The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will launch Pittsburgh JazzLive International, a new jazz festival on June 3-5, 2011, in the Cultural District. The weekend of music will include a JazzLive Crawl, outdoor stages, national and internationally renowned musicians and a visual art show. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh JazzLive International is produced in cooperation with Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 3-12th.
Janis Burley Wilson, Director of Jazz Programs and Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust says, "Pittsburgh JazzLive International is an expansion of our current year-round jazz programming, and allows the Trust to showcase our regional talent. We also see this festival as an opportunity to bring together legendary artists and the up-and-coming musicians who share with audiences what the future holds for jazz."
On Friday, June 3rd, the JazzLive Crawl will feature two dozen venues in the Cultural District from 5:30-9pm, with a variety of regional acts featured. Downtown Cultural District restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops will participate (details below). Entrance is free; however seating is available only for patrons dining at participating restaurants.
On Saturday, June 4th, the three JazzLive Summer Stages-located at 9th Street and Liberty, Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th, Penn Avenue between 9th and 10th-will kick off with free live music at 12 noon. Pittsburghers Chelsea Baratz, Craig Davis, and jazz legend Roger Humphries, who have moved on to perform nationally and internationally, will be showcased. Center of Life, the finalist in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation competition, will perform their first show since winning at Monterey. The Sean Jones Quintet, Gretchen Parlato, Gregory Porter are young, rising stars that will show us what's new and next in music. Latin jazz master, Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Ache, as well as African-French duo, Les Nubians, bring an international flavor to the line-up. And lastly, soul/funk/jazz sensation Soulive will close the evening.
On Sunday, June 5th, Showcase Noir, the African American artist and designer showcase will fill the halls of the Byham Theater with visual art and live jazz. The evening of June 5th, the Cultural Trust has partnered with Grey Area Productions to present soul and blues diva, Bettye Lavette at Altar Bar in the Strip District. Tickets can be purchased through the Pittsburgh JazzLive International website.
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International weekend is presented with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Macy's, Savoy Restaurant, the City of Pittsburgh and many in-kind sponsors. All artists and show times are subject to change. Please visit pittsburghjazzlive.com or call 412-456-6666 for updates and information.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY June 4, 2011
707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Avenue
QUI VIViT: Artwork by Philip Rostek
937 Liberty Avenue
937 Liberty, 2nd floor
Named-UnNamed sound installation by Herman Pearl
Agnes R. Katz Plaza
655 Penn Avenue
Marc Lucas-electric guitar jazz/funk
August Wilson Center for African American Culture Gallery
980 Liberty Avenue
LeRoy K. Wofford-Blues! 5:30-7:30pm
655 Penn Avenue
Bar on Nine
136 Sixth St.
123 7th Street
Puro Queso - Latin Jazz
Fifth Avenue Place, 2nd Level
120 Fifth Avenue
Maureen Budway-ballads, vocal jazz
111 Ninth St.
Etta Cox/Al Dowe-classic jazz, hosted by Tony Mowod, DUQ 90.5 FM
Crazy Mocha Coffeehouse
801 Liberty Avenue
Joy Ike-acoustic soul
833 Penn Avenue
Howie Alexander and the Interval Mondays Band
Grille on Seventh
130 Seventh Street
Chico's Quintet-jazz, funk, R&B
Jazz at Andy's at the Fairmont Hotel
Tania Grubbs Trio-standards, vocals, ballads
Benny Benack III & Friends
136 6th Street
Max Leake Quartet-Straightahead jazz
Nola on the Square
24 Market Square
Olive & Twist
142 6th St., 3rd floor
Hubb's Groove - Cleveland funk/jazz