Hill District native, author and oral historian Yvonne McBride is teaming up with the Kaufmann Center, Hill House Association to present a preview of Crossroads – An Oral History, a video compilation of interviews celebrating the musical and cultural legacy of Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the golden era of Jazz. The screening will take place as part of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival on Friday, June 19 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Elise H. Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
In the preview, legendary Pittsburgh musicians including George “Duke” Spaulding, John Hughes, Nelson Harrison, and Roger Humphries share personal accounts and memories of one of the most entertaining and musically historic neighborhoods in the country. Afternoon guests will be treated to a live musical performance by Jazzspace. Photography from the Teenie Harris archive of Carnegie Museum of Art is highlighted throughout the video series. Hors D’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided.
Following the oral history preview, the audience will have an opportunity to share their own Hill District memories and engage with Pittsburgh musicians during a panel discussion led by jazz radio veteran, Evelynn Hawkins. Hawkins will be joined by distinguished guest panelists including musicians, educators, and Pittsburgh jazz historians Dr. Nelson Harrison, Dr. Harry Clark, and Dr. Ken Foley.
“When Yvonne shared this project with me, I just knew we had to get involved. There is no more meaningful place to host this historical event than here at the former site of the famous Hurricane Lounge and home to amazing performances of countless jazz masters throughout the decades,” stated Susan Sparks, director of the Kaufmann Center, now part of the Hill House Association.