August Wilson Center Season Starts

Posted on September 19, 2011

Our Father, Who Art Blakey
September 17, 2011 | 8 pm | $20 – $40

The 2011-2012 season kicks off with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in a celebration of the life and legacy of Art Blakey, the Pittsburgh native who blazed a trail for jazz hopefuls, and created his own style of drumming that became famous around the globe. Featuring special guest master drummers Roger Humphries, James Johnson, Cecil Brooks III and Tom Wendt, this event will celebrate Blakey’s contribution to jazz and the unique lineage of jazz drumming that emerged from the Pittsburgh region.

The August Wilson Center Family Series Presents:

SWING! Mary Lou Williams’ Musical Adventure in the Land of Oo Bla Dee
Based on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Who is Mary Lou Williams?”
September 17, 2011 | 1PM | $5

Swing with us as we discover how Mary Lou Williams, “the little piano girl from East Liberty” became the “First Lady of Jazz” and a master of ragtime, stride, boogie-woogie, bebop and beyond. Join Sean Jones and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon of fun interactive activities and deeply swinging music including, “Roll ‘Em,” “Walkin’ and Swingin’,” and “In the Land of Oo Bla Dee.”

Friday Night Jazz

Posted on July 05, 2011

Friday evenings
9:00pm – 11:00pm

Great news for Jazz Fans! The Kenny Powell Jazz Trio will be entertaining on the lake view patio at the Juniper Grill in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Kenny will feature select guest artists weekly, including vocalist Denise Sheffey and Keyboardist Joe DeFazio. We’ve found the perfect recipe for your Summer night!

Big Weekend for Jazz

Posted on April 06, 2011

Attention Jazz Fans
Have you marked your calendar for this weekend?

The Henry Mancini Arts jazzfest11.jpg Academy presents the 3rd Annual Lincoln Park Jazz Festival. Join us in the Studio Theater, at 7:30 pm Saturday April 9, 2011 when renowned saxophonist and Midland native, Dale Fielder, kicks off his new tour featuring the music of the Donald Byrd – Pepper Adams Quintet. On Sunday, April 10, 2011 the 2pm performance, in the Mainstage Theater some of the regions’s top student talent performs with master jazz artists including Ralph Guzzi, Dr. Ken Powell, David Budway, Colin Sapp, Winston MacCow, Jeff Galindo, and Tom Wendt.

Tickets are available for Adults ($10.00) and Students ($5.00) at the box office or by calling (724) 643-9004.


Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Jimmy Heath

Posted on March 31, 2011

Don’t miss a chance to see legendary Jimmy Heath direct Trumpeter jimmyheath_photographer_robertbowman-a.jpgSean Jones and his Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. The downtown concert will feature “Soulful Reflections” as well as other works.
April 2, 2011 at the August Wilson Center.

Stardust in your eyes and ears

Posted on February 20, 2011

Kenny is part of the performing ensemble, Ralph Guzzi has created to present  STARDUST “the enduring songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, with a special tribute Frank Sinatra..”  If you are a 20th Century America music fan, you have to attend.  Please, join the emcee narrated tour, through each era of popular music woven with familiar dance suites on February 25 – 27, 2011 at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

Miss America 2010 in PA

Posted on September 15, 2010

Kenny poses with Miss America 2010, Carissa Cameron at the Miss Pennsylvania “Return to Elegance” Gala.

The event, held at the Oakmont Country Club, was a scheduled performance. The chance meeting and photo opportunity with Miss Cameron was a highlight.

Kenny to judge American Idol auditions

Posted on July 14, 2010

Dr. Kenneth Powell will serve as one of the local judges for Fox’s “American Idol” open auditions on Saturday July 17 for the show’s 10th season.

The auditions will be held at Tanger Outlets, 2200 Tanger Blvd., Suite 509, in Washington, Pa.

Contestants will sing at least 30 seconds of a song of their choice a capella. Performers will be between 15 and 28 years old as of July 15 and a legal resident of the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Powell and other local judges, from WPGH Fox 53 and the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, will select one hopeful for a guaranteed audition in front of “American Idol” producers and casting executives in East Rutherford, N.J. The person selected to audition also will receive round-trip airfare for two (the performer and one guest) and one night’s accommodation in East Rutherford.

The station expects about 200 people to audition, said Dan Zimmerman of Fox 53.

Visual Melodies

Posted on May 07, 2009

dsc_0014.jpg I have always been passionate about music, but in college I found photography.  Like music; shapes, symmetry and balance formed a common thread.   Today, my camera is always with me ready to create music for the eyes and imagination.  I have added a Photography area on the site to share my point of view.