Billy Harper stars in a fundraiser at the August Wilson Center, and AL’an Ruben’s Bar & Grille features Wednesday-night entertainment

Billy Harper And His Quintet: Jan. 17

The Afro-American Music Institute and Kuntu Repertory Theatre will sponsor tenor saxophonist Billy Harper and his Quintet in concert with a choir directed by Dr. James Johnson, a former director of the Institute, on Sun., Jan. 17, in the beautiful August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The concert is a fundraiser for Kuntu and the Institute. 

A teacher, lecturer and tenor saxophonist, Billy Harper moved to New York City in 1966 and soon attracted the attention of such jazz giants as Gil Evans, Max Roach, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and the band Jazz Messengers. Harper performed, recorded and toured with these artists in Europe, Japan and Africa and throughout the United States from 1966 to 1979, as well as with his own quintet. Harper received the International Critics Award for tenor saxophone in 1974 and ’75.

Harper has said of his music: “[This is] the way I see my music. My feeling is that music should have a purpose…I’ve had people come up after a program to tell me that they felt a spiritual healing from the music.” (980 Liberty Ave., downtown. 4 p.m. $40; students, seniors, $20; VIP, $100. Tickets: 412/391-2060, ext. 223; info: kuntu.org)

Jazz At Al’an Ruben’s Bar & Grille: Wednesdays

Jazz fans in the Washington, Pa., area now have a place to go every Wednesday night—AL’an Ruben’s Bar & Grille. Wednesday-night concerts will feature Dan Baker on guitar, Josh Dunlevy on saxophone, Jim Depriest on bass and Michael Berry on drums. (2390 Jefferson Ave., Washington. No cover. Info: 724/223-1038, alanrubens.net)

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