maynard Ferguson, David Fiuczynski, Tony Grey, Hotei and Javon Jackson. David is 1/3 of DTC Organ Trio featuring guitarist Dan Wilson, and organist Cliff Barnes. David leads or co-leads his own ensembles including Beam, Thoth Trio, Smash Your Wagon and The David Throckmorton Quartet. David performs clinics and masterclasses worldwide and endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drumsticks.


Thomas Wendt has been playing the drums professionally since the age of 14. A graduate of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, he has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Thomas maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh’s top jazz artists such as Dwayne Dolphin, Joe Negri, Sean Jones, Dave & Maureen Budway, Kenia, the Latin jazz group, Salsamba, and the newly re-formed Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. He has also played with many visiting international artists like David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Jimmy Heath to name a few. In 2008, Thomas played on the Emmy Award winning soundtrack for the PBS documentary, “Fly Boys” and in 2010 he recorded an album featuring trombonists Jay Ashby and Steve Davis. Thomas appeared at The 2012 Litchfield Jazz Festival with jazz legend Hubert Laws and in 2013 performed with pianist Alan Broadbent for the Nyack NY Library Concert Series. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty at the Afro-American Music Institute in Homewood.

Event Details

February 20, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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