PITTSBURGH – MCG Jazz is honored to announce that its 30th annual Jazz concert lineup kicks off with the Great American Songbook Foundation founder Michael Feinstein and his Trio, who will perform four shows, two each night, with a program specifically for the Pittsburgh audience Sept. 23-24, 2016. The series runs through April 21, 2017 at the MCG concert hall located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. Previously scheduled headliner, Bobby McFerrin, regrettably postponed his tour promising to return to MCG Jazz as soon as possible.
“Bobby McFerrin is taking a much-needed sabbatical for the remainder of 2016, undergoing a course of treatment for Lyme disease and resting his voice. He was truly looking forward to celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MCG Jazz and sends his congratulations to all involved in bringing so much music and joy to the Pittsburgh Community,” stated Bobby McFerrin Management.
Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.
“I am thrilled to be with you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of MCG Jazz. I look forward to a special weekend in Pittsburgh,” said Feinstein.
Choose-your-own concert subscription packages of four or more concerts are available now. Single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2016. Please visit www.mcgjazz.org or call the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Box Office at 412-322-0800 for more information. Tickets can also be purchased with the MCG Jazz free mobile app available through Google Play and the Apple store.
The anniversary concert series held at the MCG concert hall includes:
TIZER featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Veasley and Lao Tizer
October 7, 2016
The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 for a performance they call The Summit
October 22, 2016
Freddy Cole for his 85th birthday bash with his trio and special guests Joel Frahm and Nnenna Freelon
October 29, 2016
Ramsey Lewis and Ann Hampton Callaway
November 19, 2016
Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton celebrating their 40th Anniversary (a show reminiscent of Monty’s first performance at MCG Jazz in 1988)
December 3, 2016
John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey debuting together in Pittsburgh
December 16, 2016
Under 30 for the 30th a program produced by Etienne Charles & Creole Soul with featured guests Jazzmeia Horn and Melissa Aldana
February 4, 2017
*Rufus Reid’s Tribute to Ray Brown with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Bass Quintet and Rufus Reid Trio
February 10 and 11, 2017
Drum master Lewis Nash celebrates the music of Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey featuring a special drum battle with Roger Humphries.
February 25, 2017
*DIVA Jazz Orchestra & the Boys featuring Maurice Hines, Ken Peplowski, Claudio Roditi and Bob Cranshaw with Johnny Mandel premiering ten new arrangements
March 10 and 11, 2017
Piano prodigy Joey Alexander makes his Pittsburgh debut; the sensational “Little Jazz Man” has displayed his talents on CBS’s 60 Minutes and the recent GRAMMY Awards.
March 17, 2017
*Bob Mintzer Big Band and New York Voices perform together for the first time on U.S. soil with a blend of swing, bebop and Latin styles for this one-of-a-kind performance
March 31 and April 1, 2017
Bob James will perform with guitarist Howard Paul on a program that will also feature two young future guitar masters; sponsored by Benedetto Guitars.
April 8, 2017
30th Anniversary All-Star Smooth Jazz Celebration featuring for the first time ever at MCG Jazz Gregg Karukas and Vincent Ingala with MCG Jazz favorites Peter White and Chuck Loeb
April 21, 2017
* Indicates this performance will be recorded live.
Artists and dates subject to change.
Photos of the artist performing during the MCG Jazz 2016-2017 concert series can be downloaded from the MCG Jazz web site at: http://mcgjazz.org/_wp/mcg-jazz-media-hub-2016-17-season.
About MCG Jazz
MCG Jazz’s mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through our performances, we strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region. Through our live recordings we reach a national and international audience – a market we’d like to grow. Through our educational programs we are able to have students attend the concerts at low or no cost to them, make artists available for master classes and provide opportunities for internships in production and marketing.
Since 1987, MCG Jazz has brought audiences together with jazz artists at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative 4-day performances and recordings. Many of these international masters of jazz would headline a list of Jazz’s “Needs No Introduction” — Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown. MCG Jazz Archives now contain over 300 CDs worth of jazz history by those who represent the past, present and future of jazz music. The performance series, one of the oldest in the nation, is an anchor of Pittsburgh cultural and community life.
MCG Jazz 30th Anniversary Concert Series Sponsors
The MCG 30th Anniversary Jazz Anniversary Concert Series is supported through sponsorships. This year’s concert season partners are: EQT Foundation, UPMC Health Plan, BNY Mellon, NOVA Chemicals, Burns White, Highmark, Huntington Bank. MCG Jazz is an Allegheny Regional Asset.