pittsburgh jazzlive international festival june 20-22nd 2014 (updated on 6-21)

Update on 6-21-2014:

Noël Quintana & the Latin Crew will be performing in Katz Plaza, located at the corner of 7th Street and Penn Avenue, on June 22, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event is presented by ¡Hola Pittsburgh! and sponsored in part by ImaginePittsburgh.com an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

About Noël Quintana & the Latin Crew
Noël Quintana & the Latin Crew is one of Cleveland and Pittsburgh’s leading salsa and Latin Jazz bands. The band was founded in 1999 by Quintana, a Cleveland-based Puerto Rican percussionist, band leader, researcher, educator and artistic director. He was born in New York City and grew up surrounded by Afro-Caribbean music. Quintana took private lessons early in his life from renowned percussionist and recording artist, Luis Romero. Quintana has performed with such Latin music giants Tito Puente, Johnny Almendra y Los Jóvenes del Barrio, Luís Romero y Mazacote, among others. He has taught for Northewast Ohio Jazz Society’s Banda Hispana Cultural and the Juilia de Burgos Community Center for 16 years, as well as teaches private lessons in Latin percussion and programs for schools and cultural centers.
For more information, music sample, visit http://www.thelatincrew.com.

Shameless plug: If you need to come into town – or get around town for the festival – and haven’t used Uber before, my credit code so you can get $30(!) towards your first ride is 1NQC0. That amount – with very little traffic in the way – has gotten us from downtown Pittsburgh to as far out as East Liberty with a lot left over.

Update on 6-18-2014:

This festival, aimed at connecting the community to jazz, will bring prominent jazz musicians and visual artists to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to present Grammy-winning performers, jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances, and visual art. More than 20,000 visitors will visit the Cultural District to partake in this year’s event.

To ensure that residents and visiting festival attendees can experience a safe and enjoyable environment over the course of the three days, please be aware of the following traffic and parking provisions. Most major streets leading into and out of downtown’s Cultural District remain open to traffic before, during, and following the event.

For the safety of our guests and participants in the JazzLive Festival, the following street closures will occur around the Cultural District:

  • WEEKEND CLOSURES, the following temporary closures take place from 6pm Friday, June 20, to midnight Sunday, June 22, unless otherwise noted:
    • 9th Street from Penn Avenue to Liberty Avenue will be closed beginning at 10am.
    • Penn Avenue is closed from Courtyard Pittsburgh Downtown to 7th Street.
    • 8th Street is closed from Liberty Avenue to parking lot entrances between Ft. Duquesne Boulevard and Penn Avenue.
    • Exchange Way is closed from Garrison Place to Tito Way.
    • Garrison Place is closed from Exchange Way to French Street.
    • French Street is closed from Garrison Place to 9th Street.
    • No parking at the 9th Street & Penn Avenue lot June 20–22.
    • No parking at the 8th Street & Penn Avenue lots June 19–23.
    • Liberty Avenue will not be closed.
    • Access to all parking garages will be open and will not be impeded by the road closures.


I love jazz.

I love Pittsburgh’s history with jazz.

I get such a kick out of exploring this part of Pittsburgh’s history through listening to music, seeing a show or having a great conversation with someone.

When Jess and I found out the free Pittsburgh International Jazz festival was right outside our front door when we lived on Penn Avenue I was elated.

I fully intend on exploring as much of this year’s festival again.

It lasts from the 20-22nd of June with most of the festival being around the intersection of Penn and 9th in Pittsburgh’s cultural district except for one event being in the South Side of town.

The City of Pittsburgh, UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, MACY’S and the Richard King Mellon Foundation will return as sponsors. This year, new organizations have joined the list of prominent sponsors, including The Waterfront, Northcoast Brewing and TgiFridays. Imaginpittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Fifth Third Bank will sponsor the headlining performance of El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 22.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of such a prestigious group of sponsors to the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival,” shared Janis Burley Wilson, Director of Jazz Programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Organizations such as these raise the standard for supporting the cultural economy of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful for the support in promoting such a unique festival that reaches beyond the region into international markets, bringing audiences and attention back to the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.”


Nate da Phat Barber (DJ) with Line Dance Party | Friday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Line Dance Party will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Ninth Street Stage


Snarky Puppy | Friday, June 20 at 9:15 p.m.

Location: Ninth Street Stage


Brandee Younger Sextet – Afroharp | Friday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


The Messenger Legacy | Saturday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage I


Gregory Porter | Saturday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


Joe Locke Group featuring Kenny Washington | Saturday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


Jazz Meets Funk featuring Fred Wesley | Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage I


Big Sam’s Funky Nation | Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m.

Location: Rex Theater on the South Side, Pittsburgh

Presented in collaboration with Grey Area Productions

*Tickets: $15.00 in advance and $17.00 the day-of-show


Emmet Cohen Trio featuring Benny Benack, III | Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico | Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage I

Sponsored by imaginepittsburgh.com, an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Fifth Third Bank.


Nancy Harms | Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Ninth Street Stage


Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Allan Harris | Sunday, June 22 at 4:15 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


Raul Midón | Sunday, June 22 at 6:45 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage II


Dianne Reeves | Sunday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Penn Avenue Stage I



JazzCorner.com is a partner of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. JazzCorner.com is the largest portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. New features on JazzCorner include the jazz video share where you can upload and share jazz and blues videos, JazzCorner Jukebox, surf the net with Jazz always playing, submit your latest jazz news, and check out what is hot at JazzCorner’s Speakeasy, the busiest bulletin board for jazz.

JazzCorner.com is proud to present JazzCorner.com Jazz Perspectives and JazzCorner.com InnerViews podcasts. The player currently features an interview with PJLIF 2014 Headliner, Dianne Reeves. To hear past podcasts, just hit next on the player, or you may scroll the list. You may also download music to your computer as a CD quality MP3, or you may subscribe through the RSS buttons. Please visit http://www.jazzcorner.com/innerviews/ to listen and send your comments to lois@jazzcorner.com.


Having trouble making it into the Cultural District for the concert of your choice? Live streaming of the following performances will be made available. Please check www.TrustArts.org/JazzFest for updates on how to tune in.

SNARKY PUPPY | June 20 at 9:15 p.m.

JAZZ MEETS FUNK featuring Fred Wesley | June 21 at 8 p.m.

EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO | June 22 at 3 p.m.

DIANNE REEVES | June 22 at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzFest.



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