Off Minor Jazz Series: The Ellington All-StarsSunday, April 26, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Alphabet City welcomes back the Off Minor Jazz Series. This installment will honor the music and life of Duke Ellington. Local artist Dave Watt will live paint during the program!
For this year’s Off Minor Duke Ellington Birthday celebration, we will be presenting two new additions to the Ellington All-Stars: vocalist Anqwenique, who will be featured on some rare Ellington compositions, as well showcase pianist Theron Brown throughout the program. The All-Stars will explore earlier as well as later works in the Ellington canon giving the audience as broad an exposure to Ellington’s music as possible.
Anqwenique (vocals): is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul.
Paul Cosentino (woodwinds): Specializing in classic jazz and popular music from the 1920’s- 40’s, Paul plays an antique Albert System clarinet which helps give him a wonderfully distinctive sound.
Jeff Bush (trombone): currently serves as adjunct instructor of jazz studies at Duquesne University, and has acquired many accolades throughout his musical career.
Theron Brown (piano): currently resides in Akron, Ohio, where he is a professor of Jazz Piano at Kent State University and Youngstown State University. He is immensely involved in promoting jazz and classical music.
Dwayne Dolphin (bass): plays acoustic bass and bass guitar (including piccolo bass). He has played locally in Pittsburgh from the age of 15.
Thomas Wendt (drums): has studied with master drummers Roger Humphries, Joe Harris, and Kenny Washington. Thomas maintains a busy freelancing schedule with Pittsburgh’s top jazz artists.
David Watt is a self-taught artist and designer born and raised in Pittsburgh. His work is a constantly-changing exploration of instinct and an ever-evolving conversation with self. This leads his abstractions through unexpected territories, often unfolding hidden meanings as they materialize. @davewattrules