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Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

September 17 - September 19

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s signature event, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) presented by Citizens Bank returns, taking place live, in-person, from September 17-19, 2021. The 11th annual festival will feature the legendary, ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan, who will perform on Friday, September 17 at 8pm ET at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts (237 7th Street). In addition to Khan, the line-up includes pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves; Grammy-winning instrumentalist, composer, and producer Marcus Miller; jazz bassist and bandleader Christian McBride’s New Jawn; award-winning jazz pianist and composer Patrice Rushen & Friendsthree-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter; vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition; two-time Edison Award-winning, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah; jazz and R&B duo The Baylor Project; Pittsburgh native drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, who has performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, and Alice Coltrane; Lakecia Benjamin, chosen as the “2020 Up and Coming Artist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association; and the Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band, whose leader, renowned pianist Eddie Palmieri, is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts’ Jazz Master Award and Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, who will perform at Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium. Tickets for all performances can be purchased atpittsburghjazzfest.org.

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) is curated by Janis Burley Wilson, AWAACC President & CEO, who created the festival in 2011 and has built it into its a signature program of the Center. For additional details and the complete festival lineup, please visit pittsburghjazzfest.org.The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival extends the non-profit AWAACC’s mission to celebrate Black culture and the African diaspora and highlights the Center as a leader in presenting programming that reflects the diversity of Pittsburgh and the nation. 


September 17
September 19
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