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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kente Arts Alliance

Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora. Heading into its fourth year, Kente’s aim is to present art with a purpose by offering programs that entertain, inform and uplift the residents of underserved communities. Over its short history, Kente has presented some of the finest names on the jazz scene including: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band, Geri Allen and the Mary Lou Williams Collective, Winard Harper, Roger Humphries and the Rh Factor, Steve TurrĂ© and Billy Bang.

Kente is even more pleased when it presents artists whose roots begin in Pittsburgh. Nelson was reared in East Liberty before leaving Pittsburgh to make his way through the jazz world. He has gone full circle as he returns to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater which is only a mile from where he grew up.

The concert is sponsored by: The Multicultural Arts Initiative, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh Foundation. DUQ 90.5 FM is the media sponsor.

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