Marty Ashby: Grammy Winning Jazzman Keeps The Jive Alive In Pittsburgh

Jan 4, 2019

In the late 80s, musician Marty Ashby worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and experimented with smaller jazz events on the side. Then he met the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. He knew he'd found his calling.

Ashby took a chance, he said, quitting the PSO and setting out to create a jazz subscription series. More than 30 years later, he's produced thousands of concerts and scores of albums, including five Grammy winners, and remains the executive producer of MCG Jazz.

WESA’s Bob Studebaker talked to Ashby about his career and his staying power in Pittsburgh jazz.

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