Suite Life, photo by Mark Simpson.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

November 28
8 p.m. (VIP party: 6 – 7:30 p.m.)

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater‘s signature Suite Life tribute to world-renowned composer and Pittsburgh native Billy Strayhorn is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

For its eighth annual edition, Suite Life will mark Strayhorn’s auspicious 100th birthday and will feature another jazz star with local ties. Headlining the celebratory concert will be Grammy Award-winning contemporary trumpeter Sean Jones, who is now chair of the Brass Department at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Jones, who was based in Pittsburgh for many years, has also served as lead trumpeter for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, has performed around the globe at high profile festivals and has released seven albums as a bandleader.

Sean Jones
Sean Jones. Courtesy MackAvenue.

Adding to the night’s outstanding jazz sounds will be local vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield—who will treat the crowd to a special happy birthday song honoring Strayhorn—along with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.

Among Pittsburgh’s most legendary locals, jazz composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn wrote timeless compositions such as “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Lush Life” during his 30-year collaboration with groundbreaking bandleader Duke Ellington.

Attendees are invited to celebrate what would have been Strayhorn’s 100th birthday—he was born on November 29, 1915—bask in the golden era of jazz and raise a glass to the composer’s important legacy. We love that the event’s admission is “pay what makes you happy.” All proceeds will benefit the KST’s Strayhorn Legacy Fund, which supports youth and family programming at the East Liberty-based venue.

Wanna be a VIP and support the next generation of artists? Grab tickets to the KST’s Lush Life Masquerade pre-show party, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo’s newly opened Wallace’s Tap Room. VIPers, who are encouraged to don black tie or creative chic attire (think colorful boas), will be treated to a meet and greet with the artists, a buffet prepared by Hotel Indigo’s chef Jose Rodriguez), libations, and a few festive surprises.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.