After an absence of some time while he worked on a guitar instruction book (teaching students at Pitt and Duquesne all the while) Joe Negri is being celebrated with a special concert, open to the public, at the Kean Theatre in Gibsonia on August 11 from 7 to 9:30. The Kean is part of the St. Barnabas Health System. Tickets are $ 15, general admission and can be ordered at this link.
Credit: Lake Fong, Post-Gazette
The late jazz drummer-promoter-bandleader Spider Rondinelli, who died Monday at 82, was a low-keyed musician with a dazzling talent. His very well-done obituary is here.
This is a 2007 profile by the PG's Nate Guidry that delves into his life even deeper. The PG photo above shows Spider with saxophonist Kenny Blake, performing in Jefferson Hills.
Having written scores of musicians' obits myself, the one thing no obit will get across: the man and the music, in settings from the 50's to two years ago.
On October 11, 2014 Joe Negri and his Quartet performed at the Oakland Forever festival. Among the tunes were compositions by two of Pittsburgh's best known jazz musicians: Earl "Fatha" Hines and Billy Strayhorn. The musicians were his regular group: pianist Max Leake, bassist Tony DiPaolis, bass and drummer Tom Wendt, drums.