News and Updates

“MCG Jazz Helps Genre Thrive in Pittsburgh”

NEWS, FROM DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, MARTY ASHBY By Geoffrey Himes July 30, 2018 In 1983, when Marty Ashby was a struggling young jazz guitarist in New York City, fresh out of Ithaca College, he went looking for a day job. Answering a classified ad from the New York Philharmonic, he found himself in an elevator with a man carrying a stack of sheet music. “I asked him,” Ashby recalled, “what his gig was, and he said, ‘I put the scores on the music stands.’ I said, ‘That’s a…
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Jazz Research Institut Graz

Guest lecturer for the IU Jazz Institut in Graz on July 3, 2018, Austria Jazzinstitut Moserhofgasse 39 www.kug.ac.at/en/home.html
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WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told Wins TELLY Gold!

WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told documentary film produced by MCG Jazz, with presenting station WQED Multimedia, just announce we it Gold at the Telly Awards in the Craft-Use of Music category!
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WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told UPDATE

WE KNEW WHAT WE HAD: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told documentary film produced by MCG Jazz, with presenting station WQED Multimedia, is continuing to air across the Nation on PBS stations through American Public Television. Since February 1, 2018, the film has aired on 366 channels for almost 1,000 telecasts. An encore presentation will be airing Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 p.m. on WQED or your local affiliate station. Continue to visit for telecasts in your area.
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MCG JAZZ 32nd ANNUAL JAZZ CONCERT SEASON

MCG Jazz is pleased to announce our 32nd Annual Jazz Concert Series.  The new season has been designed all for you.  We have learned, through conversations, surveys and emails from you, the many artists whom you would like to see here on the MCG Jazz stage.  The result is Season 32 For You. MCG Jazz will host almost 100 musicians for the 2018-2019 series for you to enjoy! There are 21 headliners performing 13 concerts. More than half of these artists have never performed at…
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We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told Gets Told

On February 13, 2018, the We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told film premier event was held at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  Following the screening of the documentary, Pittsburgh Jazz Legends and contributors to the film in attendance got together for this historic photograph. The film is airing on over 300 stations across the country with almost 1,000 viewings.  In Pittsburgh We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told airs on WQED 13 February 15,…
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Marty Ashby and Gloria Reuben appear on Phoenix morning TV

Good Morning Arizona on 3TV and FOX 10 AM AZ invited Marty Ashby to talk about his 8th Annual Holiday Jazz Celebration at Musical Instrument Museum on Friday, December 1. Marty brought along his special guest for the show, Gloria Reuben, to sing O Christmas Tree and Christmas Time Is Here.
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8th Annual Holiday Concert at MIM

Join guitarist and five-time Grammy Award–winning producer Marty Ashby for his annual holiday concert celebration. Ashby’s all-star quartet includes Tamir Hendelman on piano, Paul Thompson on bass, and Dom Moio on drums. This year’s special guest is actress and singer Gloria Reuben who will feature songs from her upcoming holiday album. Reuben is well known for her roles in major films such as Lincoln, Reasonable Doubt, and Admission, as well as her appearances in various TV series, including Mr. Robot, ER, and the upcoming new…
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American Public Television Fall Marketplace Performance

Marty performed November 8th with Roger Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin in Salt Lake City at the APT Fall Marketplace Conference.  The upcoming MCG Jazz Documentary "We Knew What We Had - The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told" that highlights Pittsburgh's amazing contribution to the legacy of Jazz music was featured at the conference event.  Watch for more details about the February 2108 release of the the film.
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MCG Jazz 31th Season On Sale now!

MCG Jazz is thrilled to announce our 31st annual Jazz Concert Series. Almost half of the programs feature musicians who have never performed at MCG, and with our new Fan Pix campaign, we will surprise you with some new artists throughout the season! There are 3 celebration concerts, two commemorating the Centennial Birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, plus a rare appearance of the Django Festival All-Stars direct from France celebrating the music of gypsy guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. We will also host 3…
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