Today's date: March 24, 2012
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust JazzLive series celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month in April with 5 performances that embrace the multidirectional influence of jazz music. The series, NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST…Directions in JAZZLIVE will kick off with a student matinee in the Byham Theater featuring the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra in a Jazz at Lincoln Center presentation called, “Tell It! The Story of American Music” on Monday, April 2, 2012.
The first evening performance of NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST…Directions will be Gregory Porter on the Cabaret at Theater Square stage at 8pm. The BBC has called California-born, Porter’s voice “a marvel: warm assured tenor with precise, impeccable intonation, completely at home in classy originals that-like all good jazz-seem to bathe in timeless familiarity.” Gregory Porter performance is highly anticipated, due to his successful performance in the first Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.
On April 10th, The Trust welcomes Cuban jazz legend, Chuchito Valdes and his trio. The Havana-born piano extraordinaire, Valdes, comes from one of Cuba’s most distinguished musical families. His fiery performance style is sure to delight and get the audience dancing in the aisles of the Cabaret Theater.
The northern influence of the month of programming hails from Vancouver, B.C. with the Cory Weeds Quartet, with special guest, Joey DeFrancesco, who is considered by many music critics to be the finest jazz organist on the planet. Weeds is a saxophonist, jazz club owner, producer, composer, and musical agent. His entire life is jazz drenched, thus making him a perfect addition to the JazzLive concert repertoire. They will perform in the Cabaret on April 17th.
Finally, The Trust will feature East Coast jazz vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell for a rare Pittsburgh engagement. Ferrrell made her mark as a crossover artists, but she uses her voice in ways that make her a vital part of any jazz instrumental ensemble. She is considered one of the most dynamic talents in music today.
Vice President of Education/Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs, Janis Burley Wilson says, “We wanted to demonstrate the influence that jazz music, America’s classical music, has had on the world, north, south, east, and west. The eclectic line-up has something to offer any music lover, whether one is deeply rooted in straight ahead jazz, rhythm and blues, pop or world music.”
For tickets ($30.75) to the performances in the NORTH.SOUTH.EAST.WEST: Directions in JAZZLIVE series for National Jazz Appreciation Month, visit trustarts.org or call 412 456 6666. The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is sponsored by Macy’s, Highmark, Savoy Restaurant, a host of foundations, and supported by many in-kind sponsors. JazzLive is sponsored generously by BNY Mellon.
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