George P. Kazas/Managing Partner of Little E's Jazz Club
Born and raised in Aliquippa PA
University of Pittsburgh
Played Trumpet for 12 years.
Little E's Jazz Club/downtown Pittsburgh
Coming up on 1 year Anniversary
Live music 4 nights a week
Full bar and menu
Little E's Created for the cultivation and preservation of Jazz
AUGUST EVENTS AT LITTLE E's JAZZ CLUB
AUGUST 25TH SEAN JONES SHOW 9-12:00AM
AUGUST 27TH JESSICA LEE & FRIENDS JAZZ&BLUES NETWORKING ($5.00 COVER) 6-8:30pm
AUGUST 28th AHVEEKHY 5:30-8:00PM/OLGA WATKINS BAND 8:30-12:30AM
AUGUST 29th BRAZILIAN JAZZ VOCALIST LILLY ABREU 8:30-11:30 PM
LITTLE E's GOAL IS TO PROVIDE PITTSBURGH WITH THE FINEST JAZZ PERFORMED BY THE FINEST MUSICIANS IN AND OUTSIDE OF PITTSBURGH. BE ON THE LOOK OUT THIS SUMMER. AUGUST HAS SOME GREAT NEWCOMERS TO OUR VENUE SUCH AS THE SKIP PECK TRIO, OLGA WATKINS AND TROMBONIST JEFF BUSH RETURNS TO PITTSBURGH AFTER TOURING SINCE 2007 AS LEAD TROMBONE PLAYER WITH THE HARRY CONNICK JR. BAND. AND PLEASE COME AND CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH THE BLUES ORPHANS. AS THE SUMMER HEATS UP SO DOES LITTLE E'S--- PITTSBURGH'S ONE AND ONLY JAZZ CLUB. LITTLE E's "WHERE MUSIC HAPPENS"
George P. Kazas
Little E's "Where Music Happens"
949 Liberty Avenue Upper Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Roger Humphries RH Factor • email@example.com
Roger Humphries: Bio
Roger was three year old when his family first discovered his early talent at playing drums.
When Roger was 4 1/2 year old he sat in with the Tab Smith Big
Band. His Uncle Frank Humphries was working with the Tab Smith band along with Savannah Churchill at the time.
He began playing professionally at the age of fourteen. He led his own group at Carnegie Music Hall when just sixteen. "I've had a love for music as long as I can remember. He was encouraged by his older brothers Lawrence Jr. and Norman who were musicians at that time. Additionally, Roger's son Roger Jr. and Norman's son Gregory have followed in their footsteps as professional drummers.
In August of 1962 began Roger's first major road job. He joined Stanley Turrentine (also from Pittsburgh) and Shirley Scott at the Hurricane in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.
In 1964 Roger went to New York to join the Horace Silver Quintet. While with Silver, he toured Europe twice and appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, There, he was interviewed by renowned jazz writer, Leonard Feather. A summary of that interview is included in the Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Sixties
Roger recorded three albums while working with Horace Silver.
They were "Song for My Father", "Cape Verderan Blues" and "Jody Grind". The
Song for My Father album is one of the most legendary album's of our time, still being played by most jazz radio station as a popular hit. His tenure with the great Horace Silver lasted a little over three years from 1964 through 1967. During those three albums recordings he played with such giants as, Joe Henderson, James Spalding, Tyrone Washington saxophone, Teddy Smith, Larry Ridley bass, Woody Shaw, Carmell Jones trumpeters and J.J. Johnson trombone.
In 1965 Roger recorded with the great trumpeter Carmell Jones, the album called "Jay Hawk Talk".
He also recorded with such artists as, Geri Alan, Herbie Mann/Phil Woods, Richard Groove Holmes, Kenny Blake, Frank Cunimondo, Dwayne Dolphin and Nancy Wilson 2004 Christmas cd. He also appeared on Oprah Winfrey and Bryant Gumbel TV show with Nancy Wilson.
Shortly after leaving Silver, Roger began working with Ray Charles. This was his first experience working with a Big Band. While with Ray, he toured Europe and various cities throughout this country. He Preformed at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and the Newport Jazz Festival.
With various groups, Roger Humphries has performed at Carnegie Music Hall, the Village Gate and the Apollo Theatre in New York. He has also played at the Bohemian Caverns and Shelly Manne's Manhole in Los Angeles; the Penthouse in Seattle, Wash.; Pep's Lounge and Showboat, Philadelphia; the Jazz Workshop, Boston; Ronny Scott's in London, and many other places.
In January of 1980, Roger toured Europe with organist Richard "Groove" Holmes and tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson. During this tour, Roger performed in France, Spain, and Holland. An Album was also recorded with the Black and Blue Record Company.
After playing with various groups around the country, ace drummer Roger Humphries decided to organize his own group in 1972 which he calls RH Factor and in 1996 he assembled Roger Humphries' Big Band. Roger gives special thanks to Dr. Harry Clark, principal of The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) who has allowed him
to have such a beautiful experience teaching the kids at the school, and also to Dr. Nathan Davis who gave him an opportunity to teach and shares lives with students at the University of Pittsburgh. Roger has influenced the careers of a number of his students and musicians also through participation in a number of clinics such as the, Slippery Rock University Summer Jazz workshop, Mellon Jazz Masters Class and Concerts and the teaching goes on especially on the stage.
You can see Roger and RH Factor group at the most popular
Jazz club in the city of Pittsburgh, CJ's Lounge, located on
Penn Ave. at 29th Street in the Strip District.
2 WEEK SUMMER JAZZ CAMP
MONDAY AUGUST 10-AUGUST 23, 2009
DR. JAMES T. JOHNSON, JR. FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE.
DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND LEAD TRUMPETER WITH WYNTON MARSALIS
CAMP INSTRUCTORS INCLUDE LIVING LEGENDS
ROGER HUMPHRIES, DRUM/WAYNE DOLPHIN, BASS AND OTHERS!
CJ’s Live Jam Session on Thursdays
Boat Ride, with Kappa H.S. and Rogers Middle School, Musical Director,
Roger Humphries Scholarship Fund, Gateway Clipper, June 7, 2009
Next: Second Sunday in June, 2010
Falling Waters on 22nd
Jazz Society, Roger Humphries Big Band
Kevin Amos, Pittsburgh Events Producer and Long Time Jazz Supporter
I am an event coordinator and consultant in addition to all of my radio work. I have been coordinating special events for nearly 20 years. I have worked as lead coordinator for the Stars at Riverview and Reservoir of Jazz when I was employed at the City of Pittsburgh. I did that for 6 years. I now act as a consultant for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
I am also acting this year as MC for the Stars at Riverview Series.
I have worked as Festival Manager for the Pittsburgh International children's Festival. As a team member for the Great Race, Great Ride and lead coordinator for African American History month activities; I have been assistant manager for the Great Race Expo and also volunteer coordinator for the Great Race.
As Program Director and General Manager at WYEP in the 70' & 80's I coordinated events such at the Pittsburgh Blues Explosion and other station functions.
At Rainbow Kitchen I was the volunteer coordinator and operations manager where I coordinated special events. At the Thomas Merton Center I was communications director and I also coordinated the annual fundraiser for that organization.
I have also done events that cover varied topics as Communications in the Arts and Digital Television. I have been a panelist at Carnegie Mellon University, the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh and at the Soul Patrol East Coast Convention.
I have created over the past months A Jazz Fan Appreciation Event that has been at now three different locations in the Pittsburgh area. My association with the Pittsburgh Jazz Community spans over 30 years. I am an active member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.
I have recently started a Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Meetup group on the Meetup.com platform. I am known as an expert in New Media marketing by my peers.
My involvement with the internet spans the past 15 years working as a contributor to Soul-Patrol.com and Urban Sounds for the old Prodigy Music Bulletin Boards.
Five places actually.
Pittsburgh Jazz Network and Pittsburgh Live Music on Ning
Soul Patrol Newsletter (for subscribers)
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