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All that Jazz Shaler North Hills Library hosting concert

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Shaler North Hills Library is celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a new addition to the annual Jazz Extravaganza concert — an art show.

“I wanted to actually connect all the arts,” said Marie Jackson, head of library adult services, who is organizing the events.

“Art and music are interconnected so that it's an (artistic) expression.”

The library's first Jazz Art Show, co-sponsored by the Art and Inspiration with William Rock library group, will be set up in the library's second floor community room through April 30 with “floor to ceiling” artwork of more than 40 pieces created by elementary school-age through adult artists.

Jackson scheduled the art show to correspond with the seventh annual Jazz Extravaganza on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Shaler Area Middle School auditorium.

The Jazz Extravaganza will highlight performances by the Miles Jackson Trio — Miles Jackson, Howie Alexander and Andrew Kirk — featuring Fred “Ice” Pugh on vocals and Tony Campbell on saxophone; the Shaler Area Middle School jazz band, under the direction of Ellen Spondike; and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts middle school jazz band, under the direction of Dale Hertrick.

“We're really switching it up this year,” Jackson said.

This is the first year the jazz concert will feature a vocalist, and the finale will feature a collaborative performance by all of musicians.

“It seemed like it would be a fun thing to pull a big finale like that,” Spondike said. “Especially the jazz band, they usually don't get a chance to do anything like that collaboratively.

“I hope they (the audience members) enjoy the groups performing and have a good time. It's a fun thing.”

Carmella Zielinski of Shaler chose two of her acrylic paintings to display in the art show based on the “color and movement” in each piece. She said having the jazz concert and art show occurring at the same time will bring more attention to the arts, as well as jazz.

“I think if more people pursue their dream, people will start to realize music, poetry and art is so important to our human race,” Zielinski said.

Jackson said the programs evolved because of her love of jazz music and the arts and her desire to bring that to the Shaler community.

“The response has been pretty positive,” Jackson said. “We have people who look forward to it every year who don't have children playing in the band. Our students are getting the exposure from an unknown audience. That's all pretty thrilling.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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