2011 Selection Panel

We are grateful for these accomplished Pittsburgh musicians who have volunteered to help select this year's artists-in-residence.

Tony Campbell, saxophone and woodwinds

Tony CampbellTony is a musician and educator with deep roots in the Pittsburgh jazz tradition. He appears regularly on the most popular jazz stages and plays frequently with well-known bands throughout Pittsburgh and beyond. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
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Harry Clark, Educator

Dr. Clark served in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 30 years, during which time he founded the high school for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). He has been a consultant for schools across the country and has helped initiate new school programs in Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, Alabama and Colorado. Dr. Clark received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Etta Cox, vocals

Etta CoxVoted best jazz vocalist by Pittsburgh Magazine for eight years, Etta, along with the Al Dowe Quartet, has brought the jazz elements of syncopation, improvisation, and scat singing to the ears of at least 280,000 of the region's school students through Gateway to the Arts. She also teaches at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School.

Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, and trained as a music educator, Etta was selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine for 1995. She was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Music for 1995 by the Pittsburgh Vectors Society and she received the Harry Schwalb award for Excellence in the Arts in 1998. She was also featured on the cover of Pittsburgh Magazine in September 1998 along with Al Dowe for receiving the magazine's annual Arts Award for Jazz. In January 2000, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette awarded her Performer of the Year for 1999. She has appeared on Broadway, in movies, in local productions at the City Theater and the Public Theater. Etta and collaborator Al Dowe have recorded a CD called The Sunday Jam, recorded at the Manchester Crafstmen's Guild, and more recently Etta completed her own CD called, My Foolish Heart.

Jeff Grubbs, double bass and strings

Jeff GrubbsJeff is an accomplished jazz bassist. In 1986, he won Downbeat Magazine’s “Dee Bee” award for Best Collegiate Bass Soloist. He has since performed with a number of internationally recognized jazz artists including Nat Adderly, Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Chris Potter, Diane Schur, Lonnie Smith, Ira Sullivan, Billy Taylor and Joe Williams.

He has served as a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University, Florida International University, Clark-Atlanta University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Brevard Music School and most recently, a one year position as the Associate Professor of Jazz Double Bass at the Univerisity of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  He now serves as an adjunct faculty member at Slippery Rock University. In addition to jazz, Jeff is also an accomplished classical musician and has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1996.

“Well, jazz is to me, a complete lifestyle. It’s bigger than a word. It’s a much bigger force than just something that you can say. It’s something that you have to feel. It’s something that you have to live.”

- Ray Brown

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