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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz publishes first book “Spirit to Spirit”

Always looking to preserve, present and promote jazz, MCG Jazz has published its first book, “Spirit to Spirit: A Portrait of Pittsburgh Jazz in the New Century.”

In 2018, MCG Jazz focused on Pittsburgh’s important jazz history with the release of the documentary “We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told,” and now it is focused on the city’s current jazz community.

Award-winning Pittsburgh chroniclers Abby Mendelson and David Aschkenas set out on a two- year-long quest listening, interviewing and photographing the city’s current, rich jazz life. Designer David Wachter crafted the material into this visionary book.

Readers will enjoy profiles from prodigies barely out of high school to legendary icons like Roger Humphries.

“Spirit to Spirit” is available for purchase at mcgjazz.org and on Amazon.

Front cover of “Spirit to Spirit: A Portrait of Pittsburgh Jazz in the New Century.”