Sean Jones
Sean Jones. Photo by Jimmy Katz.

Downtown Pittsburgh
June 16, 17, 18
Various times

Pittsburgh’s rich jazz scene will shine when local artists are showcased alongside world-renowned performers during this vibrant three-day festival.

Boasting 14-plus headlining acts, outdoor stages, and a variety of jam sessions and concerts—most of them free—JazzLive will fill Downtown with prolific vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and more.

The impressive roster boasts legends Roy Ayers and David Sanborn, emerging band leaders Shirazette Tinnin and Linda Oh, current stars Sean Jones and The Bad Plus, and others. Not to miss is world music guru Angelique Kidjo, Latin kings The Spanish Harlem Orchestra and a culminating show by the all-star supergroup, Hudson.

Presented by Citizens Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, JazzLive kicks off June 16 with Rhythm & Groove at the August Wilson Center. Music lovers will enjoy Caribbean rhythms, modern jazz and classic swing in an environment inspired by iconic nightclubs. Rhythm & Groove also features performances by Sean Jones, Elan Trotman & Tropicality and Noel Quintana, an exclusive VIP experience and food and libations from Pittsburgh’s top eateries.

Don’t miss the June 16 Jazz Crawl with sets by 120 local musicians at 15-plus Downtown hotspots. New this year are pop-up concerts at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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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.