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MCG Jazz Presents Diverse Talent In The First Part Of The 28th Season

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Patti Austin
MCG Jazz is thrilled to present hugely diverse line up of talent between late September and early November. The 28th season opens on September 27 with the spectacular Patti Austin in her debut at MCG Jazz. Grammy winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has made 17 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the GRAMMYS and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists all over the world and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Following on October 10 and 11 is Bob Mintzer R & Big Band, a concert being recorded for CD release on the MCG Jazz imprint. This incarnation of the Bob Mintzer Big Band will feature the music of Sly Stone, the Isley Brothers, Sam and Dave, and James Brown. Bob has a long relationship with the MCG Jazz and has recorded 4 big band albums here: Live at MCG, Old School New Lessons, Swing Out and the Grammy nominated For the Moment.

On October 25, Cecile McLorin Salvant makes her MCG Jazz (and Pittsburgh) debut. When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she the youngest finalist. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world’s most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately and only intensified in the months leading up to the launch of her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild. “She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace,” Wynton Marsalis asserts.

November 7 brings a double bill of artists of unbeatable depth and talent: Buster Williams Quartet and The Sonny Fortune Quartet. Mr. Williams is a prodigious artist who has played with every jazz giant of the last 60 years. His arrangements and compositions have been recorded by Roy Hargrove, Art Blakey, Jazz Crusaders, Mary Lou Williams, and Herbie Hancock, to name a few and his numerous television commercials and movie soundtracks mean you know his music, if not his name. With Mr. Williams comes Steve Wilson, saxophones; Patrice Rushen, piano and Lenny White, drums. Mr. Wilson has recently recorded a duo album with Lewis Nash entitled Duologue on the MCG Jazz label that released today.

When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, and Parker are mentioned. Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Sonny Fortune Quartet features Mr. Fortune; Michael Cochrane, piano; David Williams, bass and Steve Johns, drums.

Individual concert tickets range from $49.50 - $65.00 and are on sale now. Senior and student tickets are available for select shows. Please call the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Box Office at 412-322-0800 for more information or visit our website.

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