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Ron Carter Foursight Quartet, Ledisi, Stanley Clarke, Samara Joy and More Perform as part of August Wilson African American Cultural Center's Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, September 16-18

PIJF 2022

Lineup includes Average White Band, Buster Williams, Orrin Evans Trio,
Aymée Nuviola with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and more

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) announced today its 2022 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) presented by Citizens Bank. Taking place from September 16-18, 2022, the 12th annual festival will feature more than one hundred musicians, from award-winning legends to new and unique voices in jazz, funk, and fusion. The lineup includes the most recorded bassist in history, multi-Grammy winner Ron Carter; jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke; soul funk icons, the Average White Band; award-winning vocalist and current phenom, Samara Joy; vocal storyteller and stylist, Vanisha Gould; award-winning pianist, Orrin Evans; innovator and cultural interpreter, trumpeter, Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott); UK-based acid jazz favorites, Incognito featuring Maysa Leak, and many others, performing at August Wilson African American Culture Center (980 Liberty Avenue) and the Highmark Stadium (510 W. Station Square Drive) over the September 16-18 weekend. A full lineup of performances is available below with more artists to be added. The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is curated by Janis Burley Wilson, AWAACC President & CEO and Artistic Director, who created the festival in 2011 and has built it into a signature program of the Center as well as an international tourism event for Pittsburgh.

The Ron Carter Foursight Quartet will kick off the festival on Friday, September 16 at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. On Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, PIJF will then move to Highmark Stadium for back-to-back performances by Stanley Clarke, Incognito featuring Maysa Leak, Ledisi, Average White Band, Buster Williams & Something More, Melissa Aldana, Vanisha Gould, Orrin Evans Trio, Nate Smith + KINFOLK, Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott), Aymée Nuviola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dan Wilson Trio, Samara Joy featuring Pasquale Grasso Trio, Laurin Talese, and more to be announced. AWAACC member and sponsor pre-sale tickets will be available on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with general tickets on sale Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m. ET at pittsburghjazzfest.org.

“Jazz is synonymous with Pittsburgh, being the home of innovators like Ray Brown, Art Blakey, George Benson, Mary Lou Williams, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, and Roger Humphries, so it was important for me to share this strong jazz lineage and invite jazz lovers ‘home’ to Pittsburgh for this annual festival,” said AWAACC President & CEO Janis Burley Wilson. “For more than a decade, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival has been a highly anticipated weekend destination for music lovers and the most innovative jazz musicians in the world. For example, Ron Carter is celebrating his 85th birthday and still creating new music; while Vanisha Gould is making her distinctive mark and will be seen and heard for the first time in Pittsburgh at PIJF. People will be able to catch performances by their favorite artists and discover new interpretations of this music. We thank Citizens Bank, our additional sponsors, and Highmark Stadium, which has been a valued partner for the second year in a row.”

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens supports the AWAACC mission to celebrate African American culture and the African diaspora. The AWAACC is a leading presenter across genres. To learn more about the Center and its year-round activities, please visit https://awaacc.org.

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Ticket Information:     
Pre-sale tickets for both the performance at AWAACC and the weekend of performances at Highmark Stadium are available to AWAACC members on April 30 at 10 a.m. ET, and tickets for non-members go on-sale starting May 9 at 12 p.m. ET at pittsburghjazzfest.org. For additional details and the complete festival lineup, please visit pittsburghjazzfest.org.

Tickets for Ron Carter Foresight at AWAACC on Friday, September 17 start at $55. One-day Jazz Fest passes for Saturday or Sunday are available starting at $45, and two-day Jazz Fest passes are available starting at $85 for performances taking place at Highmark Stadium. Student one-day passes for $30 and two-day passes for $55 will be available for purchase in-person at the venue, as well as $12 tickets for children (ages 4-12) and free Lap Passes for children under 3. These tickets must be purchased in person at the Highmark Stadium box office.

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival would like to thank its sponsors, including Citizens Bank, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion and Flyspace Productions. Partners include JazzCorner, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes Magazine, The Westin Convention Center Hotel, Sheraton Station Square Hotel, the Pittsburgh International Airport, Drury Hotel, and others.

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Pictured: Ron Carter, Ledisi (top), Stanley Clarke, Samara Joy (bottom). Photos courtesy of AWAACC.