I’ll bet that I’m the only musician ever to record a CD simply titled “Pittsburgh,” which is a tribute to my beloved hometown. It’s a “miracle city,” really. When it comes to industry, culture and the arts, Pittsburgh has contributed more to the world than most people can begin to imagine.

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  • Issue Year 2017
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    Honorary Doctorate of Music, New England Conservatory (2015)

    Down Beat Hall of Fame, 76th Readers’ Poll (2011)

    Ordre des Arts et de Lettres, Government of France (2007)

    Living Jazz Legend, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2007)

    American Jazz Hall of Fame, New Jersey Jazz Society (2003)

    Gold Medallion, Steinway & Sons 150 Years Celebration (2003)

    American Jazz Masters Award, National Endowment for the Arts (1994)

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 Year 2009
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Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, are twin cities, with nightclubs and great musicians in both places. The only thing that separates the two cities is a bridge.

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  • Issue Year 2007
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