About Pittsburgh JazzLive: Pittsburgh JazzLive International

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival presented by Citizens Bank began as a labor of love between the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the great jazz legacy of the city of Pittsburgh. Seven years later, we invite people from around the world, speaking different languages but sharing a common bond; a love for music and embrace of culture that overshadows our differences. PJLIF is committed to celebrating cultures of the world, and connecting the notes that make us ONE. With the majority of concerts free in the streets of the Cultural District, we eliminate many barriers and welcome everyone to celebrate jazz in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

This year, we present the band leaders to watch like Shirazette Tinnin and Linda Oh; legends like David Sanborn, Chico Freeman and Odean Pope, plus some of the hottest jazz stars on the scene right now, like Sean Jones, Tia Fuller and The Bad Plus. The queen of world music, Angelique Kidjo will honor us with her power and grace at the August Wilson Center. PJLIF isn’t complete without a tight Latin band like the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and we close out the festival with the all-star group, HUDSON, featuring Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski.

Partners like the Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz Corner, Modern Piano, University of Pittsburgh, North Coast Brewing Company, the Big Y Group, Courtyard Marriott, P & W Foreign Cars, and more make the PJLIF greater every year. These companies believe in our mission and their support is vital to the continued success of PJLIF.

Vibe is everything … “laid back, intimate and inviting” jam sessions, beer gardens, and concerts that flow from one groove to another style of music keep PJLIF fresh. YOU complete the vibe with your support, your open ears and minds…we couldn’t do it without you. Special thanks to the R. K. Mellon Foundation and all of our other sponsors for giving us another opportunity to share our festival with you.

Janis Burley Wilson
VP, Strategic Partnerships/Community Engagement
Director of Jazz Programs