Thank You!

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On behalf of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival staff, I would like to thank everyone that made the fourth PJLIF a history-making event. The streets were filled with Latin rhythms thanks to the rare performance of the salsa legends, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and the funkiest of funk with the master Fred Wesley!  Younger artists like Nancy Harms, Benny Benack III, Emmet Cohen, Brandee Younger, Snarky Puppy and more help us achieve our goals for looking forward to what’s ahead for this music…jazz.  Raul Midon, Joe Locke, Sean Jones, Roger Humphries, Gregory Porter, Ralph Peterson and the wondrous Dianne Reeves and all the extremely talented Pittsburgh-based musicians us to new heights for excellence and set the bar very high for festivals to come.  We are working to bring you more music of the highest caliber in 2015.

Special thanks go out to Ben Penigar and the Grey Area Production team for bringing Big Sam’s Funky Nation to town to give us late night musical surprises.  We are also looking forward to DJ Jay Malls pop-up record store, Trust Vinyl featuring more record vendors next year.  Lastly, DJ Nate da Phat Barber rocked the streets with the best street party ever!

None of the fun would be possible without the generous support of the R. K. Mellon Foundation, the City of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Macy’s, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Imagine Pittsburgh, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Big Y Restaurant Group and Visit Pittsburgh for their support.  Special thanks to North Coast Brewing Company and TGIFridays for joining the list this year.   The numerous in-kind sponsors, JazzLive friends, our advisory board  make the festival better every year.

Join us for PJLIF 2015 on June 19-21.

Janis Burley Wilson

Online Live Streaming from PJLIF 2014

Having trouble making it into the Cultural District for the concert of your choice?  Live streaming of the following performances will be made available.

For the latest updates on these live-streamed performances, please check the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Livestream page.

Pittsburgh Region Seeks To Welcome Visitors/Fill Jobs Through “¡Hola Pittsburgh!” Initiative Targeting Latinos

Public-private partnership of government, business and nonprofit organizations formed to reach out to Latinos looking for opportunity.

Initiative launches officially on June 22 with legendary salsa band, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico’s, first-ever Pittsburgh performance.

June 16, 2014 (PITTSBURGH) – Pittsburgh, the “City of Bridges,” is building bridges to Puerto Rico and to Latinos living in the United States through “¡Hola Pittsburgh!” – a year-long talent attraction initiative* that launches the weekend of June 21-22 with a special emphasis on professionals relocating from Puerto Rico. Organized by a partnership of government, business and nonprofit organizations and chaired by the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ¡Hola Pittsburgh! seeks to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.

The kickoff of the initiative features a performance by the legendary salsa band, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, as part of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The concert will be the capstone of a VIP weekend in Pittsburgh for San Juan resident Daniel Torres, winner of an “¡Hola Pittsburgh!“- sponsored trip for two to Pittsburgh, promoted in Puerto Rico by VisitPITTSBURGH, the local tourism promotion agency. ¡Hola Pittsburgh! will also encourage Pittsburghers to consider Puerto Rico when making vacation plans in the Caribbean.
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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Prominent New Sponsors, Program Schedule & Podcasts For pittsburgh Jazzlive International Festival

JUNE 20-22, 2014 | PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA | CULTURAL DISTRICT

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that there have been special additions to the 4th Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival taking place in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Downtown Cultural District this summer.  The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.

The City of Pittsburgh, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, MACY’S and the Richard King Mellon Foundation will return as sponsors for the annual festival drawing thousands of diverse participants to Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District.  This year, new organizations have joined the list of prominent sponsors, including The Waterfront, Northcoast Brewing and TgiFridays.  ImaginePittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Fifth Third Bank will sponsor the headlining performance of El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 22.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of such a prestigious group of sponsors to the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival,” shared Janis Burley Wilson, Director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Organizations such as these raise the standard for supporting the cultural economy of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful for the support in promoting such a unique festival that reaches beyond the region into international markets, bringing audiences and attention back to the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.”
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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Salsa Icons Added to Pittsburgh JazzLive Festival Line-Up

EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 | CULTURAL DISTRICT | PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico as part of the 4th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival being held June 20-22, 2014 in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s downtown Cultural District. The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. This year’s performance will feature one of the oldest and best-known salsa bands in the world, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. The performance is sponsored by ImaginePittsburgh.com.

“It is an honor to present the internationally renowned, El Gran Combo as part of this year’s festival.  Their history takes the festival to new heights as an international music destination” shared Janis Burley Wilson, Director Jazz Programs and Vice President, Education & Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  “The Festival is committed to presenting a vast array of music from locals to legends, and the Trust is grateful for the generous support of ImaginePittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, for grasping the importance of bringing these legendary musicians to this year’s Festival in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.”

Ron Alvarado, Chairman of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chair of ¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! added, “El Gran Combo is to Latin America, from a music perspective, what Roberto Clemente is to Latin America from a sports/humanitarian perspective. Both El Gran Combo and Clemente are revered and held in the highest esteem.” Ron Alvarado is the President and founder of Novus Group, LLC, a Pittsburgh based staffing and recruitment outsourcing company. In August 2013 (for the 2nd year in a row), Novus was ranked one of the Top 100 fastest growing privately owned companies in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In June 2013 (for the 3rd consecutive year), Novus was named one of the Top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Change In The Messenger Legacy Band Personnel

4th ANNUAL PITTSBURGH JAZZLIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

JUNE 20 – 22, 2014 | PITTSBURGH, PA

Pittsburgh, PA—Due to a scheduling conflict, legendary jazz musician, Bobby Watson will not be a part of the ensemble, the Messenger Legacy Band, a tribute to Art Blakey, at the fourth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) on June 20–22, 2014. Mr. Watson will be appearing at Manchester Craftmen’s Guild with his band HORIZON on Saturday, April 12th, and due to no fault of his own, he was listed as a member of the Messenger Legacy Band. Tickets are available at 412-322-0800 or mcgjazz.org.

All artists and show times for the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival are subject to change. For updates, a full list of artist biographies, sponsors and more information please visit TrustArts.org/jazzlivefest.

Dianne Reeves to Headline 4th Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
4th ANNUAL PITTSBURGH JAZZLIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

NEW DATES: JUNE 20 – 22, 2014 | PITTSBURGH, PA

200 JAZZ MUSICIANS PERFORMING 72 HOURS OF JAZZ
IN THE HEART OF THE CULTURAL DISTRICT
DIANNE REEVES HEADLINES THE FREE FESTIVAL

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the fourth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) on June 20–22, 2014. PJLIF will consist of three days of free jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. PJLIF attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. The Festival features local, emerging, and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries.

“During this Festival we celebrate some of the world’s most important Jazz musicians and an art form that has merged several cultures into one distinct style.” says Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “We are thrilled to host Grammy-Award winners, emerging talent, and local favorites in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District.”

FESTIVAL HEADLINER: DIANNE REEVES

Dianne Reeves is among the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world. A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” Reeves has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, she was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy-winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards. When Reeves’s holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD’s I’ve heard.” More recently, Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including a program entitled “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone in which Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo were also featured. In what has been a storied, extraordinary career, Beautiful Life features some of the most engaging songs Reeves has ever offered. “Even in a world with much sadness,” says Reeves, “at its essence, life is beautiful, and I wanted to celebrate that which can be easily overlooked.” Most certainly, among those things not to be overlooked is Beautiful Life.

ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS

Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones returns to the festival stage with an installation of the lauded series Jazz Meets Funk, performing with Dwayne Dolphin and Fred Wesley, best known for his work with James Brown.  Other outstanding artists participating in the Festival include Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, Nancy Harms, Thomas Wendt, Joe Locke, harpist Brandee Younger, Raul Midón, Gregory Porter, and emerging artists and local favorites Benny Benack III and Emmet Cohen.

 

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • A free Jazz Crawl in the Cultural District, featuring 150 local and regional musicians at 25 venues kicks off the Festival Friday, June 20, from 5:30–9 p.m.
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs late night at the REX on Pittsburgh’s South Side, Saturday, June 21. This special performance is a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Grey Area Productions. Tickets are available at the Rex Theater’s website rextheater.com.
  • In addition to late-night club performances, Jam Sessions at locations throughout the Cultural District begin at 10 p.m., June 21 and June 22.
  • 2014’s Showcase Noir marks the 11th year for this African American Designer Market that includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber works, and sculptures available for sale by some of the world’s finest artists.
  • A special pop-up vinyl record store Trust Vinyl will be located at Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue, in downtown’s Cultural District. Coordinated by Pittsburgh local DJ Malls, visitors can purchase vinyl in this old-fashioned record store.
  • The outdoor Night Market presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership features some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors of food, music, art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, and more.

 

JAZZLIVE FRIENDS

Jammin’ JazzLive Club members enjoy benefits including festival merchandise, access to a VIP lounge, and meet and greet opportunities with PIJLF artists. This year a new VIP pricing structure and seating structure are introduced. Learn more: TrustArts.org/jazzlivefest.

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is made possible through the generous support of RK Mellon, UPMC, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and MACY’S.  This year, PJLIF is proud to announce megabus.com as the official Pittsburgh Jazz Festival Bus Transportation Sponsor. The company brings approximately 35,000 customers to Pittsburgh per month providing an affordable, convenient and fun way to travel. PJLIF is also supported by numerous collaborators, in-kind and media sponsors.

All artists and show times are subject to change. For updates, a full list of artist biographies, sponsors and more information please visit TrustArts.org/jazzlivefest.

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & Grey Area Productions Partner on JazzLive Presentation

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION

SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2014
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH GREY AREA PRODUCTIONS
AS PART OF THE 4TH ANNUAL

PITTSBURGH JAZZLIVE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

21+ event | Doors Open at 8:00 p.m. | Show Begins at 9:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA:  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that it will partner with Grey Area Productions to present Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. at the Rex Theater as part of the 4th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

Tickets are available at www.greyareaprod.com, and at Culture Shop (South Side), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), 720 Records (Lawrenceville), and Soundcat Records (Bloomfield). Tickets are $15 in advance, and $17 day-of-show.

Hailing from New Orleans as the former trombone player of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam always entertains audiences with his exhilarating brand of high-voltage funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop, termed “Noladelic Powerfunk.” The San Francisco Chronicle asserts “[Big Sam is] the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.”  Accompanying Big Sam are Andrew Baham on Trumpet/Vocals, Joshua Connelly on Guitar, Chocolate MILK on Drums and Jerry Henderson p/k/a Jblakk on Bass. Together, BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION engages and delights audiences across the country with their high energy performance and showmanship. Big Sam’s Funky Nation has wowed crowds at major festivals and events, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Gathering of the Vibes, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jam Cruise and countless others. According to the Associated Press, “Big Sam’s Funky Nation, one of New Orleans’ most energetic brass bands, had a crowd of thousands on its feet at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.” BSFN has also been featured on “LIVE! with Regis & Kelly,” and more recently, in HBO’s original series, “Treme,” where the band performs one of their songs for a Mardi Gras event, and Big Sam plays himself in multiple episodes, including scenes with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint as they recorded the acclaimed Grammy-nominated album, River in Reverse.

Grey Area Productions is extremely proud to continue its eight year relationship with Big Sam in Pittsburgh. A Big Sam show is one not to be missed, and will, as Jambase has noted, “bring a straight raw party” that the audience will talk about for ages to come.

Artist page: www.bigsamsfunkynation.com

Facebook Event page: www.facebook.com/rextheater/events

Direct ticketing link: http://bit.ly/bsfnrex

About the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The fourth annual festival will be held June 20–22, 2014 in the heart of Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District. PJLIF consists of three days of free jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages. PJLIF attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. The Festival features local, emerging, and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.

Grey Area Productions is a full-service concert production company providing top-quality service to artists and their fans alike since 2007. Visit GreyAreaProd.com.

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