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Summertime Jazz Concert Mixes in Some Soul

Duquesne University presents Summertime Jazz with Soul for its 5th annual outdoor concert, featuring performances by nationally renowned artists.

Among this year’s performers are jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno; Pittsburgher B.E. Taylor; and bassist Bob Babbitt, a legendary Motown studio musician.

Pittsburgh native Babbitt, who has earned 25 gold and platinum records and has played on 200 Top 40 hits, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mary Pappert School of Music’s guitar department. He has played on several Motown classics including Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me, Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a Clown, Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered and others. A much-in-demand musician for recording gigs at studios in Philadelphia, New York and Nashville, Babbitt has played for a diverse group of performers including Jim Croce, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Barry Manilow and Engelbert Humperdink.

In addition, Taylor, a stalwart of the local music scene, will receive a Pittsburgh Legends Award, which is given annually to the region’s most influential musicians by the guitar department of Duquesne’s School of Music.

Guitarists Joe Negri and Mark Koch, and bassist Brian Stahurski, members of the Mary Pappert School of Music guitar faculty, also will perform at the concert, as will trombonist Edward Kocher, music school dean. Joining them on stage will be saxophonist Johnny “Smooth” Sabre, keyboardist Joe Munroe, drummer Billy Kuhn, percussionist George Jones and guitarist John Maione, a former student of Negri’s. WDUQ's Tony Mowod will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Visit myduquesne.duq.edu to register online, or call 412.396.6209 by Friday, July 18, to register.

When: Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Academic Walk, Duquesne University campus, 600 Forbes Avenue

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