Sean Jones

James Gallery

May 21
7 – 10 p.m.

Where can you enjoy an exclusive preview of—and help support—one of Pittsburgh’s most exciting summer music festivals?


From June 19-21,  the fifth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival will showcase the many sounds and dimensions of the genre, with three days and nights featuring local, national and internationally renowned performers.


Ready for a sneak peek? Jazz, cocktails and fine art will converge on Thursday, May 21st during a special fundraiser for the festival taking place at James Gallery in the heart of Pittsburgh’s West End. Attendees will be treated to an exclusive concert featuring Sean Jones, Geri Allen, Roger Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin, all benefiting the JazzLive Festival.

Providing the night’s libations will be North Coast Brewing Company and Boyd & Blair Vodka. Attendees can also view two brand new art exhibitions on view at James Gallery—All Terrain Vehicle, which explores the contemporary landscape via painting and photography, and Bound, which features woven fiber objects made by Elizabeth Whyte Schulze.

Added bonus? Your ticket to the May 21st fundraiser comes with member benefits for the JazzLive Festival. Tickets are $125 (includes JazzLive ensemble benefits), or $250 (includes JazzLive brass benefits, such as VIP seating, VIP Lounge access and souvenirs).

JazzLive @ James Gallery is co-hosted by Tracy Certo of NEXTpittsburgh and Janis Burley Wilson of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

Etienne Charles

Jazz is a rich cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s cultural legacy and thriving contemporary scene, with many pioneering figures calling the city home—from composer Billy Strayhorn and drummers Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke and Roger Humphries, to current star trumpeter Sean Jones, who was recently appointed Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Produced by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, JazzLive showcases a diverse lineup of world-class performers in a variety of settings—outdoor stages, ticketed special engagements and indoor gigs at 20-plus intimate venues throughout downtown’s Cultural District.

Featured artists for this year’s festival in June include Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, Average White Band, Christian McBride Trio, Bebel Gilberto, Etienne Charles Calypso Review, Sammy Figueroa’s Latin Jazz Explosion, Camila Meza, Joey DeFrancesco, Aaron Abernathy & the Nat Turner Band and many more.

Purchase tickets for JazzLive @ James Gallery. The performances will begin at 8 p.m.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / 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.