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June 2016

Jazz Crawl

June 24, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution

June 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
9th Street Stage,

Lyndsey Smith Smith & Soul Distribution have been performing in Pittsburgh for 100+ people per regional concert frequently for the past 5 years, most recently performing at the David Lawrence Convention Center in front of 1,800 guests for VisitPittsburgh.com and as a headliner at Pittsburgh First Night Celebration for New Year's Eve for 2,000+ guests. LSSD was the feature entertainment for the the Live Nation VIP party for Nicki Minaj's concert on Aug. 8th, 2015 at the First Niagara Pavilion and that LSSD shared the night with Patti Labelle's outdoor concert at Meadows Casino on Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2015 and performed inside the casino after the show. Lyndsey was just recently featured in Unheard Voices Magazine.LSSD is featured in the premiere issue of The Elite Pittsburgh Magazine, has been remarked as "Pittsburgh's hidden sensation" by Steel City Entertainment Magazine and were Critics' Pick for the Pittsburgh City Paper for the 2015…

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PartyUP – Prince Dance Party

June 24, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9th Street Stage,

Party like it’s 1999 and celebrate the music of Prince Rogers Nelson on 9th Street. DJ Selecta spins the Minneapolis Sound and beyond on the Streets of Pittsburgh.

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JazzLive Special Performance for Children Ages 3 to 5

June 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave.

At this newly commissioned FREE performance, children will engage in quality jazz music while learning the various styles and elements that make jazz so unique. Anqwenique Wingfield and James Johnson III lead this engaging and interactive performance along with other local talented musicians. Generous support is provided by PNC Grow Up Great. Trust Arts Education Center 805-807 Liberty Ave. 412-471-6079 trustarts.org

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Tony DePaolis Contemporary Dynamic

June 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
9th Street Stage,

Tony DePaolis has quickly become one of the most in-demand bassists in Pittsburgh. His supple, solid playing and working knowledge of many different styles of music has led to an intense schedule of performances in the area and in other regions in the US. Tony hails from a musical family that has been active in the local music scene since the mid-60s, and has enjoyed the great advantages of being a musical "trunk baby." In addition to many tours, recording dates and performances with notable local and national leaders, in late 2009 Tony also released his debut CD as a leader. Entitled "The Contemporary Dynamic," it is a 2-disc cross-section of the jazz scene and beyond of Pittsburgh, featuring 36…

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Nu Grid Featuring Jean-Paul Bourelly & Vernon Reid

June 25, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Penn Avenue Stage,

Nu Grid is a brand new project that explores the boundaries of beat and improvised music. Nu Grid. Jean-Paul Bourelly and Graham Haynes are the project initiators with Vernon Reed and DJ logic completing the auspicious lineup. Jean-Paul Bourelly describes Nu Grid as, “The convergence point of four accomplished musicians, who have always moved on the progressive side of music. We use the jazz impulse, free form funk, beat music, Afro-phonics and any technologies that might lead us into new meaningful musical spaces, to inform us of the next exciting discovery.” Experimental thinker and cornetist Graham Haynes conducts the Bitches Brew Revisited project and has eight recordings including “Transition” (Antilles). That was in fact the last time these four musicians…

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Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith

June 25, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UPMC Stage,

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by the Los Angeles Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star,” and by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” He was named DownBeat Magazine's 2015 Artist of the Year and 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. The New York Times observes, “There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer.”…

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Davina & The Vagabonds

June 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
9th Street Stage,

Davina & The Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 1⁄2 stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them…

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Jeff “Tain” Watts and the Blue 3

June 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Penn Avenue Stage,

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call "Tain," spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention.  Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy's for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz. In the film and television…

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The Chick Corea Trio Featuring Brian Blade and Christian McBride

June 25, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
UPMC Stage,

Chick Corea Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating…

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Buika

June 25, 2016 @ 9:15 pm - 10:30 pm
August Wilson Center,

Fearless in her music, fearless in her life. That’s Buika, she of the sensually languorous voice that can reach fiery heights. To speak of Buika is to speak of a singer, songwriter, music producer, writer, and poet who has not only survived, but also thrived, excelled, and left her mark. Critics, media, and fans alike have realized that Buika defies expectations and confounds conventions. An artist who follows in the tradition of those select performers who have transcended with their voice, charisma, and command of the stage - Buika stirs emotions with her vocals, pierces hearts with her lyrics, and enraptures with her presence. María Concepción Balboa, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the daughter of West African parents, from…

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Revive Big Band feat. Igmar Thomas & After Party with Pete Rock

June 25, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
August Wilson Center,

"We’re carrying on within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today - modifying the message, and making it translatable and accessible to the people, so that they have something to connect to. We represent that bridge.” -Igmar Thomas Heralded by the Village Voice for having New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz, Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound while pointing to things yet to come for a new era of music. Formed in 2010 by trumpeter, composer and arranger Igmar Thomas, this multi-generational ensemble knows no limits while seeking to advance, celebrate and re-imagine sonic freedom in big band form. The Revive Big Band’s well-honed musical sensibilities…

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Brianna Thomas

June 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
9th Street Stage,

Born and raised in Peoria Illinois, Brianna grew up surrounded by music. Her father, Charlie Thomas, not only influenced her with his own unique talents as a vocalist and percussionist, he created an exceptionally well-rounded musical environment that fostered Brianna’s emerging abilities. At the tender age of six, Brianna made her singing debut performing a duet rendition of the jazz classic, “What A Wonderful World” with her father. At the age of eight she won her first of thirteen trophies, all first place and overall, from various district and regional talent shows. Between the ages of eight and ten she had her first gigs performing for a variety of banquets, black tie affairs and as a guest on local radio…

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Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet

June 26, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Penn Avenue Stage,

The Afro-Peruvian Sextet was established in 2005. The ensemble’s insistently inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music transformed by Gabriel Alegría’s highly personal synthesis of folkloric Afro-Peruvian rhythms, jazz, and other musical strains has led to a signature accomplishment: developing the band’s patented blend of deep scholarship and playfulness into a touring experience that conveys a vast knowledge of the music and, perhaps more importantly, transmits black music from coastal Perú as a way of life to its audiences. Each member of the Sextet is not only a master musician but also a dedicated and experienced educator. During more than ten years on the road together, the mission of the band has incessantly been to spread the joy and love of…

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Antonio Adolfo & Kenia

June 26, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UPMC Stage,

Antonio Adolfo Pianist, arranger, producer and educator Antonio Adolfo grew up in a musical family in Rio de Janeiro (his mother was a violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra), and began his studies at the age of seven. At seventeen he was already a professional musician. His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger, in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio that participated in several Bossa Nova and Jazz shows in Brazil and toured with singers Leny Andrade, Carlos Lyra, Flora Purim, Wilson Simonal, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento, Adolfo wrote tunes such as Pretty World (original Brazilian title: Sa Marina) that gained great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes,…

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Aaron Abernathy & The Nat Turner Band

June 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
9th Street Stage,

Aaron Abernathy, professionally known as AB, is a multi-talented entertainer - musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, AB comes from a long-line of historical pioneers including Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and student of the same high school music program as the late R&B great Gerald Levert. AB's detailed-oriented passion for the craft is influenced heavily by the unstoppable showmanship of James Brown; the supreme vocal talents of Prince and Marvin Gaye; the inspired lyricism of Stevie Wonder; and the fearless originality of George Clinton. His professional music pursuits began on the historical steps of Howard University, where he formed the band AB and The Souljourners and developed a buzz on the local DC music…

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Brett Williams

June 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Penn Avenue Stage,

Brett started playing music at the age of 2, piano at 4. His early influences in music were funk, gospel and jazz, and he was always interested in improvisation. By the time he was 9, Brett was performing locally; by his teens, he was making a name for himself on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. Brett became an in-demand pianist throughout greater Pittsburgh, and he frequently played, recorded and produced with great musicians including Dwayne Dolphin, Sean Jones, Roger Humphries and Poogie Bell. In 2010, Brett studied jazz and classical music with outstanding musicians such as Sean Jones at Duquesne University, where he also earned many solo performance awards before graduating. In 2012, Brett won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival…

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Eddie Palmieri’s Big Salsa Orchestra

June 26, 2016 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
UPMC Stage,

Pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, Eddie Palmieri is known as one of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales. Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the…

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