FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2015
Beginning July 22nd, Pittsburgh’s favorite jazz musician Roger Humphries and his band, RH Factor, will give a series of free jazz concerts on Wednesday nights during “Summer on Sampsonia.” The Wednesday evening concerts (weekly, from 7 – 9 pm) will continue until September 16. They are held in City of Asylum’s pop-up venue, the Alphabet City® Tent, at 318 Sampsonia Way in the Northside. All performances are free to the public and BYOB.
“Many bands and orchestras leave the city and head out for summer festivals. I am committed to making summer in the city lively. I live just a few blocks from the Alphabet City Tent, and it has long been my dream to do a series of concerts in my neighborhood,” Humphries explained. “This series of Wednesday night concerts is free, so everyone can come and enjoy an evening out. It is a great complement to my club dates.”
Admission is free, but RSVPs are highly encouraged. To RSVP, please visit www.cityofasylum.org/events.
Jazz Wednesdays are a part of Summer on Sampsonia, City of Asylum’s summer programming series, which features a variety of events designed to create a vibrant community venue in Pittsburgh’s Northside. In addition to Jazz Wednesdays, Summer on Sampsonia’s lineup includes film screenings co-presented by Silk Screen, hip hop performances by 1Hood Media, a children’s series created in partnership with PAEYC, and more. More details about upcoming events can be found on City of Asylum’s event calendar at www.cityofasylum.org/events.
Alphabet City® Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
July 22 to September 16. Except Sept 9
7:00 to 9:00pm
About Roger Humphries, Pittsburgh’s “Mr. Jazz”
Roger Humphries, (born January 30, 1944), is an award-winning American jazz drummer born into a family of ten children in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a child prodigy who began playing drums at age four and went professional at age 14. He led an ensemble at the tender age of 16 at Carnegie Music Hall.
Roger has recorded with many musical giants including Horace Silver, Ray Charles, James Spalding, and Herbie Mann. Additionally, he has played with George Benson, the Isley Brothers, and Richard “Groove” Holmes just to name a few. His musical career has taken him to international destinations, multiple tours of Europe, the islands and throughout the United States. He has made many television appearances including the Oprah Winfrey Show and Bryant Gumbel.
Mr. Humphries formed his own band in 1972, RH Factor, additionally leading Roger Humphries Big Band in the 1990’s. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He released albums under his own name in 1993, 2006, 2011 and 2014.
He has dedicated his life to music and has led the charge to empower the next generation of musicians. He joyfully teaches at symposiums and workshops all across the country. He was an instructor at some of the major universities in Pittsburgh, as well as a percussion teacher at CAPA with the Pittsburgh Public Schools for many years. In addition to his teaching engagements, Roger has shown his commitment to reaching across the generations by holding an annual boat ride/fundraiser providing scholarships for local students majoring in music for their post-secondary school education. For additional information visit www.rogerhumphries.com.
About City of Asylum
Founded in 2004, City of Asylum is a model for arts-based community development, bringing writers, readers and neighbors together through global literature and cultural exchange to give voice to endangered and unheard voices. Located on Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh’s Northside, City of Asylum’s campus of redeveloped houses serve both as homes for exiled writers and as public artworks. It has presented more than 250 authors and musicians from 42 countries in free readings and concerts. Sampsonia Way, the publishing arm of City of Asylum, specializes in banned books and anthologies of contemporary writing from countries where free speech is under threat; SampsoniaWay.org, its online journal of free speech, literature, and justice serves as a virtual home for persecuted writers and serves a growing global online audience.