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Experience the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival from home this year!
August Wilson African American Cultural Center has made the decision to postpone the June 2020 festival until June 2021 to ensure the health and well-being of its staff, audiences and artists.
On June 20, 2020, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is launching the first-ever Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Live Online, a free special event that will begin streaming at noon on both the Center’s website and Facebook page.
The virtual event, curated by the AWAACC in collaboration with award-winning musician Sean Jones, will continue the legacy of past Jazz festivals and feature legendary jazz musicians from around the world, including Jones, Dianne Reeves, The Bad Plus, Laurin Talese, Jeff Watts, Brett Williams, Lekecia Benjamin, and more.
The event will also recognize what would have been the 10th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival with a special tributes including a live performance by local artists as well as showcasing interviews and footage from festivals over the past ten years.
To support the continued efforts of hosting such an amazing event in Pittsburgh, the AWAACC has launched $10 for the next 10 Years of Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. Contributions will be accepted online during the virtual festival and will continue afterwards leading up to the 2021 in-person festival.
Learn more and support this special campaign commemorating the past 10 years of the festival and celebrating the next 10 years of PIJF.
In addition to Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Live Online, the AWAACC has launched several additional free digital initiatives for audiences of all ages.
These include virtual tours of its two most recent visual arts exhibitions: Vanishing Black Bars & Lounges: Photographs by L. Kasimu Harris and I Came by Boat so Meet me at the Beach: Ayana M. Evansand Tsedaye Makonnen; and a monthly conversation series, Lit Fridays, featuring artists, actors, writers and scholars streamed on the AWAACC's Facebook page.