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Studio Summer Jazz Series: “Jazz in the Hill”

June 6 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a special kick-off event that marks the beginning of our new Studio Summer Jazz Series. Musician and author Colter Harper presents a joint concert and discussion based on his recently released book “Jazz in the Hill: Nighlight and Narratives of a Pittsburgh Neighborhood.” 

For the musical portion of the evening, Colter will be joined by vocalist Treasure Treasure with Denzel Chismar-Oliver on bass and drummer James Johnson III playing the music of Abbey Lincoln, Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, and Ornette Coleman. 

Complimentary snacks. Beer and wine by donation.
Doors open at 6:30 pm || Event begins at 7:00 pm
$20 in Advance || $25 at the Door

Outside alcohol/BYOB is not permitted.
All ticket sales are final.

Jazz in the Hill
Nightlife and Narratives of a Pittsburgh Neighborhood

From the 1920s through the 1960s, Pittsburgh’s Hill District was the heart of the city’s Black cultural life and home to a vibrant jazz scene. In Jazz in the Hill: Nightlife and Narratives of a Pittsburgh Neighborhood, Colter Harper looks at how jazz shaped the neighborhood and created a way of life. Beyond backdrops for remarkable careers, jazz clubs sparked the development of a self-determined African American community. In delving into the history of entrepreneurialism, placemaking, labor organizing, and critical listening in the Hill District, Harper forges connections to larger political contexts, processes of urban development, and civil rights struggles.

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