Pittsburgh jazz legend Ahmad Jamal shines in Manchester

 New Pittsburgh Courier

 October 10, 2013

If one were to go by legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal, 83 must be the new 63. He doesn’t look it. He doesn’t act it—and judging by the power, precision, delicacy and rhythmic mastery he displayed at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild,  Sept. 28, he can play rings around pianists who are 43. click here to read more




MASTERY—Playing the Steinway he dedicated 40 years ago, jazz virtuoso Ahmad Jamal, lays down a groove against Herlin Riley’s drum work during his sold-out show at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.












REALIZING A VISION—Manchester CEO Bill Strickland tells the audience he fantasized about creating a space to allow jazz to work its magic since he was 14 years old.












Breaking the mold: arts and vocational training can connect for urban youth

SouthCoast Today

By Lauren Daley


October 08, 2013 

NEW BEDFORD — Bill Strickland grew up in the "ghetto" of Pittsburgh, watching his friends die, one by one, from street violence or drugs, or get locked up in jail. Click here to read more


Urban Innovation21 prepares college students for work world

New Pittsburgh Courier

September 12, 2013

Most high school graduates attend college with the goal to study hard, to successfully graduate and to obtain meaningful employment in their field of interest. As ways to prepare and assist area college students achieve their goal and quest for employment, Urban Innovation21 for the past five years has been providing paid internships to students attending Carlow University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, and Point Park University. Click here to read more


Western Pennsylvanians recall their route to the March on Washington

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

August 24, 2013

Community leader, author, and the President and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation Bill Strickland poses for a portrait in his conference room at the Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Chateau on Monday, August 5, 2013. Strickland remembers seeing Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at the March on Washington years ago when Strickland was 16. Click here to read more



Bev Smith interviews Bill Strickland

Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host- Bev Smith Interviews Bill Strickland,


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