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Saturday, Aug. 20, marks the 14th year for the Monroeville Jazz Festival  at Monroeville Community Park West, Tall Trees Ampitheater. Chelsea Baratz kicks off the evening at 6 p.m. and Adam James will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. with guest artist Grammy Award-winning, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.

Backup will be provided by Joe Blaxx on drums, Warren Fields on keyboard and Tony DePaolis on bass.

Chelsea Baratz

Chelsea Baratz

Saxophonist Chelsea Baratz’s soulful sound, forged in Pittsburgh, is a fiery combination of be-bop swing and hip hop hooks.

Her debut release “In Faith” illuminates the distinctive tenor of an emerging player & original composer. She’s a band leader whose music follows in the footsteps of 1960’s soul jazz & the hard bop roots of the “steel town”.

Innovative & ear-bending with a sizzling originality to her horn, her heartfelt music is simple in its power to bridge quiet moments with bursts of fiery improvisation.

As a band leader, she displays confidence, intuitively gathering the right musicians to cultivate her distinctive sound, garnering a “recommended pick” for “in Faith” by Jazzchicago.net & two “Artist 2 Watch” features with Skope Magazine.

Baratz maintains a busy schedule, performing & recording with artists including Talib Kweli, Maurice”Mobetta” Brown, Brandee Younger & Revive Big Band.

Adam James

Adam James

Whether on stage, in film, or on television, showman Adam James lives to entertain. An accomplished performer & songwriter, Adam has contributed to projects in Hollywood & on Broadway for a number of esteemed recording artists, film & theatrical productions. His skills as one of the top international male vocalists have won him various awards including Best Vocalist With a Group by The Jazz Report in 1997 & a nomination for a Genie Award for singing & co-writing the theme song for the popular film, Mambo Italiano.

Both The Toronto Star & The New York Sun rave that James

“gives Connick and Buble a run for their money.” In addition to duets with Liza Minnelli & opening for Ray Charles & Tony Bennett, James was selected by Tina Sinatra, to portray the role of her father in the first-ever stage musical about his life, Sinatra Remembered. Adam has won international fame as a guest artist performing his own written work &d jazz standards with The Atlanta Pops, Detroit Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Macon Symphony, Victoria Symphony & numerous jazz ensembles.

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for seating under the tall trees. Dine & enjoy the concert with food & beverages from festival vendors or bring your own.

Handicapped Parking is limited so come early.

This year MJF is proud to partner with The Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania and you are welcome to visit their booth to lend your support.

(For information or directions: http://www.monroevillejazz.org.)


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