Five years ago, Brazilian conductor and composer Flavio Chamis set out to create an album with musicians from five nations at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Chamis and producer Jay Ashby decided to take things slowly, something unusual in the commercial music world. Three years later, in 2006, Especiaria was released. The album was…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Global City
Father Dam Nguyen presides over the flock at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Sorrowful Virgin in the South Hills town of Whitehall. Several in the congregation share his Vietnamese heritage, and more often these days he finds himself given the joyful task of presiding at the marriage or baptism of one of their…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Global City
On a painted mural behind the small stage of Pittsburgh’s newest jazz club, a singer in a dark red, strapless gown with a black bob hairdo sings to a sketched cityscape resembling Pittsburgh’s skyline at dusk. The real thing — Etta Cox — was there too, crooning standards “Teach Me Tonight” and “Misty” with the Harold Betters…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Jazz is alive and well — here’s where to find it
Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning last fall, students in Laurie Collier’s and Maureen Kedzuf’s fifth-​grade class lined up in escort position at Arlington Accelerated Academy and headed to the gymnasium to dance. They were among the more than 300 fifth-​graders from six elementary schools participating in Dancing Classrooms’ inaugural year in the Pittsburgh…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Ballroom classes effect change in local elementary schools
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