Friday, June 3, 2011

JazzLive International Opens June 3rd with over 150 Artists in 30 Venues



Veronica Corpuz
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s


Opens today, Friday, June 3, 2011

Cultural District

Sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield contributes to present over 150 artists in 30 venues

Pittsburgh, PA: Today The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust launches the first inaugural Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival in the Cultural District. The weekend of music kicks off tonight with a JazzLive Crawl and continues on Saturday with national and internationally renowned musicians on the JazzLive Summer stages, concluding on Sunday with a visual art show, plus concert by soul legend Bettye LaVette. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh JazzLive International is produced in cooperation with Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 3-12th.

“Highmark supports JazzLive International because it will provide Pittsburgh residents, and those who are visiting from out of town, with the opportunity to enjoy the countless cultural amenities our city has to offer,” said Mary Anne Papale, Highmark’s director of community affairs.

On Friday, June 3rd, the JazzLive Crawl will feature two dozen venues in the Cultural District from 5:30-9pm, with a variety of regional acts. Downtown Cultural District restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops will participate. Entrance is free; however seating is available only for patrons dining at participating restaurants.

On Saturday, June 4th, the three JazzLive Summer Stages—located at 9th Street and Liberty, Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th, Penn Avenue between 9th and 10th—will feature the following artists:

· Chelsea Baratz

· Center Of Life/Monterey Jazz Festival

· Roger Humphries

· Sean Jones

· Les Nubians

· Gretchen Parlato

· Gregory Porter

· Bobby Sanabria

· Soulive

On Sunday, June 5th, Showcase Noir, the African American artist and designer showcase will fill the halls of the Byham Theater with visual art and live jazz with Alton Merrell and DJ SMI. The evening of June 5th, the Cultural Trust has partnered with Grey Area Productions to present soul and blues diva, Bettye LaVette at Altar Bar in the Strip District. Tickets can be purchased through the Pittsburgh JazzLive International website.

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International weekend is presented with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Macy’s, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Savoy Restaurant, the City of Pittsburgh and many in-kind sponsors. All artists and show times are subject to change. Please visit or call 412-456-6666 for updates and information.

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