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Pittsburgh vocalist featured at jazz series

February 28, 2013
Times Leader

WHEELING Oglebay Institute continues its Jazz at the Stifel series with Pittsburgh-based jazz vocalist, recording artist and songwriter Donna Bailey at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Described by fans as being one of the most dynamic, soulful, entertaining vocalists on the jazz scene today, Donna brings a sophisticated, "coolness" to the stage, to the musical standards, and to her own compositions.

Donna won "Entertainer of the Year" in 1991 by Promise Records of New York, and she was nominated for an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for her composition, "Charlie's Place," written for an off-Broadway production of "Harvey." Her song "Gifts from the Heart" won recognition from the Volunteers of America group. The award-winning singer has also appeared in numerous commercials (NFL with Jerome Bettis), billboards, magazines, industrial films, and national ads. Television appearances include The Joe Franklin Show, the Nancy Gold New York Show, and WQED's "On Q."

She recently contracted with High Note International for a compilation CD, titled "Black Coffee," to be released this year and was invited to perform for the legendary Dave Brubeck, in honor of his 86th birthday at the Manchester Craftsman's Guild in Pittsburgh.

Joining Donna on stage are band members Subha Das on percussion, Jason Hollar on bass and pianist Joseph DeFazio.

Das is a professional percussionist/music educator in Pittsburgh. He is one of the most in-demand percussionists and private instructors in the Pittsburgh area. He is on the staff of the award-winning Mount Lebanon Percussion program, where he holds the title of principal assistant director.

Hollar has been a professional bassist for more than 20 years. He currently leads his own band and entertainment agency, Cadillac Jazz, and is the musical director for Bailey. He also plays with several other groups including the Billy Brice Band, Resonance Percussion, The Olga Watkins Band, and the Rick Struzzi Trio.

Composer and jazz musician DeFazio previously served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has been commissioned by West Virginia University, the Cincinnati Composers' Guild and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. His compositions have been broadcast on radio stations in Finland, Australia and the United States, and he has performed jazz and classical compositions in the US, Canada, and Europe.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road in Wheeling. Call the Stifel Center at 304-242-7700 or visit oionline.com to purchase tickets. Refreshments are available for purchase at all shows, and parking is free and available just behind the center.

 
 

 

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