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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy
Pittsburgh, PA
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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
(note: advance sales have ended as of Saturday afternoon. Tickets are still available at the door at $20.)

Sun Feb 12   8:00 pm  all ages welcome  $16 advance/$20 door
James Street Gastropub, 422 Foreland St, North Side 412-904-3335

Chicago/AACM progressive jazz legends for over 40 years!
[;Kahil El Zabar + Corey Wilkes + Alex Harding];

Tickets: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland), Dave's Music Mine (South Side) and Stedeford's (North Side). Online at Brown Paper Tickets (at this site).

Kahil ElZabar has been leading his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in various configurations for over 40 years and they are still in forward motion! This year, his EHE, Let It Be Free 2017 tour includes longtime member, Corey Wilkes, on trumpet and Alex Harding on baritone sax. These players are much more than accomplished jazz musicians. They are spiritually endowed, next level Sound Scientists, who have mastered rituals in music like no one else  that raise consciousness while enriching the mind, body and spirit.


Kahil ElZabar is considered by his peers to be one of the most prolific innovators of his generation. He has recorded more than sixty well-received projects, and won numerous international awards as a musician and composer. In 2014, Dr. ElZabar was knighted by the Counsel General of France as a Chevalier Medal of Letters. In 2012, President Barack Obamas administration awarded him the International Ambassadors Award in the Arts. In 2006, The Chicago Tribune named Kahil ElZabar Chicagoan of the Year. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed ElZabar to the National Task Force on Arts in Education. Kahil has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Stevie Wonder, Pharoah Sanders, Neneh Cherry, Nina Simone, Ntozake Shange, David Murray, Nona Hendryx, and Lester Bowie. Dr. ElZabar holds a PHD in Inter-Disciplinary Arts and is Executive Creative Director at the new Chicago Academy of Music. He has also taught at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) and University of Illinois (Chicago), and served on several prestigious panels such as the NEA, the NPN and Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund. ElZabar is a former chairman of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and has scored feature films: How You Like Me Now (Warner Brothers), Mo Money (Columbia Pictures), and Love Jones (New Line Cinema). He has created and curated events as Artist in Residence in Bordeaux, France for the last 11 years.


Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best improvising trumpeters in the modern era. Having the skill and maturity to approach mainstream repertoire of jazz standards with his own unique sensibilities, he combines them with his deep appreciation of hip-hop. Corey has shared the stage with numerous jazz masters including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Greg Osby, Roscoe Mitchell, Marcus Belgrave, Clark Terry and Mulgrew Miller. His soulful notes grace a variety of contemporary projects including sets by DJ Logic, Osunlade and Josh Deep; tracks on Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 4, Kahil El Zabars Ascension Loft Series, as well as Nona Hendryx, Soulive, and Me'shell Ndegocello.


Alex Harding is considered one of the top baritone players in New York City. He has been a fixture on the jazz scene since 1993 -  performing, touring, and recording with the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet, Hamiett Bluiett Baritone Nation, David Murray Big Band, Oliver Lake Big Band, Craig Harris, Joseph Bowies defunkt, Aretha Franklin, Lester Bowie, Andy Gonzales, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jayne Cortes and the Fire Spitters, Abdullah Ibrahim and the Tony award-winning Broadway show Fela!. Alex Harding has several recordings of his own as a leader as well as sideman with other artists.


James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy (View)
422 Foreland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
United States


Music > Experimental
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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