Hello Family: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

I just came back from a drive back home.Point State Park, downtown Pittsburgh

For those of you who know me,  that means through  the Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland and Pennsylvania; to Pittsburgh PA, or as we natives like to call it, “The Burg!” The ride was cool; Nia and I enjoyed traveling through the tunnels. It’s a nice trip in the springtime.  With my brother, we took a ride to our old neighborhood The Hill District, not far from Oakland; which is where the University of Pittsburgh is.  While up on The Hill, we took Nia to show her the places where funny family stories actually took place.  (smile)

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, I began thinking about the rich history the Hill District plays in the national landscape of jazz music and the Pittsburgh black arts scene in general. Continue Reading