Diane Reeves, Snarky Puppy on tap for JazzLive

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Last year, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival ran the same weekend as the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

This year, the fourth annual event, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on three outdoor stages, gets it own headlining status in the Cultural District.

The headliner is Dianne Reeves, the vocalist from Detroit who last won a Grammy for the soundtrack to the film "Good Night, and Good Luck" in 2005.

The free festival also will feature A Tribute to Art Blakey performed by The Messenger Legacy (Ralph Peterson, Bobby Watson, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Donald Brown and Reggie Workman); Grammy-winning ensemble Snarky Puppy; plus, Nancy Harms, Thomas Wendt, Joe Locke, harpist Brandee Younger, Raul Midon, Gregory Porter, Benny Benack III and Emmet Cohen.

"During this festival we celebrate some of the world's most important jazz musicians and an art form that has merged several cultures into one distinct style," Janis Burley Wilson, vice president of education and community engagement and director of jazz programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to host Grammy Award winners, emerging talent and local favorites in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District."

The 2014 Showcase Noir marks the 11th year for the African-American Designer Market that includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber works and sculptures available for sale by some of the world's finest artists.

A special pop-up vinyl record store, Trust Vinyl, coordinated by Pittsburgh local DJ Malls, will be at Ninth Street and Liberty Avenue.

For more information, go to TrustArts.org/jazzlivefest.



Ninth Street Stage

5 p.m.: Nate da Phat Barber (DJ) with Line Dance Party (7:30 p.m.)

9:15 p.m.: Snarky Puppy

Penn Avenue Stage II

2 p.m.: Brandee Younger Sextet (Afroharp)


Penn Avenue Stage I

3 p.m.: The Messenger Legacy

8 p.m.: Jazz Meets Funk featuring Fred Wesley

Penn Avenue Stage II

4 p.m.: Gregory Porter

6:30 p.m.: Joe Locke Group featuring Kenny Washington

Rex Theater, South Side

9 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation ($15 advance; $17 day of show)


Penn Avenue Stage I

3 p.m.: El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico

8 p.m.: Dianne Reeves

Penn Avenue Stage II

2 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Trio featuring Benny Benack III

4:15 p.m.: Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with special guest Allan Harris

6:45 p.m.: Raul Midon

Ninth Street Stage

3 p.m.: Nancy Harms

Katz Plaza (Penn Avenue & Seventh Street)

6 p.m.: Noel Quintana & The Latin Crew

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