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Save the Date: The Third Annual "The Americas-In Concert" Showcases Saturday November 20, 2010. Concert is Free and Open to the Public

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 22, 2010) Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, proudly present Pittsburgh’s third annual “The Americas—In Concert” on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh. The Philadelphia-based Eric Mintel Quartet, featuring the band’s namesake and renowned jazz pianist and composer, will captivate Pittsburgh audiences of all ages with their fresh and invigorating new arrangements of classic jazz standards, original songs by Mintel, and the rarely heard music of jazz great Dave Brubeck. The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is limited and available on a first come basis.

Eric Mintel, who has been playing as a quartet since 1993, created what he feels is the true “Eric Mintel Quartet” (EMQ) six years ago. EMQ has since become one of the top jazz combos performing in the country today. Those familiar with the quartet— Eric Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Antonow on bass and Dave Mohn on drums—and their music know that the four talented musicians approach a song differently every time they play it. Mintel cites pianist Dave Brubeck as his primary inspiration, incorporating the jazz icon’s adventurous fusion of jazz with exotic rhythms and melodic ideas in his own work. “We play straight-ahead jazz but add a lot of different elements like funk or Latin rhythms, Mintel says. “They’re styles inherent to jazz, but you hear them in hip hop and rock music too. That’s what really draws an audience. It goes against what people think jazz sounds like.”

Additionally a composer of orchestral and choral music, Mintel performs his composition "Millennium Suite" (for orchestra and jazz quartet) with various symphonies throughout the country incorporating jazz and classical music. The quartet's choral concerts feature the rarely heard sacred choral music of Duke Ellington performed with various choirs throughout the country combining jazz and choral music. Mintel’s Quartet has repeatedly performed at the Kennedy Center, and was invited to perform at the White House for President Clinton in 1998. Mintel, a Yamaha Piano’s Artist, has been interviewed and featured in Down Beat Jazz Magazine, and appeared as the featured guest on Marian Mc Partland's Piano Jazz on NPR. More recently, the quartet opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. In November 2005, Eric released a 3 CD Boxed set of his jazz on the QVC Television network.

EMQ’s mission says Mintel, is to expose and reintroduce more people to jazz. Mintel will be offering a workshop for students on Saturday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. Please contact Josephine Oria at 412-457-0507 for more information regarding the workshop.

This is the third year that Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Med Health Services are sponsoring “The Americas—In Concert” event, which they hope to make a long-lasting Pittsburgh tradition. It is the third in a series of annual concerts designed to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh’s general public to the music works of all of the America’s, from North to South.

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