On behalf of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, I’d like to thank everyone that traveled to Pittsburgh, and all of the great people living in our city that joined us for the first Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. People traveled from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, DC, and surrounding states to enjoy the live music that filled the streets of our city. The JazzLive Crawl, featuring close to 140 regional musicians was a success beyond our imaginations. Cultural District restaurants reported their highest sales since opening their doors, musicians gained new fans, and our out of town guests got a chance to see just how JAZZLIVE Pittsburgh has become. We closed down the streets for JazzLive Summer Stages and enjoyed great weather and music from Soulive, Gregory Porter, Sean Jones, and Bobby Sanabria, just to name a few. The JazzLive Jam Sessions hosted by Roger Humphries and Sean Jones were standing room only, and were truly a celebration of Pittsburgh’s rich jazz heritage, and evidence that this music is alive and well and on the rise.
Special thanks go out to all of our sponsors, especially Highmark, Macy’s, Savoy, Richard King Mellon and Pittsburgh Foundations, and all of the gracious in-kind sponsors that made this festival possible. The City of Pittsburgh provided staging, security and so much support for this project and we are very grateful. Flyspace, JazzCorner.com, Fairmont Pittsburgh, Trombino Piano, Classic Limosine, Courtyard by Marriot, Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Raff Printing, Adventures in Advertising, City Paper, New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and so many more of our friends were integral to the success of this festival.
Lastly, we thank all the talented musicians that brought so much joy to all of our festival guests. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Start making your plans now for Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2012 on June 1, 2, 3 in Pittsburgh. The Jazz scene starts HERE!
Your friend in Jazz,
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Janis Burley Wilson, VP and Director of Jazz Programs