Jazz: Newly Commissioned Performance for Children & Families, Trust Arts Education Center



Featuring Anqwenique Wingfield and James Johnson III with support from PNC Grow Up Great



Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce a special newly commissioned performance will be held during the 6th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.  The special performance is aimed at engaging children ages 3 to 5, and their families, will take place on Saturday, June 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The performance is free and no registration is required.

This is the first year that such a collaboration between the Trust’s annual Festival and the Trust’s Education Department has taken place.  The special performance is made possible by the generous support of PNC Grow Up Great.

Numerous studies have shown that true arts integration provides a promising approach to improving early learning,” shared Tracy Stotts Edmunds, Vice President of Arts Education for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  “This inaugural presentation—providing jazz for kids at the annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival—is aimed at affirming the fact that children learn best by doing.”

At the newly commissioned performance, children will learn the various styles and elements that make this American art form so unique.  Anqwenique Wingfield and James Johnson III created this ground-breaking performance which will premiere during the 2016 Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

Anqwenique Wingfield is a highly sought after vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. A Pittsburgh native, Anqwenique was heavily influenced by music in her younger years through her father, Pittsburgh jazz guitarist, Ronald Wingfield. She began her music studies at the Afro-American Music Institute at the age of 11.  In 2009, she graduated from IUP with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance.  Her soaring lyric soprano has been heard with the Summer Opera Theater Company of Washington DC, Undercroft Opera, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Savoyards and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Most recently she performed with the artist collective Collabtrix in a show called For the Girl Who Sleeps in Snow for Relative Positions at the Union Project and later at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  In 2011, she was chosen as a resident artist of JAZZSPACE, an organization that aims to support emerging jazz artists in Pittsburgh. She has performed jazz in venues such as the New Hazlett Theater, August Wilson Center, Shadow Lounge, Little E’s jazz club and Backstage Bar.  As a teaching artist, Anqwenique has shared her talents and experience with many young singers and musicians in Pittsburgh. She conducted an after school choral program at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 and helped coach students for CAPA auditions, a program offered through the MGR Foundation. She currently teaches voice and Piano Hope Academy of East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

James Johnson III began playing the drums at the age of five in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  James Johnson III’s early music experiences were centered around family life and shaped by the music of the church.  His father, Dr. James Johnson Jr., a nationally known pianist and educator, sparked his passion for music.  Johnson attended CAPA—Pittsburgh’s high school for the creative and performing arts—where he became a mentee of legendary drummer, Roger Humphries.  In 1999, he was invited to tour with jazz legend Ahmad Jamal.  With Mr. Jamal, Johnson performed all over the world, appearing in major jazz venues and festivals, such as the Cully jazz festival in Switzerland, the North Sea jazz festival in South Africa and the Dublin jazz festival, among others.  Mr. Johnson has performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and he has played with jazz greats such as George Coleman, James Moody, Kenny Garrett, Benny Golson, Mulgrew Miller, Russell Ferrante, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Werner.  In 2014, Johnson released his first solo album, Between.   He is presently working as head of the drum department at the Afro American Music Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and serves as artist in residence at the University of Pittsburgh’s music department working with various jazz ensembles under the direction of Geri Allen.  Johnson also spends a great deal of time producing music for local and national artists.

For more updates regarding this special performance, please visit http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/education/.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival Performances will take place in a variety of settings: outdoor stages, ticketed special engagements and indoor “gigs” at over 20 small venues throughout the Cultural District.  The festival is a free event that includes two ticketed performances and is open to the public. The ticketed special engagement performances will take place indoors. All three outdoor stages, the Artist Market and opening night Jazz Crawl are free and open to the public.

The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country each year.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 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. For more information, visit TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.

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