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he Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the 2017 Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF). This year’s festival kicks-off with a ticketed performance of multi-Grammy Award winner, David Sanborn live at the August Wilson Center on June 16 and closes with Latin uber group, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra on June 18.
“In its 7th year, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has developed a brand of excellence and commitment to our jazz roots while exploring many perspectives on this music we love,” shared Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The three day festival also features internationally renowned and multi-Grammy award-winner Angelique Kidjo on Saturday June 17. Kidjo, is one of the greatest international music artists today and was named by Time Magazine as “Africa’s premier diva.” Kidjo’s appearance is a ticketed performance at the August Wilson Center.
Free concerts on outdoor stages are always the highlight at the PJLIF, and this year’s festival will not disappoint with all-star group Hudson leading the way. This quartet is comprised of legendary musicians, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier coming together to create a distinct, remarkable sound. Internationally-acclaimed trumpeter/composer and Pittsburgh favorite, Sean Jones returns to this year’s festival, and will premiere a commissioned work reflecting the political and social discourse that we are experiencing in the U.S. Each new composition is influenced by the writings of James Baldwin, and will personify the current social and cultural issues plaguing the country.
To enhance the festival goers experience, the celebration will start Friday night with a bash at the 9th Street Stage – AFROHEAT! – a 3-hour party featuring DJ SMI spinning deep & funky Afrobeat, Afrohouse, Afrolatin, Afrofuture and AfroBrazilian rhythm’s that will keep you dancing the night away! The PJLIF will also have a JazzLive pub crawl, jam sessions, artist booths, vinyl record boutique, food trucks and a craft beer garden.
The second installment of Rhythm & Groove 2017, a large scale jazz soiree takes place on June 16th at the August Wilson Center featuring the Caribbean vibes of Elan Trotman’s Topicality, classic, jazz standards by Allan Harris, Latin grooves of Noel Quintana’s Latin Orchestra and a special appearance by Sean Jones. General admission and VIP tickets for Rhythm & Groove are available at $50 for the party and $250 for the full VIP experience that includes pre David Sanborn show cocktails, meet and greet with the artist, and a VIP lounge throughout the evening with open bar and hors d’ouevres, plus VIP seating at each outdoor stage during the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. Tickets for Rhythm and Groove 2017 are available at https://trustarts.org/production/53421/rhythm-and-groove.
Tickets for David Sanborn and Angelique Kidjo are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
The performances on the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival outdoor stages are free but also have VIP seating available. To become a JazzLive Friend and receive VIP benefits visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/support/jazzlive-friends/.