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April 2019

THE NEXT BIG SING WITH THE SMITHSONIAN JAZZ MASTERWORKS ORCHESTRA

April 7, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - April 27, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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June 2019

The MCG Jazz Quintet

June 15, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Rivers Casino 777 Casino Dr,Pittsburgh, + Google Map
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Jazz night at Rivers Casino Drum Bar, featuring:

Marty Ashby – Guitar, Mike Tomaro – Saxophone, Max Leake – Piano, Paul Thompson – Bass, James Johnson III – Drums

 

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Jazz at Fallingwater featuring Frank Vignola

June 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fallingwater ,
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MCG Jazz and Fallingwater present an intimate evening of live jazz, wine, & hors d’oeuvres in the living room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece.

The live performance will be recorded for future vinyl release.

Tickets at mcgjazz.org or fallingwater.org

 

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July 2019

An Evening with Benedetto Guitars

July 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
South Park Amphitheater 3700 Farmshow DriveSouth Park Township, PA+ Google Map
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MCG Jazz NIghts at the Allegheny County Parks Concert Series.

An Evening with Benedetto Guitars at South Park

 

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August 2019

The Manhattan Transfer

August 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hartwood Acres 4000 Middle Rd,Allison Park, PA+ Google Map
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MCG Jazz NIghts at the Allegheny County Parks Concert Series

An Evening with The Manhattan Transfer at Hartwood Acres

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September 2019

Jazz at Fallingwater A Concert in the Meadow

September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fallingwater ,
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October 2019

Ben Vereen

October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - October 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, October 4, 2019,  7:30 p.m.  +  Saturday, October 5,  2019,  7:30 p.m. 

Few entertainers today are as accomplished as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of our country’s artistic legacy. The song-and-dance star takes audiences through his life and career, from his

Brooklyn beginnings and his Tony-winning turn as Pippin’s Leading Player, through his screen performances in All That Jazz, Sweet Charity, and Funny Lady, to his Broadway return as The Wizard in Wicked.

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Legacy: THE JAZZ PARTY 2019

October 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Thursday, October 10, 2019,  6:30 p.m.

Celebrating the 2019 class of MCG Jazz Pittsburgh Jazz Legends and Art Blakey’s centennial with a special performance by Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy Band.

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Mindfulness. A special weekend.

October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Indiana University, IN ,

October 11, 12 & 13, 2019 10.00 a.m – 2.00 p.m.

Indiana University, IN

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Joey Alexander

October 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Saturday, October 19, 2019,  6:00 p.m. +  8:30 p.m.

Joey Alexander has had one of the most ascendant careers in jazz with four albums under his belt and a performance resume that includes a surprise solo performance on the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards telecast, a spontaneous and elastic performance with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding at the White House for International Jazz Day, performing with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at New York City’s Town Hall, and being the youngest artist ever invited to lead a band at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2015.

Alexander performed twice at the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards, including a solo performance of his composition “City Lights” on the main telecast. In addition, he has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, NPR Tiny Desk, and in television, radio, and print media all over the world. He has collaborated with some remarkable musicians, and cut a single, “My Favorite Things,” with country singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini.

Born in Bali in 2003, Alexander moved to New York City in 2014. Alexander formed a trio and since then has performed at well-known venues and major festivals across the United States and around the globe, including tour dates in Tel Aviv, Marciac, Montréal, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Tokyo, Prague, Hong Kong, Paris, and his native Indonesia.

Alexander has recorded four albums to date all produced by GRAMMY® winning producer Jason Olaine. The New York Times called Alexander a “thoughtful musician, as well as a natural one, with a sophisticated harmonic palette and a dynamic sensitivity.”

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November 2019

World Music & Food Festival

November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Harold López-Nussa Trio, Guilhem Desq, Feedel Band, Betsayda Machado, and Jorge Glem

Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. +  Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

This once-in-a-lifetime, three-hour event will feature four acts from around the world. After the show, stay and enjoy cuisine from Cuba, France, Ethiopia, and Venezuela in our dining hall.

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Jonathan Butler

November 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Saturday, November 16, 2019,   6:00 p.m. + 8:30 p.m. 

Butler began his singing career at age seven, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist GRAMMY® in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio in 1975. As he became a teenager he earned three gold records, Please Stay went

double gold and I Love How You Love Me went gold. His music has a purpose; providing comfort and genuine inspiration. When he sings, he testifies to the glory and healing power of love. When he plays guitar, his fast fingers innately find notes of passion and divinity. Butler’s recording career has carried him far, far beyond his wildest dreams.

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John Pizzarelli Trio & Catherine Russell

November 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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 A Salute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

Friday, November 22, 2019,  7:00 p.m. + 9:30 p.m.

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” The Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”

Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities–a genuine jazz and blues singer–who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full-blown feminity incarnate; a dusky stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable. She launches fearlessly into each tune getting inside the melody and capturing every emotion.

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December 2019

Rivers Casino Jazz Holiday

December 6, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Rivers Casino 777 Casino Dr,Pittsburgh, + Google Map
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MCG Jazz Holiday with Steve Rudolph and Marty Ashby

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A Peter White Christmas

December 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Saturday, December 7,2019,  6:00 p.m. + 8:30 p.m.

Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop, and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience. White’s annual Christmas concerts eventually led to the album “A Peter White Christmas” in 2007. The holiday celebration has continued with it now making its way to Pittsburgh with talented friends.

Saxophonist Euge Groove will join White for the holiday festivities. A favorite on radio and the international touring circuit, Groove has garnered a devout following with his irresistible mix of danceable grooves, mind-bending hooks, rhythm-and-blues-infused melodies and inspired solos. Having collaborated with everyone from Tina Turner, Elton John, and Bonnie Raitt to Tower of Power and Aaron Neville, Groove is never short on inspiration.

Also joining the group is saxophonist Vincent Ingala. The music prodigy is no stranger to contemporary jazz audiences. His heartfelt, sweet and soulful mix has catapulted him to the top of the Billboard contemporary jazz charts, garnering him four Billboard No. 1 hits, and nine Top 10 hits.

The group will get its vocal chops from the earthy and charismaticLindsey Webster. Webster is a surprising and welcomed anomaly in the contemporary jazz world. The sultry and soulful young singer/composer has scored two Billboard No.1 hits on the contemporary jazz chart making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a No.1 hit since the iconic Sade. Blessed with a honey-toned voice and enviable range, Webster’s uniquely identifiable sound is fueled by potent messages of love that are timely for today’s climate. Webster is holding her own in a largely male-dominated genre comprised of artists who are much older than her, and she is quickly becoming a favorite on the charts and international touring circuit.

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Latin Christmas

December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, December 13, 2019,  7:00 p.m. + 9:30 p.m.

This all-female collective is led by veteran jazz icon, soprano saxophone player, flautist, composer, and proud Canadian Jane Bunnett. With five Juno awards, three GRAMMY® nominations and an Officer of the Order of Canada, Bunnett decided to dedicate herself to taking Maqueque to the world.

With hard work, virtuosity, and chemistry, the dream is alive and thriving. Their third release, “On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme,” is a bold testament to the strength and originality of Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

Prior to recording “On Firm Ground,” the group toured constantly from Canada’s Yukon to Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, and Panama, to major U.S. jazz festivals and clubs including Newport, Monterey, Saratoga, Birdland, and Lincoln Center.

In addition to performing music from “On Firm Ground,” Jane Bunnett & Maqueque will play Latin Jazz arrangements of classic holiday songs. The group’s members include singer Dayme Arocena, pianist Danae Olano, bassist Talin Marrero, percussionist, Mary Paz and drummer Yissy Garcia. The newest member is soulful vocalist, Joanna Majoko.

“This band sounds like no other today in jazz.”— Downbeat magazine, which voted in Jane Bunnett and Maqueque as one of the top 10 jazz groups in the 67th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll.

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February 2020

Drum Bar Rivers Casino

February 7 @ 9:00 pm
Rivers Casino 777 Casino Dr,Pittsburgh, + Google Map
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February 7, 2020, 9:00 p.m. – midnight

Reggie Watkins ensemble

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Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild 1815 Metropolitian StreetPittsburgh, PA+ Google Map
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Friday, February 21,  7:00 p.m.  + 9:30 p.m.

The world first learned of the vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans to a multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner with a prescient and fearless voice.

McLorin Salvant is a singer whose unique style demonstrates a keen sense of the history of American music. She fearlessly performs songs from jazz’ roots in minstrel shows and ragtime and digs deep into blues queens like Bessie Smith and Ida Cox. Beyond the borders, she also is an expert interpreter of Francophone chansons and cabaret numbers retracing her own personal path as a musician from

America to France and back again. If that weren’t enough, McLorin Salvant is also a gifted composer whose moving additions to the repertoire reflects her unique perspective on love, life, and womanhood.

Her newest release, “The Window,” an album of duets with pianist Sullivan Fortner that won the 2019 GRAMMY® Award for best jazz vocal album, explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo. With just Fortner’s deft accompaniment, the two are free to improvise and rhapsodize and play freely with time, harmony, melody, and phrasing.

For the past decade, Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and uncompromising individualist. The GRAMMY® Award-winning artist received international praise for his work as player and producer on “The Window” and has also received critical acclaim for his work as a solo leader on his own projects. The highly-sought improviser has performed across the country and throughout the world at such cultural institutions as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Standard, and Smalls Jazz Club as well as celebrated festivals, including Newport, Monterey, and Gillmore Keyboard.

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