by Kate Magoc
As creative Pittsburghers it's almost impossible to not be touched by the city's own jazz traditions. And with names like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller putting Pittsburgh on the map as a hip hop town, the goals of the crew behind tonight's Cool Like Dat event — bringing the two genres together — are on point with the times.
Inspired by the Digable Planets song "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," the event came about out of a conversation between artist Darrell Kinsell, jazz singer Anqwenique Wingfield and the gallery team at Rocking Horse Artspace. The crew decided that their collective goal was to create an event that allowed artists and audience members alike to explore the creative freedoms of both genres.
"We all made reference to the Digable Planets' hip-hop classic "Cool Like Dat," Guru's Jazzmatazz, A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Mauraders, Billy Strayhorn, and J-Dilla's Suite for Ma Dukes as points of inspiration regarding the feel and aesthetic that we were aiming to recreate," says Kinsell via e-mail.
They've secured early support from 720 Music and Clothing Cafe and the emerging artist program Jazzspace, and will be featuring some of the most talented artists in the city, including Gene Stovall, Yah Lioness, and Wingfield herself. The event is tonight from 7:00pm until 11:00pm, cover is a $5.00 donation.