Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh’s Inaugural Jazz Week Commences With Great Success August 10-19, 2018


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An initiative came together in the Pittsburgh Jazz community to create a ten-day series of events for the city. The program called Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was developed by the committee that grew out of the JazzHubs America project.

Pittsburgh was selected along with Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; and Washington, DC to hold a series of summits for their regional Jazz ecosystems. The JazzHubs America project concluded at the end of 2017; however, the Pittsburgh Jazz community formed a committee to further the initiatives outlined during the JazzzHubs Pittsburgh summits. This committee, comprised of 21 individuals including presenters, independent musicians, music educators and media, have continued to meet and plan not only the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer but other initiatives. One such initiative that was launched during the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer is a partnership with AllAboutJazz.com and JazzNearYou.com to create a comprehensive listing of Jazz events around the Greater Pittsburgh region. The website is pittsburgh.jazznearyou.com. JazzNearYou.com also has a mobile app and a weekly newsletter for Jazz lovers to stay informed of everything happing in Jazz around Pittsburgh. The partnership with AllAboutJazz.com also gives Pittsburgh a connection to other markets across the county.

Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was held from August 10-19, 2018. During those 10 days, 13 partnering organizations presented and promoted 25 official partner events in 15 venues around the City of Pittsburgh; hiring over 100 musicians to perform for approximately 10,000 attendees. After the official events were announced another 35 performances were added to the week creating a combined 60 shows seen by an estimated thousands of people.

Participating venues

  • Alphabet City
  • Hartwood Acres
  • Heid House
  • Howler’s
  • Jazz At Andy’s Fairmont Hotel
  • Katz Plaza
  • Market Square
  • Pretti’s Pit
  • Reservoir of Jazz Highland Park
  • Rivers Casino
  • Savoy
  • South Park
  • Stars at Riverview
  • Tall Trees, Monroeville
  • Wallace’s Whiskey Room

    • Partnering organizations

      • Allegheny County
      • City of Asylum
      • City of Pittsburgh
      • Jazz at Andy’s Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
      • Lighthouse Arts
      • MCG Jazz
      • Monroeville Jazz Festival
      • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
      • Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
      • Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival/August Wilson Center
      • Rivers Casino
      • Savoy
      • WZUM
      Musicians performing during Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer included national touring artists such as Larry Carlton and Jean-Luc Ponty, dozens of resident Pittsburgh-region musicians including MCG Jazz Pittsburgh Jazz Legends, Frank Cunimondo and Roger Humphries and emerging talent such as Antonio Croes and Eli Naragon.

      Given the success of Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer, the Pittsburgh Jazz committee are already planning the next focused Pittsburgh Jazz Days. This time the Pittsburgh Winter-Jazz Week in February 2019. Stay connected for updates on performers and venues at pittsburgh.jazznearyou.com.

      Committee members

      Harry Clark – Co-chair, Retired Educator
      Thomas Wendt – Co-chair, Musician
      Frank Cunimondo, Musician
      Renee Govanucci, MCG Jazz
      Tania Grubbs, Musician
      Scott Hanley, WZUM
      Nelson Harrison, Musician, Pittsburgh Jazz Network
      Mark Jackovic, MCG Jazz
      James Johnson, Jr., African American Music Institute
      Max Leake, Musician
      Chuck Levins, WZUM
      Patricia Pugh Mitchell, Consultant
      Ben Opie, Musician
      Prentiss Orr, Explorrditions
      Suzanne Rideout, Kente Arts
      Mike Shanley, Journalist
      Jared Sims, West Virginia University
      Bob Studebaker, WESA
      Manny Theiner, Promoter
      Mike Tomaro, Duquesne University
      Tim Williams, Carnegie Library

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