Pittsburgh JazzLive International

Janis Burley Wilson

In our fourth year, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has established a reputation as a “laid- back, intimate, and inviting “  weekend  of incredible live music, dancing in the streets, and a jazz “hang” that is unrivaled amongst festivals of our size.

This year, we welcome the wondrous jazz icon, Dianne Reeves, funk legends Fred Wesley and Dwayne Dolphin, virtuosos like Raul Midon, soulful stars like Gregory Porter and jazz masters like Joe Locke, Sean Jones, and Roger Humphries.  We pay tribute to the great Art Blakey with the Messenger Legacy band led by Ralph Peterson.  New this year is the Jam on Ninth featuring  DJ Nate da Phat Barber and Snarky Puppy.  Line dance for a good cause with Roland Ford and the Dignity & Respect Campaign.  Rising stars like Emmet Cohen, Benny Benack III, Brandee Younger , Nancy Harms and Chelsea Baratz show us the future of this great  music.  Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra will swing with vocalist, Allan Harris.  The streets will be filled with Latin rhythms thanks to the rare performance of the salsa legends, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. This special presentation is part of the HOLA PITTSBURGH initiative.

Grey Area Production teams up with PJLIF this year to present Big Sam’s Funky Nation for a late night show at the Rex Theater.  Tickets are available and the show is a short, FREE ride from the Cultural District via UBER.  You can also purchase vinyl records at our pop up store, TRUST VINYL, curated by DJ Malls and Jerry’s Records!

Thanks to our sponsors R. K. Mellon Foundation, the City of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Macy’s, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Imagine Pittsburgh, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Visit Pittsburgh for their support.  Special thanks to North Coast Brewing Company and TGI Fridays for their support.   The numerous in-kind sponsors, JazzLive friends, our advisory board, and the Trust staff make the festival better every year.

– Janis Burley Wilson
VP, Education/Community Engagement
Director of Jazz Programs


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (the Trust)

Established in 1984, The Trust is a non-profit organization that is committed to revitalizing the Pittsburgh region through the creation and ongoing development of the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is

  • a performing arts presenter
  • a theater/gallery owner/operator
  • a catalyst for Cultural District development
  • a visual arts exhibitor
  • an arts collaborator

PJLIF Advisory Board

  • Ron Alvarado
  • Kenia Ashby
  • Demeatria Boccella
  • Esther L. Bush
  • Candi Castleberry-Singleton
  • James Frederick
  • William O. Generett
  • Lois Gilbert
  • Jeffrey Stephen Gray
  • Keri Harmicar
  • Sean Jones
  • Tinsy Labrie
  • Joseph Manich
  • Nate Mitchell
  • Tony Mowod
  • Carol Neyland, Chair
  • Gustavo Paredes
  • William J. Recker
  • Emory Redd
  • Janis Reed
  • Susan Sparks
  • William E. Strickland, Jr.
  • William F. Strome
  • Bob  Studebaker
  • Teruyo  Seya
  • Patti Tuite
  • Marisol Wandiga Valentin
  • Lorene Vinski
  • Jeff “Tain” Watts
  • Kimberly L. Wood