The twenty seventh annual MCG Jazz will be another star filled affair featuring such musical artists as David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Ahmad Jamal, Joshua Redman, touring with Bob James for the very first time. Over twenty headliners will perform in the series that will start with a special party on 28th September and will go through till 3rd May, 2014.
This season will celebrate several milestones – like Take 6’s twenty fifth anniversary tour, Gary Burton’s 70th birthday tour with New Gary Burton Quartet as well as 50th anniversary of Paul Winter’s performance at White House.
Newcomers to the event are Spanish Harlem Orchestra, British guitar ensemble Acoustic Alchemy, Chucho Valdes, Kevin Eubanks and Cassandra Wilson.
Australia’s Allan Harris will honor male jazz vocalists with – The Gentlemen Sing: Three Generations of Song, that will feature Philadelphia born Ernie Andrews as well as a new male jazz singer that MCG Jazz will find out via a nationwide search. All the details regarding the selection process will be declared this summer.
The season will start pn 28th September with the MCG Jazz Legends Party featuring Pittsburgh man Ahmad Jamal as well as other Pittsburgh Jazz Legends. MCG Jazz will also induct the new group of Pittsburgh Jazz Legends – J. Warren Watson, George “Duke” Spaulding, Joe Dallas, Frank Cunimondo, Charles “Chuck” Austin, Gene Ludwig, John Wilson, Joe Negri, Art Nance, James Johnson Jr, Roger Humphries, Nelson Harrison, Cecil Brooks II, Don Aliquo Sr. and Harold Betters.