THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
THE MONTH OF APRIL SHOWCASES
A VARIETY OF JAZZ HAPPENINGS IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT
FOR ALL AGES!
PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce a showcase of Jazz happenings during the month of April for all ages! These Jazz-focused events celebrate the arts and bring together a diverse group of artists, welcome everyone in the community, and offer fun and educational activities and interactive workshops that mingle art + jazz.
The BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive series features free live music performed by some of the region’s finest jazz musicians at the Backstage Bar, and in the summer outdoors at Katz Plaza. The series celebrates jazz year round, week to week, and it has featured over 100 artists year to year.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s JazzLive series also showcases jazz artists through special ticketed performances, such as Ron Carter Quartet in April, (Kenny Garrett Quintet in June and Shamie Royston Quintet in July), and more throughout the year to conveniently expand the variety of dates for jazz aficionados to enjoy hearing this music in the Cultural District. For more information, visit .
To listen to a BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive event at the Backstage Bar,
BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive April Schedule
Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue
Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
April 2: Kenia
April 9: Dwayne Dolphin
April 16: Reggie Watkins Quartet
April 23: George Jones New View Trio
April 30: George Heid III
Ron Carter Quartet
April 23, 8:00 p.m.
Greer Cabaret Theater
Tickets: $25, $35
On April 23, at 8:00 p.m., at the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue, the BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive will showcase the Ron Carter Quartet. Carter created music with consummate skill for more than forty-five years. In the early 1960s, he performed throughout the United States in nightclubs and concert halls with Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, and Wes Montgomery, then toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. He was a member of Miles Davis’s now classic quintet from 1963 to 1968, along with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter. The Philadelphia Inquirer shared, “(Carter) is arguably the greatest bass player jazz has ever known,” and “…an acknowledged master…,” noted The Wall Street Journal. The Quartet will feature Ron Carter – bass; Renee Rosnes – piano; Jimmy Greene – tenor sax; Payton Crossley - drums. Tickets ($25, $35) are available to Ron Carter Quartet by visiting or call 412-456-6666.
The recipient of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 2019 JazzLive Legacy Award will be announced in late April. The award was established in 2018 to acknowledge a regional jazz artist for their incredible contribution to this music genre in Pittsburgh and beyond. In 2018, the inaugural award honoree was local jazz musician Mr. Roger Humphries. Mr. Humphries has regularly shared his musical talents with jazz audiences during past seasons of the Cultural Trust’s JazzLive series, and he will again be performing in the free jazz series programming scheduled for this May.
Jazz Performance Series
Trust Arts Education Center
April 1, 5, 8, 26, 29
Registration, fee per class date. (For teachers and student groups, Ages 3-6)
This series is supported by PNC Grow Up Great.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Early Childhood Jazz Performance Series, offered through the Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Avenue, provides teachers and their student groups, ages 3-6, with an educational and interactive musical experience through Jazz Time!. Students will interact and learn about jazz music through songs that explore tempo, dynamics, melody, improvisation and more. Event Dates: 10:30 a.m.: April 1, 5, 8, 26, 29.
To hear a music sample from past Jazz Performance Series workshops, click .
Jazz Collage Workshop
April 13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Trust Arts Education Center
Fee: $20 / For Ages 18+
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Jazz Collage workshop, offered through the Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Avenue, for ages 18+, will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $20. Attendees will explore the history of jazz represented in art. After looking at artwork of Pittsburgh’s Romare Bearden in depth, participants will try some collage techniques to make their own jazz collection.
To register for these classes, please visit
Take a Child to Work Day: Jazz Performance
April 25, 10:30 a.m.
Trust Arts Education Center
All Ages are Welcome!
Take A Child to Work Day: Jazz Performance, Thursday, April 25, 10:30 a.m., Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Avenue. All ages are welcome! If you are participating in Take A Child to Work Day, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you and your children to join us at the Trust Arts Education Center for a free special performance of "Jazz Time!", an engaging musical journey that introduces children to the elements of jazz.
Trust Arts Education regularly presents this performance as part of a series for local early childhood classrooms. While this performance was created for children ages 3 – 5, all ages are welcome to attend this special performance for Take A Child to Work Day. The event is free, and registration is required at .
The BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive series has enabled the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to showcase hundreds of regional performers in the heart of the Cultural District since 2004. is a year-round free live jazz series taking place at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square and Katz Plaza. Open to the public, this popular Pittsburgh Cultural Trust music series showcases some of the region’s finest jazz musicians every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the heart of the Cultural District. Bob Studebaker has been the resident MC since the series inception. Bob is a native of Pittsburgh and began playing jazz on the radio in the late ‘70s. A few of Bob’s career highlights that have supported the music scene include multiple Golden Quill Awards from the Western Pennsylvania Press Club, lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and host of JazzWorks a nationally distributed music service heard on stations across the nation.
For information and a schedule of upcoming BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive events, please visit: or call 412-456-6666.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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