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.

Pittsburgh: Plenty of Opportunity, Not Enough People

“The Pittsburgh region’s labor force and total employment are setting all-time records,” said Bill Flanagan, co-publisher of ImaginePittsburgh.com, which is co-sponsoring the El Gran Combo concert with Fifth Third Bank. “But to meet the demand for skilled talent as the Baby Boomers retire, we’re going to need to attract more people even as we work to educate and train individuals already here.

We believe that American citizens relocating from Puerto Rico and Latinos living in other parts of the U.S. who are interested in advancing their careers and building a great life can play a big part in helping meet the demand for skilled and educated workers. ¡Hola Pittsburgh! is a strong start.”

The concert and sweepstakes emphasize an interest in welcoming Latinos to Pittsburgh – recently recognized by the Travel Channel as a top “All-American Vacation Destination” – and a place which is seeking to fill, on average, 20,000-plus open jobs listed on ImaginePittsburgh.com, a web-based gateway to live-work-play opportunities in the Pittsburgh region.

“Pittsburghers and Puerto Ricans will find they have more in common than they might imagine,” said Ron Alvarado, chair of ¡Hola Pittsburgh! and the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Pittsburgh is connected to Puerto Rico via the legacy of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball legend Roberto Clemente. We have a small, but growing Latino community that’s ready to welcome and to help Puerto Ricans and other Latinos find their place – professionally and personally – in Pennsylvania’s second-largest city: the urban heart of a beautiful 10-county southwestern Pennsylvania region where opportunity is plentiful.”

Raising Pittsburgh’s Profile as a Place of Opportunity for All

“This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to Latinos looking for new opportunity in the United States,” said Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “There are tens of thousands of jobs listed on ImaginePittsburgh.com from employers across the 10-county Pittsburgh region, and there will be more in the years to come. Allegheny County is a ‘welcoming county,’ and we look forward to rolling out the welcome mat for visitors who may consider making the county – and the Pittsburgh region – their home.”

City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who recently launched “Welcoming Pittsburgh,” an effort to attract international immigrants to the city, said, “Pittsburgh was built by immigrants, and we will need a new generation of immigrants to join us in building our future. I congratulate the organizers of ¡Hola Pittsburgh! on an important step toward achieving this goal.”

Latinos Have Much to Offer Pittsburgh, Culturally and Professionally. “It All Begins with a Visit.”

“The Latino community has a foothold here, and there’s plenty of room for it to grow,” said Melanie Harrington, president and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit focused on increasing diversity in the region. “Our region must become more diverse to compete more fully in the global market, and many Latino professionals – especially those in Puerto Rico – are seeking a ‘soft landing’ in a stable economy. They have much to offer Pittsburgh culturally and professionally. It’s win-win.”

“It all begins with a visit … learning about all that Pittsburgh, a mighty, authentic, ‘small big city,’ has to offer,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “El Gran Combo is a golden ticket for showcasing Pittsburgh, the ‘now’ American city, to our neighbors to the south in Puerto Rico and Latinos across the country. We’re excited to welcome them to our community.”

In the first year of the initiative, ¡Hola Pittsburgh! focuses on professional Latino talent, including skilled tradespersons. For these individuals, professional opportunities are sizeable across the Pittsburgh region. Longer-term, the initiative will invite individuals of all skill sets to see Pittsburgh as a place of opportunity.

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¡Hola Pittsburgh! is a partnership of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, Roberto Clemente Foundation, Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Allegheny County, Allegheny County Airport Authority, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates, ImaginePittsburgh.com, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Pittsburgh Promise, Point Park University, World Affairs Council-Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and VisitPITTSBURGH. The partners seek to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.

*¡Hola Pittsburgh! Unfolds in Three Phases Through March 2015:

Phase One (through June 22, 2014): Kickoff featuring El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

On Sunday, June 22, during the JazzLive International Festival, volunteers from the Latin American Cultural Union will encourage attendees to visit the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! hospitality tent, where major employers as Giant Eagle, UPMC, BNY Mellon, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Financial Services Group and many more are being showcased. Individuals who register at the tent have the opportunity to enter to win an iPad.

Phase Two (June 23 – September 21, 2014): Roberto Clemente Day promotion

Working with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball,ImaginePittsburgh.com will conduct a sweepstakes in target markets within a 500-mile radius of Pittsburgh – and in Puerto Rico – for a trip to Pittsburgh for the season-closing weekend, as well as Clemente, a play based on the life of Roberto Clemente, premiering in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on September 19, 2014.

Phase Three (September 22, 2014 – March 31, 2015): Pittsburgh in Puerto Rico

In October 2014, Vibrant Pittsburgh will organize a job and career fair in San Juan. Pittsburgh employers will travel to Puerto Rico to recruit experienced professionals for careers in the region.

 

The launch of ¡Hola Pittsburgh! has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development/ImaginePittsburgh.com, VisitPITTSBURGH, the Pittsburgh Area Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, VibrantPittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Latin American Cultural Union and thanks to the sponsorship of Fifth Third Bank, UPMC, Giant Eagle, Comcast, Fabled Table, and United Healthcare.

CONTACT: Phil Cynar, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, 412-281-4783, ext. 4573 pcynar@alleghenyconference.org

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.”

2014 PJLIF PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Nate da Phat Barber (DJ) with Line Dance Party | Friday, June 20 at 5:00pm.
    Line Dance Party will begin at 7:30pm.
    Location: Ninth Street Stage
  • Snarky Puppy | Friday, June 20 at 9:15pm.
    Location: Ninth Street Stage
  • Brandee Younger Sextet – Afroharp | Friday, June 21 at 2:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • The Messenger Legacy | Saturday, June 21 at 3:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage I
  • Gregory Porter | Saturday, June 21 at 4:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • Joe Locke Group featuring Kenny Washington | Saturday, June 21 at 6:30pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • Jazz Meets Funk featuring Fred Wesley | Saturday, June 21 at 8:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage I
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation | Saturday, June 21 at 9:00pm.
    Location: Rex Theater on the South Side, Pittsburgh
    Presented in collaboration with Grey Area Productions
    *Tickets: $15.00 in advance and $17.00 the day-of-show
  • Emmet Cohen Trio featuring Benny Benack, III | Sunday, June 22 at 2:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico | Sunday, June 22 at 3:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage I
    Sponsored by imaginepittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Fifth Third Bank.
  • Nancy Harms | Sunday, June 22 at 3:00pm.
    Location: Ninth Street Stage
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Allan Harris | Sunday, June 22 at 4:15pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • Raul Midón | Sunday, June 22 at 6:45pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage II
  • Dianne Reeves | Sunday, June 22 at 8:00pm.
    Location: Penn Avenue Stage I

PODCASTS: JAZZCORNER.COM INTERVIEWS WITH ARTISTS

JazzCorner.com is a partner of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  JazzCorner.com is the largest portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. New features on JazzCorner include the jazz video share where you can upload and share jazz and blues videos, JazzCorner Jukebox, surf the net with Jazz always playing, submit your latest jazz news, and check out what is hot at JazzCorner’s Speakeasy, the busiest bulletin board for jazz.
JazzCorner.com is proud to present JazzCorner.com Jazz Perspectives and JazzCorner.com InnerViews podcasts. The player currently features an interview with PJLIF 2014 Headliner, Dianne Reeves. To hear past podcasts, just hit next on the player, or you may scroll the list. You may also download music to your computer as a CD quality MP3, or you may subscribe through the RSS buttons. Please visit http://www.jazzcorner.com/innerviews/ to listen and send your comments to lois@jazzcorner.com.

LIVE STREAMING

Having trouble making it into the Cultural District for the concert of your choice?  Live streaming of the following performances will be made available.  Please check www.TrustArts.org/JazzFest for updates on how to tune in.

  • SNARKY PUPPY | June 20 at 9:15pm.
  • JAZZ MEETS FUNK featuring Fred Wesley | June 21 at 8pm.
  • EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO | June 22 at 3pm.
  • DIANNE REEVES | June 22 at 8pm.

About the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzFest.

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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

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Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org

Diana Roth, Communications Manager, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org

Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, 847-477-8714/Warchall@TrustArts.org

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.

About El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (El Gran Combo)

El Gran Combo is synonymous with Salsa. The band has sold over 150 million records worldwide, holds the record for the most No.1 Latin hits across the Latin Music Charts and continues to play the world’s most prestigious venues. The group was deemed La Universidad de La Salsa (The University of Salsa) in Colombia, due to the number of famous salsa musicians and singers who developed their careers alongside the band, who started with the group (particularly Andy Montañez), or who were occasionally backed up by the band (including Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe and La India). In the past ten years, four of their albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard Tropical Album Chart and in 2012 the band was hailed as the ultimate ambassadors of Salsa music, being featured on The New York Times’ honor roll of the world’s top four (4) international bands celebrating their golden jubilees – alongside The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Chieftains. For more information, visit: www.elgrancombodepuertorico.net.

¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! Initiative

¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! is a partnership of The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Cultural Union, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and VisitPittsburgh seeking to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity, and quality of life.  Visit holapittsburgh.com for information regarding ¡HOLA, PITTSBURGH! events and look for updates under #HolaPgh.

About Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 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.

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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

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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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Watch PJLIF live online on Sunday, June 9th

If you can’t be in town to enjoy the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, this weekend, you’re in luck! We’ll be video streaming parts of some of the shows on Sunday, June 9th. To watch the live video stream, go to the PJLIF LiveStream page.

We will be broadcasting parts of the following shows:

  • Sean Jones Quartet – 1:15pm to 2:00pm
  • Gregory Porter – 3pm to 4pm
  • Marcus Miller – 4pm to 4:30pm

Or better still, if you can get here, you can see the full June 9th schedule here.

The Nevilles to replace Chaka Khan at JazzLive concert

By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The cancellation of Chaka Khan, because of an ailing voice, robbed the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival of some of its star power.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, however, has replaced her with some serious funk.

Coming from New Orleans will be The Nevilles, a new incarnation of the Neville Brothers without frontman Aaron, who is off on a solo project.

The Nevilles features brothers Art and Charles with four members of DumpstaPhunk: Ivan and Ian Neville, bassist Tony Hall and Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce’s former drummer). Keyboardist Ivan is Aaron’s son, and guitarist Ian belongs to Art, who formed the Meters (the precursor to the Neville Brothers) in 1965. Cyril Neville, who is also part of this band, will not be on board for Sunday’s show.

The Nevilles, which performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in April, will play the outdoor Penn Avenue Stage at 7 p.m. Sunday to close the weekend-long JazzLive event in the Cultural District.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan Enterprises announced today that Khan has had to cancel concert dates in June, due to extended vocal rest ordered by her doctor. The concert dates include the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, held outdoors in the downtown Cultural District in Pittsburgh, PA  (June 9).

Pittsburgh Jazz Live International wishes her a full and speedy recovery.