Wallace’s February Live Music

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The sensational Benny Benack III to perform on the 15th

PITTSBURGH, PA (PittsburghNewsWire.com) — The live music continues in February at Wallace’s Whiskey Room + Kitchen in Hotel Indigo, 123 North Highland Ave., Pgh, 15206. The music is coordinated by The Bridge Music Hall  www.thebridgemusichallpgh.org.The Benack family name has been synonymous with great musicians for decades and the third generation of a Benack will be at Wallace’s from 8 – 10 on February 15, $15 donation. The Pittsburgh based KardaZ will play from 5:30- 7:30. No cover.

At the age of 27, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”. As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation.

He first made his mark internationally through competitions, highlighted by winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), and being a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). After placing in a number of US vocal competitions as well (Gentleman Sing, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival), the stage was set for his bright career. Sought after as a trumpet soloist, he’s played in nearly every major big band, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. An international touring schedule includes frequent engagements in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia,,Ukraineand Italy.

Equally at ease in the Pop/Cabaret world, he has toured alongside Josh Groban as his trumpet soloist, played the famed Cafe Carlyle with fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, headlined the iconic Birdland Jazz Club alongside Anne Hampton Callaway honoring Ella & Louis, and was special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra for a Tribute to Sinatra.

KardaZ opened for the Beach Boys, RickSpringfieldand the Monkees and are best known for their Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey Fight Song “The Mighty Guins”.  KardaZ has been the only band ever to have one of their fight songs officially licensed and sanctioned as the official anthem of The Pittsburgh Penguins. You will hear this song routinely played on WDVE during Pittsburgh Penguin Playoffs.

A fundraiser for The Bridge Music Hall will take place on the 13th with a silent auction and a host of musician headlined by The Roger Barbour Quartet. Roger was the first musician inducted into Pittsburgh’s Jazz Hall of Fame and is a regular at Wallace’s and a board member of The Bridge.

Other February highlights include Twisted Love Songs on the 6th led by opera favorite, Desiree Soteres. Valentine’s Day will feature Argentinean vocalist, Ada Lis Jimena & piano virtuoso, Tom Roberts performing love songs with a Tango twist. Roberts returns on the 22nd with a New Orleans flavored show. Gospel songstress, Zanetta Wingfield will be featured on the 20th.  Zanetta just returned from a tour of Italy with the Millennium Gospel Singers.

Soteres and Wingfield are also active board members of The Bridge Music Hall.

Here’s the February schedule for Live Music at Wallace’s Whiskey Room + Kitchen. 7 – 9 PM, free except where time & cover is different and noted.

  • 2/6, Opera  in the Lounge, Twisted love songs.
  • 2/8, King Fez Band, Rockin the Casbah with Belly dance beats w/ belly dancers.
  • 2/13, Roger Barbour Quartet, Classic Jazz & Blues. The Bridge Music Hall Fundraiser, 6 – 9:30PM.
  • 2/14, Ada Lis Jimena, Singing songs of love, Valentine’s day.
  • 2/15, KardaZ, Klassic Rock, 5:30-7:30PM; No cover. Benny Benack III Quartet, 8 – 10PM; $15 donation.
  • 2/20, Gospel in the Lounge, Zanetta Wingfield.
  • 2/22, Matt Jordan & Tom Roberts, Funky New Orleans Piano.
  • 2/27, Sam Stucky, Thought-provoking easy listening.

Every Saturday, 5 – 7:30PM is Tony Campbell’s JazzSurgery Jam Session, $5 donation. Formerly from James Street Tavern, Wallace’s is the new home of this lively Saturday live music offering presented by The Bridge Music Hall.


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