Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival taps trumpeter Sean Jones as new Artist-in-Residence

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has named trumpeter, Sean Jones, as Artist-in-Residence for a series of jazz-related programs that include a mix of student matinees, workshops, and a new commissioned work to be debuted at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival next summer.

Janis Burley Wilson, VP of Education, and Director of Jazz Programs at the Trust, says, “The Trust has presented Sean Jones as part of the JazzLive series regularly since 2004.  As an artist, he has contributed to the planning of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  He has also served on the Education/Community Development advisory board since 2008 representing Duquesne University.  We, at the Trust, are thrilled to have Sean as an artist-in-residence for the festival, and welcome all the knowledge and talent he will continue to bring to the JazzLive program as a whole.”

The series kicks off with a free performance open to 1,200 students on Monday, October 3, 2011, with Jazz at Lincoln’s Center’s “Who is Mary Lou Williams“.   A partnership between the August Wilson Center and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education and Community Engagement Department, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Who is Mary Lou Williams” will be performed by the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.

Sean Jones will conduct workshops around the region on composition, jazz and new music, with students joining him on the journey to write music that the Trust has commissioned for the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  The new music will launch the JazzLive Sound/Spirit Initiative, which involves, commissioning new work every year that will debut at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  The name of the program was inspired by the great jazz saxophonist, Sonny Rollins, who stated that, “…you can’t kill jazz… jazz is a spirit….”  Jones will write music each year, with the community involved in the writing process.  He will perform the new work, or it will be performed by another musician featured in the festival.

In addition to world-renowned trumpet career, Sean Jones is an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the director of musical initiatives at August Wilson Center.

The JazzLive series, formerly, Downbeat in the District, began in summer of 2004.  The Trust has year-round jazz presence with the JazzLive series in the Cabaret Theater and Backstage Bar every Tuesday from September through May, and at Agnes R. Katz Plaza during the summer months.  During National Jazz Appreciation Month, the Trust presents national and international musicians each Tuesday evening, presenting a variety of new artists and established legends on the jazz scene.  The introduction of Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival in June of 2011, in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, made the Trust the biggest supporter of jazz in the region, with more resources and support going to regional and national jazz musicians, and more programming available to the community.  BNY Mellon is the lead sponsor for JazzLive only.  The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is sponsored by a host of other generous funders and in-kind supporters.

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