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Joe Negri Welcomes Chamber Music Pittsburgh

February 26, 2019

...An exciting and unique concert experience as vocalist Tania Grubbs performs with five world-class acoustic bassists (members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), a virtuoso bass guitarist, and a phenomenal drummer. Sit back with a beer in hand from Enix Brewing Company and enjoy unusual arrangements of music by Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Seals & Croft as well as Vince Mendoza and several other special tunes with various combinations of all things bass!...

Joe Negri's Jazz Guitar is his Legacy

August 6, 2017

...For 35 years, Mr. Negri appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as Handyman Negri. Just as Fred Rogers had said, his lack of repair skills never hampered him in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. But his jazzy guitar licks certainly came in handy when he played with guests Wynton Marsalis, Mabel Mercer, Tony Bennett and Yo-Yo Ma and with the rest of the TV show’s quartet — musical director Johnny Costa on piano, Carl McVicker Jr. on bass and Bobby Rawsthorne on drums...

Old School Has New Use In Mt. Washington

May 23, 2015

...the school had two auditoriums. The smaller one, which seats 160, has been maintained as a site for concerts, movies and meetings. It will be open for community use. Its placement in the building made it accessible to outsiders without entering the apartment area. It has been named the Joe Negri Auditorium in honor of the guitarist and TV figure who attended Prospect between 1935 and 1942...