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November 2018

JEFF LORBER TRIO + GRACE KELLY

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, November 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus.

Grace Kelly has drawn critical praise and new fans every year with headlining over 700 shows in 30 countries including major jazz festivals from Montreux to Newport to Montreal.

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HERE’S TO LIFE: JOE WILLIAMS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION STARRING KEITH DAVID

November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, November 30, 2018
7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Keith David — award-winning actor with more than 150 film, television, and stage roles to his name — transforms into Joe Williams to celebrate the legendary vocalist.

The performance will be filled with humor and stories of Williams’ life. Along with a big band, David will perform classic tunes made famous by Williams during his time with the Count Basie Orchestra.

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December 2018

ELIANE ELIAS

December 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Saturday, December 1, 2018
6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 26 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”

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MCG Jazz Holiday Jazz Party featuring Mike Tomaro

December 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Rivers Casino 777 Casino Dr,Pittsburgh, + Google Map
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AN ALBRIGHT FAMILY CHRISTMAS with Gerald and Selina Albright

December 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Saxophonist Gerald Albright and his talented daughter Selina Albright are excited about launching their first Albright Family Christmas Tour.

Your favorite seasonal songs done with an Albright Family twist will fill the evening. The night will get merrier with the top-tier musicians joining the family on tour.

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January 2019

Kirk Whalum

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Soulful, passionate, stirring…

These are the words most often used to describe Kirk Whalum’s music. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene. Whalum’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. In a career spanning decades, Whalum has a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.

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February 2019

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo + Edmar Castaneda & Grégoire Maret

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

This evening of international duos includes the juxtaposition of pianist Alfredo Rodriguez’ education from Havana’s rigorous, classical conservatories with percussionist Pedrito Martinez’ exacting training from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood in Old Havana.

Along with Rodriguez and Martinez is the electric pairing of Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda and exceptional, Swiss chromatic harmonica player Grégoire Maret as Harp vs Harp.

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Special Screening – WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: THE GREATEST JAZZ STORY NEVER TOLD

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mt. Lebanon Library 16 Castle Shannon BlvdPittsburgh, + Google Map
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Join the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for a screening of their documentary We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told, followed by a Q&A session and recordings of MCG Jazz.

Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh PA 15228  Phone: 412.531.1912

WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: THE GREATEST JAZZ STORY NEVER TOLD chronicles the unrecognized history of jazz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hour-long documentary features the talents of international jazz legends George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams-all Pittsburghers. Using archival footage and photos, it also sheds light on the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the world’s leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music.

Sunday, February 17th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
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René Marie + Delfaeyo Marsalis

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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6:00 p.m. &  8:30 p.m.

In a span of two decades vocalist, René Marie has cemented her reputation as a singer by borrowing various elements of folk, R&B, and classical to create a captivating style.

NEA Jazz Master Delfaeyo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Known for his excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor.

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We Knew What We Had:  The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told

February 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We Knew What We Had:  The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told ,
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Thursday February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m.

Airing on WQED Pittsburgh 

 Award-winning  documentary film features the talents of international Jazz Masters George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams – all Pittsburghers – and explores the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the leading contributors to the legacy of Jazz music in the world. The one-hour film is packed with interesting interviews, historical photographs and over 20 live performance clips of the Jazz Masters.

 

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March 2019

Celebration Of Life for Song Stylist Nancy Wilson

March 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bel Air Church 16221 Mulholland DriveLos Angeles, CA+ Google Map
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The celebration of life for Song Stylist Nancy Wilson will take place on March 2, 2019, at 1:30 PM at the Bel Air Church, 16221 Mullholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

MCG Jazz, the record label Nancy was with since 2001 will produce the event in conjunction with the Wilson family.

The celebration is open to the public.

Information will be available as updated at www.missnancywilson.com

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The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra in Concert: “Jazz Beyond Borders”

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Studebaker Theater 410 S. Michigan AvenueChicago, IL+ Google Map
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“Jazz Beyond Borders” in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and featuring Hubert Laws.

MCG Jazz is pleased to announce a special engagement featuring The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the 19-piece big band orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Chicago, IL on March 14, 2019

 

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Take 6

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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6:00 p.m. &  8:30 p.m.

The most awarded vocal group in history celebrates their 25th Anniversary!

These six, virtuosic voices unite in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.

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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in Concert: “Jazz Beyond Borders”

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zilkha Hall 800 Bagby Street, Ste 300houston, TX+ Google Map
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MCG Jazz is pleased to announce a special engagement featuring The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the 19-piece big band orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Houston, TX, on Monday, March 18, 2019. In partnership with Houston First and the Hobby Center Foundation.

Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will join the SJMO, under the direction of artistic director Charlie Young, for a one-of-a-kind concert experience.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.thehobbycenter.org

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The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra student master class workshop

March 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019, SJMO, with the support of KTSU-FM, will be conducting a student master class workshop at the Denney Theatre at the Kinder School for the Performing and Visual Arts from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm.

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April 2019

Fred Hersch Trio + ”The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” featuring Allan Harris

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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7:00 p.m. &  9:30 p.m.

A select member of jazz’ piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the genre’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator, and recording artist.

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. In this special act, Harris will pay tribute to legendary Pittsburgh vocalist, Eddie Jefferson, who is widely recognized as one the forefathers of jazz vocalese.

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The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with Hubert Laws

April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Milton Court Concert Hall Milton Court Silk StreetLondon, + Google Map
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Explore the global evolution of jazz as the SJMO and guest flutist Hubert Laws perform original arrangements of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald alongside contemporary big band pieces.

Twenty years since they first came to London, the nineteen-piece orchestra are back with new artistic director Charlie Young and a host of accomplished jazz musicians including vocalist Delores King Williams.

Like the orchestra itself, Hubert Laws is a rare visitor to London. He made his name with a string of great albums for the legendary CTI label and played with Gil Scott-Heron at the time of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. He’s come to be regarded as one of the great jazz flutists and was recently celebrated by an NEA Jazz Masters Award.

7:30 pm Performance at Milton Court, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS – https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/the-smithsonian-jazz-masterworks-orchestra-with-hubert-laws

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THE NEXT BIG SING WITH THE SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA

April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stratford Circus Arts Center Theatre SquareLondon, + Google Map
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Stratford Circus Arts Center, Theatre Square, Stratford, London

Sunday 7 April 2019  Doors 6.15pm |

Start 6.30pm

TICKETS Pay what you can at  stratford-circus.com | 020 8279 1080

This event is part of Youth Music’s Give a Gig and all proceeds will be donated to Youth Music. A national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically.

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LATIN JAZZ FESTIVAL with Diego Figueiredo, Emilio Solla, Chuchito Valdés

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - April 27 @ 7:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, April 26, 2019  7:30 p.m. &

Saturday, April 27, 2019  7:30 p.m.

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. GRAMMY   Award-nominated, Argentina-born, and New York-based pianist and composer Emilio Solla, brings his style of tango to this triple bill.

Included on the stage for the Latin Jazz Festival is Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Chuchito Valdés. He represents a third-generation Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés.

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May 2019

Booker T. Jones

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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7:30 p.m. &  9:30 p.m.

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. He pushed the genre’s boundaries with his hits on Stax, refined it to its essence, and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.

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