Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Enjoy a three-day celebration of the best in jazz music with world renowned and local musicians!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival returns September 17-19, 2021.

To ensure the wellbeing of all audience members, artists, and staff, all attendees will be required to show proof of receiving a full FDA or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks prior to attending performances at the Benedum Center, Highmark Stadium, and at AWAACC. Masks are strongly encouraged for all festival goers, regardless of vaccination status, and are required for all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Attendees under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is a two-day celebration with live music at various downtown locations. With Pittsburgh's rich jazz history, it's a huge party you won't want to miss!

Presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, this Only in Pittsburgh festival showcases the jazz legacy in Pittsburgh and brings the music and heritage to life. With performances from national and international artists, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival welcomes everyone to celebrate jazz in the city. 

To ensure the health and safety of its audience, artists, and staff, the PIJF is a fully ticketed event. Tickets to Chaka Khan at the Benedum Center and performances at Highmark Stadium are available now at pittsburghjazzfest.org. AWAACC will also host the “Through the Fire” After Party for Chaka Khan ticket holders. 

Jazz History in Pittsburgh

Believe it or not, Pittsburgh was a jazz hub in the 20th century. The city's Hill District was known as "Little Harlem" and attracted jazz legends including Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington and others. Earl "Fatha" Hines was a local pianist and bandleader from Duquesne, PA who influenced Pittsburgh jazz for decades to come. He groomed jazz legend and Pittsburgh native Billy Eckstine who continued to grow jazz in the city. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were also major contributors to the success of Pittsburgh jazz. This was just the beginning to Pittsburgh's extraordinary jazz scene which continues to thrive. Learn more about jazz in Pittsburgh on our #LovePGH blog

Jazz in Pittsburgh is everywhere – you just need to look a little! In addition to PIJF, you can find jazz performances in the city throughout the whole year. 

Jazz-centric Theatres

Located on Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh's August Wilson African American Cultural Center showcases performing and visual art programs that celebrate Black culture. The building is named after American playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson whose late play "Fences" was nominated for the Academy Awards. The 490+ seat theatre is in a modern building that offers multiple exhibition galleries, an education center, gift shop and café.

Named after two Pittsburgh legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) in East Liberty is an innovative theatre space that highlights the Pittsburgh renaissance era. Encouraging diverse, inclusive, artistic and educational performances, the KST continues to grow Pittsburgh's jazz and theatre culture.