Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pittsburgh JazzLive International, June 3-5, 2011

Pittsburgh JazzLive International

June 3-5, 2011 - Cultural District

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will launch Pittsburgh JazzLive International, a new jazz festival on June 3-5, 2011, in the Cultural District. The weekend of music will include a JazzLive Crawl, outdoor stages, national and internationally renowned musicians and a visual art show. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh JazzLive International is produced in cooperation with Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 3-12th.

Janis Burley Wilson, Director of Jazz Programs and Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust says, “Pittsburgh JazzLive International is an expansion of our current year-round jazz programming, and allows the Trust to showcase our regional talent. We also see this festival as an opportunity to bring together legendary artists and the up-and-coming musicians who share with audiences what the future holds for jazz.”

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 featured. Downtown Cultural District restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops will participate (details below). 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 kick off with free live music at 12 noon. Pittsburghers Chelsea Baratz, Craig Davis, and jazz legend Roger Humphries, who have moved on to perform nationally and internationally, will be showcased. Center of Life, the finalist in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation competition, will perform their first show since winning at Monterey. The Sean Jones Quintet, Gretchen Parlato, Gregory Porter are young, rising stars that will show us what’s new and next in music. Latin jazz master, Bobby Sanabria and his Quarteto Ache, as well as African-French duo, Les Nubians, bring an international flavor to the line-up. And lastly, soul/funk/jazz sensation Soulive will close the evening.

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. 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, Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Macy’s, 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.


FRIDAY June 3, 2011

JazzLive Crawl
August Wilson Center for African American Culture Gallery
980 Liberty Avenue
Caffé Amante
Fifth Avenue Place, 2nd Level
120 Fifth Avenue

Maureen Budway-ballads, vocal jazz
CAPA Gallery
111 Ninth St.
Etta Cox/Al Dowe-classic jazz, hosted by Tony Mowod, DUQ 90.5 FM
Crazy Mocha Coffeehouse
801 Liberty Avenue
Joy Ike-acoustic soul
Future Tenant
833 Penn Avenue

Howie Alexander and the Interval Mondays Band
Grille on Seventh
130 Seventh Street
Chico’s Quintet-jazz, funk, R&B
Jazz at Andy’s at the Fairmont Hotel
Tania Grubbs Trio-standards, vocals, ballads
Little E’s
949 Liberty
Benny Benack III & Friends

136 6th Street

Max Leake Quartet-Straightahead jazz
Nola on the Square
24 Market Square
John Gresh
Olive & Twist
142 6th St., 3rd floor

Hubb’s Groove – Cleveland funk/jazz
Opus, Renaissance Hotel
107 6th Street
Tim Stevens Project-smooth vocals, cool jazz
810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200

George Jones’ New View Trio-Latin jazz
Sharp Edge
922 Penn Avenue

Eric Johnson-jazz and blues
Sonoma Grille, Courtyard by Marriott
947 Penn Avenue

Kevin Howard-smooth jazz
JazzLive Jam Session led by Roger Humphries at 10 p.m.
812 Liberty Avenue
Living in the Future: sound/art installation by Eric Singer
Tonic Bar and Grill
971 Liberty Avenue
Jamie Moore Quartet-straightahead jazz
945 Liberty Avenue
Thoth Trio-experimental, avant-garde jazz
Trust Arts Education Center
805/807 Liberty Avenue

Afro American Music Institute Youth Jazz Band
Westin Convention Center Hotel Original Fish Market Restaurant
1000 Penn Avenue
Gerald Haymon Quartet-guitar jazz
Wood Street Galleries
601 Wood Street

Hysterical Machine-robotic art installation


Penn Avenue Stage
12:30 p.m. Center of Life
2:15 p.m. Gretchen Parlato
4:00 p.m. Gregory Porter
6:15 p.m. Soulive/Nigel Hall

9th/Liberty Stage
12:45 p.m. Craig Davis
2:45 p.m. Les Nubians
4:45 p.m. Sean Jones
Liberty Summer Stage
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Baratz
2:30 p.m. Roger Humphries
5:30 p.m. Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

Artwork, jewelry and crafts for sale by African American artists and designers
Byham Theater, 106 Sixth Street
Bettye Lavette
Presented in conjunction with Grey Area Productions and WYEP 91.3FM.
Altar Bar
1620 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Doors: 7pm – Show: 8pm
Age Restrictions: 21+ unless with a parent.
Tickets: $20 in advance

Who is Bettye LaVette? The simple answer is Ms. LaVette is one of the greatest soul singers in American music history, possessed of an incredibly expressive voice that one moment will exude a formidable level of strength and intensity and the next will appear vulnerable, reflective, reeking of heartbreak.

Sean Ashby-acoustic
Bar on Nine
136 Sixth St.
Bossa Nova
123 7th Street
Puro Queso – Latin Jazz
LeRoy K. Wofford-Blues! 5:30-7:30pm
Backstage Bar
655 Penn Avenue

Jazz Brunch
JazzLive Sunday Brunch from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Venue to be announced

707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Avenue
QUI VIViT: Artwork by Philip Rostek

937 Liberty Avenue
937 Liberty, 2nd floor
Named-UnNamed sound installation by Herman Pearl

Agnes R. Katz Plaza

655 Penn Avenue


The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site

the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.