Jazz trumpeter and composer Sean Jones promises to take audiences on journey to another place throughout their Valentine’s Day weekend when they attend the Love 3 Ways concert at the Cabaret at Theater Square Feb. 12.
“Love is a familiar theme and people respond well to themes,” said Jones, who along with Janis Burley Wilson, director of Jazz programs at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, created the concert five years ago.
“There wasn’t much out there for people who like to hear good music,” Burley Wilson said. “I thought about what I wanted to do with my special someone or my friends. You don’t have to be coupled up to enjoy it.”
This year’s roster of musicians brings three unique styles of music together for two unforgettable shows.
Those musicians were Jones and the Sean Jones Quintet, local singer Carolyn Perteete and Gregory Porter.
“The musicians are widely known people and they are going to get Valentine’s Day started off on the right foot,” Jones said.
Jones was featured on Nancy Wilson’s, “Turned Blue” album and has released four albums of his own on the Mack Avenue record label. The Warren, Ohio native’s last record, “No Need for Words,” was released in 2011.
It’s Burley Wilson’s dream to have Gregory Porter in Pittsburgh on Valentine’s Day.
“Gregory is one of the most important vocalists in the last 10 years and he’s great to work with,” said Wilson who has brought Porter to perform in Pittsburgh twice before. “We’ll be talking about him 50 years from now.”
Called a fantastic young singer by Wynton Marsalis, Porter has a voice that can embrace, confront and console. His 2010 debut work “Water” put him on the radar of some of the Jazz world’s most accomplished people. Porter, who was born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield and currently resides in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, has a CD entitled “Be Good.” He is also a resident performer at Smoke Jazz. The Grammy-nominated singer has won Best Jazz Vocal Album in France and Germany.
School teacher-turned Jazz singer Carolyn Perteete combines Jazz, R& B and Soul in her music. She has performed with Jones, Dwayne Dolphin, Roger Humphries, and Jimmy Ponder. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Duquesne School of Music and will be a featured artist at this year’s Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival.
“Carolyn is really a local gem,” Jones said. “She’s been featured on two of my songs and people go crazy over them and wonder who that woman is. I say she’s an elementary school teacher in PA.”