The Past Is The Present (Digital)
Pittsburgh has always been a city of innovators: in business, industry, science—and the arts. The city has spawned world-renowned artists in every creative field, especially JAZZ. Pittsburgh's jazz legacy gave the world an incredible number of gifted musicians who raised the bar and changed jazz forever.
This journey continues to this day, as you'll hear on this recording, by celebrating three generations of Pittsburgh jazz musicians. They are, THE ASCENDED MASTERS, living legends, elders who blazed trails, setting the gold standard. There are THE TORCHBEARERS, who overcame the challenges of a shrinking jazz music landscape, and still remain as relevant and vibrant as ever. And there are THE YOUNG LIONS, musicians who are building on this legacy and blazing new paths of their own.
Each group performs four selections, from jazz classics to original compositions, being presented here for the first time. The gifted masters of this region have mentored and inspired the next generation of artists. This recording honors that ongoing journey by showcasing all three generations, proving that, indeed, the past is the present.