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JazzLive presents ‘Sweet Poppa’

November 11, 2010
The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's JazzLive series presents "Sweet Poppa" Lou Donaldson and his quartet at 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Cabaret Theater.

Donaldson began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952 and cut a series of classic records that showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd and Horace Parlan.

After also making recordings for Cadet and Argo Records in the early '60s, Donaldson's return to Blue Note in 1967 was marked by one of his most famous recordings, "Alligator Bogaloo."

Donaldson was awarded an honorary doctorate by North Carolina A&T University, and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A&T University each year.

e was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of countless other honors and awards for his contributions to jazz.

At 83, he continues to tour nationally, playing in New York at the Village Vanguard and the Birdland Club.

He also attends many jazz festivals and concerts around the world.

His current quartet features the musical excellence of Randy Johnston on guitar, Pat Bianchi on organ and Fukushi Tainaka on drums.

Tickets are on sale for $25 and $30 at the Theater Square Box Office, via phone at (412) 456-6666 and online at

JazzLive is sponsored by Bank of New York Mellon, WDUQ-FM, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Pittsburgh Jazz Society.

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