Thursday, April 5, 2012

2nd Annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates city's rich jazz legacy with second annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
June 1-3, 2012 - Pittsburgh's Cultural District
The second annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) returns to downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, 2012, for an expanded weekend of music, art and celebration. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust produces this annual event to celebrate Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The event features a JazzLive Crawl in 30 downtown venues on Friday; three outdoor stages on Saturday and Sunday; a lineup of regional, national and internationally acclaimed musicians; and on Sunday a visual art show dedicated to the African and African American diaspora.
“The overarching theme of programming of this year’s festival is ‘family,’” says Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President and Director of Jazz Programs for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Jazz appreciation is passed down through the generations. Pittsburgh has families of musicians who have been trailblazers in jazz and who carry on the deep tradition and respect for the music. There will be a number of families performing in this festival: brothers, sisters, children of important jazz figures in Pittsburgh.”
In total over 240 artists, including 140 local musicians, will perform at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival in downtown restaurants, coffee shops, and galleries and on three large outdoor stages along the Penn Avenue corridor. Featured PJLIF musicians include: Monty Alexander, Poogie Bell, The Clayton Brothers, Fort Apache with Andy & Jerry Gonzalez, Robert Glasper, Alan Harris, Lalah Hathaway, Sean Jones, Soul Cycle, Jeff “Tain” Watts and The Average White Band among many others.

There is no admission to attend the performances at the outdoor stages. Seating in restaurants, however, during the Jazzlive Crawl on Friday, June 1, is only available for dining patrons. On Saturday, June 2, Sean Jones, who was named artist-in-residence for the new initiative Sound & Spirit, will debut a new commissioned piece. Central to the Sound & Spirit program are community and school workshops with residents who contribute to the writing and composition process; the program’s goal is to create music truly inspired by the people of the City of Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International weekend is presented with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Macy’s, Savoy Restaurant, the City of Pittsburgh, and media sponsor Downbeat Magazine as well as 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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