Pittsburgh, PA – Things are about to get very jazzy in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, together with returning JazzLive sponsor, BNY Mellon, celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April 2016 with live performances by Grammy Award winners, renowned musicians and legendary jazz icons. Exciting concerts, jam sessions, special ticketed events and more fill the entire month, kicking off Wednesday, April 6 at the Backstreet Bar with Kevin Howard and wrapping up on Tuesday, April 26 with Chuchito Valdés at the Cabaret Theater.

Jazz Appreciation Month, cleverly abbreviated “JAM”, originated at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2002 as a way for all people to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz music.

A few events will really hit high notes, including a performance by American jazz singer, Maysa Leak on Saturday, April 9 and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Musiq Soulchild on Saturday, April 22 – both at the August Wilson Center for the second installment of the “Soul Sessions” music series.

In addition, on Saturday, April 30 the Trust is also hosting an exciting event to announce the details of the JazzLive International Festival which is being held June 24-26, 2016 at venues throughout the Cultural District. This festival, aimed at connecting the community to jazz, will bring prominent jazz musicians and visual artists to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to present Grammy-winning performers, jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances, and visual art. From the team that brought you The Chocolate Bar at the Benedum Center, these musical events are sure to get you keyed up with the vibrant sounds of blues and jazz centric events happening around town.

Tickets will be available at TrustArts.org. Stay connected at TrustArts.org/education/community/jazzlive/ to remain up to date on jazz events.

Below is a list of can’t miss performances and venues:

April 5, 2016 – Roger Humphries | The Backstage Bar | 8pm
Catch the legendary drummer during a free public performance at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square.

April 5, 2016 – Generations of Miles with Jimmy Cobb, Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams* | Cabaret | 8pm
Miles Davis’ career as a trumpeter, composer and bandleader is relived through a dynamic performance featuring a quartet made up of alumni from four different editions of the trumpeter’s bands.

April 9, 2016 – Soul Sessions presents Maysa* | August Wilson Center | 8pm
Grammy-nominated and Soul Train Music Award recipient will perform songs from her latest album, “Back 2 Love” as part of the music performance series “Soul Sessions.”

April 12, 2016 – Dwayne Dolphin | The Backstage Bar | 5-8pm
Join us for an extraordinary spring evening of inspired jazz by internationally renowned bassist, Dwayne Dolphin as part of BNY Mellon JazzLive music series.

April 12, 2016 – Gary Bartz Quartet* | Cabaret | 8pm
Saxophonist Gary Bartz brings his all-star jazz quartet to Cabaret at Theater Square as part of the BNY JazzLive music series.

April 19, 2016 – Claude Flowers | The Backstage Bar | 5-8pm
BNY Mellon JazzLive presents jazz bassist Claude Flowers at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square as part of the JazzLive music series.

April 22, 2016 – Musiq Soulchild* | August Wilson Center | 8pm
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust features an intimate performance with the Grammy-nominated R&B singer as part of the music performance series “Soul Sessions.”

April 26, 2016 – Noel Quintana Y Su Conjunto Tipico | The Backstage Bar | 5-8pm
BNY Mellon JazzLive presents Noel Quintana Y Su Conjunto Tipico at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square as part of the JazzLive music series.

April 26, 2016 – Chuchito Valdés* | Cabaret | 8pm
Enjoy the infectious grooves of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz stylings with Chuchito Valdés and his Latin jazz trio performing live at Cabaret at Theater Square as part of the BNY JazzLive music series.

Backstage Bar
The Backstage Bar at Theater Square is a favorite Cultural District hotspot for drinks, a quick bite to eat, live entertainment, and great company through the evening.  It’s the perfect place to meet before a performance, or lounge after a show, or just a great gathering place with friends and colleagues. The Backstage Bar serves an outstanding list of premium wines, spirits, specialty drinks and beers to complement the fun and casual food menu and often features live entertainment with no cover charge.

The Backstage Bar is open before and after shows and for Happy Hour (9–11 pm Tuesdays – Fridays).  Often called a hidden treasure, you can enter the bar from behind the fountain in Katz Plaza, or through the main entrance to the Cabaret at Theater Square, under the Theater Square marquee.

For more information and a full schedule of events occurring at the Backstage Bar, visit trustarts.org/visit/facilities/backstage/.

August Wilson Center
The sleekly modern August Wilson Center offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.

The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. For rental inquiries, visit the African American Cultural Center pages on CulturalDistrict.org.

For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org, www.trustarts.org/visit/facilities/august_wilson.

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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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Presented by: Trust Education and Community Engagement Department

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