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Debbie Burke

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Melodic Morsels from the Strings of Ken Karsh

Guitarist Ken Karsh is known to sometimes play a stunted-looking instrument that is tuned a fourth up from the traditional guitar, and that gives it a bright, magical sound: the guitalele. Whatever is in his hands, though, Ken makes it... Continue Reading →

Brosky Gets Down with his Bad Self and a Stick

An unusual instrument in terms of not often seeing it in your typical jazz club, the Chapman Stick has almost a cult following. Pittsburgh-based Dave Brosky is not only versed in its harmonic nuances but also its genesis. The instrument... Continue Reading →

To Catch a Shooting Star

Guided by his faith and heart first and then his ears, producer/musician Dwayne Fulton knows the ins and outs of attracting talent. He has a strong interest in gospel music and is hands-on involved with his church in Pittsburgh. A... Continue Reading →

Pittsburgh’s New Messenger of Soul

One of the first things you notice when you listen to Kea Michaels is the range and depth of her voice, and oh yeah – the texture. It’s light, bright and shiny, but can immediately slip into a rich silky... Continue Reading →

Smooth-Edged Velvet Funk From Brother2Brother

In 2001 the Carter brothers (Chaz and Winston) formed a smooth jazz group called Midtown. Finding initial success, they went on the road and opened shows for national artists like R&B superstar Roy Ayers and many others. A few years... Continue Reading →

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