Listen Locally Roger Humphries and RH Factor
Art Blakey Tribute
Friday, December 27, 8:00pm
Join us this holiday season for a spectacular evening in celebration of two Pittsburgh Jazz legends in Roger Humphries and RH Factor’s Tribute to Art Blakey with special guest, Brazilian vocalist, Kenia.
Art Blakey, born in Pittsburgh in 1919, was profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. Legend has it that Blakey started his music career as a teenager on piano and was switched to drums – at gunpoint by a club owner – to clear the piano for a young Erroll Garner. Regardless of how he found his way to the drum set, Blakey went on to become a prominent name in jazz with his band, the Jazz Messengers.
Roger Humphries is a household name in Pittsburgh. He is rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the business today. He credits Blakey with “teaching (him) how to swing.” Like Blakey, Roger Humphries began playing professionally as a teenager. A loving husband, father and doting grandfather to a large extended family, he resides in Pittsburgh with his wife. Roger Humphries is truly a living legend, and an example of how jazz is life: pure, authentic and powerful.
Get a head start to the New Year’s Eve celebration with a fabulous and affordable night at Carnegie Carnegie Hall. Come out for an evening of cool sophistication, without all the fuss, hassle and expense of too many New Year’s Eve outings.
Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Click here to purchase tickets or call 1-800-838-3006.
About the artist:
Humphries has provided the rhythmic beat for such greats as Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, Lee Morgan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Green, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Milton Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Nathan Davis, Pete Henderson, Don Patterson, Gene Harris, Grant Green, George Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Dogget, Jack McDuff, and a list of great musicians that goes on and on and on.