Music Around Town

Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band

When: Tue., Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. 2015

"It's always hard to be able to do what you want to do in the music business," sax man Ernie Krivda told Scene back in 2012. "I've been fortunate that I've been able to do that. As a musician you work for the ability to play what you want, when you want. It doesn't mean it's easy." A veteran on the local scene, Krivda is also an instructor and has taught in the Tri-C Jazz Studies program since it began in the '90s. "Music has been good to me, and I'm glad to give something back to it. It's that altruistic thing. You realize that your musical growth and teaching are the same thing." With backing from his Fat Tuesday Big Band, expect tonight's show to be a lively affair. (Niesel) Hanging with Harvey: Krivda and the late Harvey Pekar, a renowned jazz critic, were such good friends that Pekar could call him up any time of night. "To show you how nuts he was about the music, he called me up at 1:30 in the morning and says, 'I want you to listen to this record and this trumpet solo,'" Krivda recalls. "He played this thing and he says, 'Wasn't he prefiguring bebop in that solo?' He was really intense about jazz."

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