Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Watch: Pittsburgh's Jazz Legacy

Musicians such as George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams as well as Joe Negri and Roger Humphries, all Pittsburghers, are featured in a new film to be broadcast on WQED.




Photo by Chuck Stewart provided by Fireball Entertainment Group

 

A new documentary premiering this month on WQED will examine the lives and legacies of many great jazz musicians who share one thing in common: they’re all from Pittsburgh.

“We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told” documents the history of jazz in the city, most notably in the Hill District, where many musicians got their start. It was written, directed and co-produced (with Marty Ashby from MCG Jazz) by Pittsburgh writer and filmmaker Jeff Sewald.

“It’s a story that has been around … but I don’t think a lot of Pittsburghers knew about it,” he says. “And I think it might be a surprise to people who lived here that we have this jazz history that goes far beyond the run-of-the-mill.”

Musicians such as George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams as well as Joe Negri and Roger Humphries, all Pittsburghers, are featured in the film.

The documentary will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 with an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. American Public Television will distribute the film, which will be broadcast around the country on public TV stations during Black History Month and beyond.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Now Open Downtown: Magic Done Right

Liberty Magic, the new venue in the Cultural District, is all about perfect presentation.

Our Full 2019 Oscar Predictions

Somewhere beneath all the headlines and controversies, there are actual awards to hand out.

The 400-Word Review: Paddleton

The Ray Romano/Mark Duplass dramedy is heartbreaking, but absolutely worth watching.

Perspectives: ‘He Wants to Talk to Ms. Betty’

An encounter at a healing garden in Larimer leads the writer to reflect on his own connection to others.

Astroid Brings Dialed-In Coffee to the South Side

Manager Emerson Graham's detailed approach to crafting a beverage makes for a tasty experience.

Watch: The First Episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The landmark childrens television series was first broadcast 51 years ago this week.

Sweet Designs: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner and Runners-Up

These Pittsburgh couples certainly know how to bring the cookie table tradition to life.

Skip the Gift at this Wedding at the Carnegie Museum of Art

In a romantic twist on its Third Thursday events, the Carnegie Museum of Art is throwing a wedding this week, and everyone in Pittsburgh is invited.

See What Piece of Pittsburgh is Going to the Moon

Of all of the items proposed, this one earned the most votes.

The 5 Best Seats at PPG Paints Arena

From ultra-premium experiences to bargains with great views, here are five perfect places to watch the Pens.

Lawrenceville Distilling Co. Introduces Its Absinthe

Already known for its Parking Chair vodka, the Lawrenceville distillery introduces absinthe named for a haunted house.

What Brought Walt Disney to Pittsburgh

A futuristic attraction at the Allegheny County Fair drew a curious Walt Disney to Pittsburgh — and had a lasting impact on modern transportation.

Writer Damon Young on "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker"

The co-founder of Very Smart Brothas chats about his new memoir — and the state of Pittsburgh.

Makeup Makers: More Beauty Brands are Coming out of Pittsburgh

A pair of local businesses are breaking into the health and beauty business with innovation and tenacity.

How Well Do You Know Pittsburgh?

What do you know about the fountain of youth in North Park? The relics at St. Anthony’s? The history of Pittsburghese? We bring you all this and more in our guide to Pittsburgh lore full of insider info and fun facts. Plus, take our quizzes to test your expertise of all things Pittsburgh.