Some of Jazz’s brightest and burgeoning stars will take the Cabaret Theater stage in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District this month as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month.
“This April we celebrate some of the world’s most important jazz musicians as they take the stage at Cabaret at Theater Square,” said Janis Burley Wilson, vice president of Education and Community Engagement and director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “We are thrilled to honor Jazz legends, to welcome the musicians that are shaping jazz for the future, Grammy-Award winners and new emerging talent during this month-long celebration as we look forward to June and Pittsburgh Jazz International.”
Three-time Grammy-winner, jazz bassist, composer and arranger the Christian McBride Trio will be gracing the Cabaret Theater stage on April 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.75. McBride has been a predominant figure in the world of jazz for more than two decades. As a sideman, the talented performer has worked with Freddie Hubbard, J. J. Johnson, Isaac Hayes, Ray Brown, Chick Carea, Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole to name a few.
Modern jazz mixologist Robert Glasper will surely hold a captive audience on April 29 when he takes the Cabaret stage at 8:30 p.m. The jazz pianist seamlessly blends jazz with hip-hop and R& B. He won the 2013 Grammy Award for best R& B album. Tickets to the show are $35.75.
Earlier in the month, audiences were treated to performances by Gregory Porter on April 1 and the Sean Jones Quartet CD release party on April 8.
“When you travel to other cities, people know about Pittsburgh’s great reputation for jazz music. Pittsburgh is one of the best places and we are definitely on the rise and there’s no slowing down,” Wilson said. “With this year’s shows, people can expect to hear great music, hopefully meet some new people and have a good time. The musicians love playing at the Cabaret because the Pittsburgh audience is very warm and welcoming.”
The celebration will continue with several free concerts sure to satisfy the most discerning Jazz palate.
BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive, at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, showcases some of Pittsburgh’s jazz stars throughout the month.
Jazzlucartive is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and BNY Mellon. Jazz Presents: JazzLive 365 is a year-round free series featuring some of the region’s finest jazz musicians every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
Tim Stevens will play April 15 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tony DePaolis will play on April 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again from 9:30 to 11 p.m.; and Roger Humphries will play on April 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The free series was kicked off by Mark Strickland followed by Michelle Benson.
(For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org.)
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