Eugene UmanPianist Eugene Uman will make his Pittsfield debut at Baba Louie’s Backroom on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 8:00pm. Uman, who has recorded and appeared in a wide variety of settings, from solo to combo to big band, will appear with a Quartet at the popular Pittsfield venue, located at 34 Depot Street in the city’s Upstreet Cultural District. Tickets are priced at $20 in advance (below), and $25 at the door. Seating is limited, dinner will be available separately.

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Uman has written over 120 jazz compositions that have been arranged for various musical ensembles ranging from big band to world music ensembles to rock. Three of his original compositions were recorded by Latin Jazz star Sammy Figueroa on his 2005 Grammy-nominated CD “In Walked Sammy.”

In addition to his busy performing schedule, Uman has been director of the Vermont Jazz Center since 1997. During his tenure, the center has grown into an esteemed concert venue where performances by internationally recognized jazz artists are complemented by community outreach and educational programs including a renowned summer jazz workshop that attracts students from around the world.

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