Please join us for an incredible afternoon of live jazz and latin music, including a remarkable concert by one of the oldest and best-known salsa bands in the world, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.
The free Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) -- now in its 4th year -- has become one of our region's finest and most anticipated events as nationally and internationally recognized jazz musicians travel to Pittsburgh for a one-of-a-kind experience with performances on 3 outdoor stages along with local jazz musicians in celebration of Pittsburgh's rich jazz tradition. The free festival consists of three days (June 20-22) of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances which attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.
Check out these great articles about the festival http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/jazzlive-international-festival-welcomes-puerto-rican-salsa-ambassadors/Content?oid=1759241
And with El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico performing on Sunday afternoon June 22, there may be dancing in the streets like Pittsburgh has never seen!
El Gran Combo is based in San Juan, and after more than 52 years are considered Puerto Rico’s most successful musical group as well as “the most popular Salsa group that has ever existed” selling over 150 million records worldwide. The group received the moniker La Universidad de La Salsa (The University of Salsa) in Colombia, due to the sheer number of famous salsa musicians and singers who developed their careers with them, who started with the group (particularly Andy Montañez), or who were occasionally backed up by the band (including Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe and La India).
Before El Gran Combo hits the stage from 3-4:15 PM on Sunday June 22, audiences will be treated to another free performance by the Emmet Cohen Trio with Benny Benack III from 2-3 PM.
At 23, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran with astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate. He has shared the bandstand with many jazz luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Larry Coryell, Maceo Parker, Joey DeFrancesco, Billy Hart, Roberta Gambarini, and many others -- in addition to performing at some top jazz clubs and festivals around the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival, and River to River Festival.
In addition, two great performances will follow the El Gran Combo show to provide an unforgettable afternoon of live jazz.
The remarkable Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra (PJO) - led by the one-and-only trumpet master Sean Jones - will perform along with Allan Harris from 4:15-5:30 PM. The PJO celebrates Pittsburgh’s rich jazz history by uniting jazz musicians of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to perform the broad scope jazz styles in an orchestral format to showcase the jazz genre and create new works that further advance the jazz genre.
This performance -- the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Allan Harris -- is not to be missed.
And then from 5:30-6:30 PM, audiences will be treated to a special performance by Nancy Harms who has distinguished herself as one of the most uniquely gifted new young jazz vocalists in the U.S. while also touring Italy, Norway, and France.
In addition to her own CDs “Dreams In Apartments” and “In The Indigo“, Nancy Harms appears on Wycliffe Gordon’s recent disc “Hello Pops” and on Jeremy Siskind’s 2012 release “Finger-Songwriter“. She was a regularly featured contributor to the 65-part public radio series “Certain Standards“
When you RSVP, it is certainly fine if you only have to time to hear a few of these bands, such as Emmet Cohen Trio from 2-3 PM, El Gran Combo from 3-4:15 PM or Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra/Allan Harris from 4:15-5:30 PM, or Nancy Harms from 5:30-6:30 PM.
Of course, after the Nancy Harms show ends at 6:30 PM, the closing evening program gets underway led by Grammy-winner Dianne Reeves.
Whatever time you decide to spend at the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival downtown will be fantastic with this great live jazz and incredible atmosphere bringing so many people together.
We'll also have the option of getting some street food quickly or dining in nearby restaurants (depending on the interests of the group) as well as checking out nearby art galleries.
And if anyone is arriving even earlier downtown, we could grab a coffee or do a little tour of the Cultural District checking out some interesting art galleries and public art exhibits.
For more information about El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/artist/el-gran-combo-de-puerto-rico/ or their official website http://www.elgrancombodepuertorico.net/
For more information about Emmet Cohen and Benny Banack III, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/artist/emmet-cohen-benny-benack-iii/ or Emmet Cohen's official websitehttp://www.emmetcohen.com/
For more information about Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and Allan Harris, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/artist/pittsburgh-jazz-orchestra-allan-harris/
For Sean Jones official website http://www.seanjonesmusic.com/
For more information about Nancy Harms, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/artist/nancy-harms/ or her official website http://www.nancyharms.com/
For the completed concert line-up and schedule of activities of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival during June 20-22, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com
For the schedule of concerts and activities on Sunday June 22 (in case those might be interested in all of the Sunday afternoon and evening performances), please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/events/june-22/
The free festival -- now in its 4th year -- has become one of our region's finest and most anticipated events as nationally and internationally recognized jazz musicians travel to Pittsburgh for a one-of-a-kind experience with performances on 3 outdoor stages along with local jazz musicians in celebration of Pittsburgh's rich jazz tradition. The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances which attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country.
This year, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) welcomes the jazz icon, Dianne Reeves, funk legends Fred Wesley and Dwayne Dolphin, virtuosos like Raul Midon, soulful stars like Gregory Porter and jazz masters like Joe Locke, Sean Jones, and Roger Humphries. We pay tribute to the great Art Blakey with the Messenger Legacy led by Ralph Peterson and his famous friends. New this year is the Jam on Ninth featuring recent Grammy-winners, Snarky Puppy. Rising stars like Emmet Cohen, Benny Benack III, Brandee Younger, Nancy Harms and Chelsea Baratz show us the future of this great music. Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra will swing with the great vocalist, Allan Harris. And the streets will be filled with Latin rhythms and salsa dancers thanks to the rare performance of the salsa legends, “la Universidad de la Salsa” selling over 150 million records worldwide, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. More activities with a Latino flavor are courtesy of Imagine Pittsburgh, Hola Pittsburgh, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Grey Area Production teams up with PJLIF this year to present Big Sam’s Funky Nation for a late night Saturday jam at the Rex Theater. Tickets are available and the show is a fairly short ride from the Cultural District.
Guests will also be able purchase vinyl records at a special pop up store, TRUST VINYL! located at 820 Liberty Avenue http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/events/trust-vinyl-pop-record-store/
Parking Here is the ParkPGH website with real-time info on downtown parking garage availability http://parkpgh.org where you can also download apps, get garage availabilty via text messaging, etc. You can also call[masked]-8980.
For an event map showing the exact locations of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival during June 20-22, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/PJLIF2013_EventMap.pdf
Check out these newspaper articles discussing the fantastic line-up for the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/04/03/Dianne-Reeves-to-headline-JazzLive-festival/stories/201404030130#ixzz33Un8HK80 http://triblive.com/aande/music/5797055-74/jazz-says-festival#axzz33UJlsbWO