7:30 p.m. • May 24 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
Presented by Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
A Project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
For the first Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has brought together an unbeatable combination: the Poogie Bell Band with special guest Sean Jones.
Sean Jones: Contemporary jazz trumpeter Sean Jones is carrying on in the tradition of Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Clifford Brown. The firebrand musician, born in Warren, Ohio, in 1978, began playing trumpet in fifth grade. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees (from Youngstown State University and Rutgers University, respectively), Jones went on to perform with a variety of name musicians, including Joe Lovano, Frank Foster, and others. A former member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis), Jones is a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He released his debut album, Eternal Journey, on Mack Avenue in 2004. Gemini and Roots followed in 2005 and 2006, respectively. In 2007, Jones featured various vocalists including Gretchen Parlato on Kaleidoscope. Two years later, he released his fifth Mack Avenue release, the ambitious The Search Within. In 2011, Jones returned with No Need for Words, an album loosely conceptualized around the idea of love and the various ways it can be expressed.
Poogie Bell Band: The sound of Poogie Bell’s drums is what you hear on many of the world’s finest jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop records. Performer, record producer, composer, and arranger, you’ve heard his work with artists including Chaka Khan, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Hugh Masekela, Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, John Scofield, David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Vanessa Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Victor Wooten, and Randy Crawford. Born in Pittsburgh and raised in New York, as a kid it wasn’t unusual for Poogie to see the likes of drummer Max Roach, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, pianist Marylou Williams, or bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter and Richard Davis in his living room jamming with his father, a jazz musician and professor of music. Poogie’s first “real” gig was with Tom Brown, Weldon Irvine, and Hugh Masekela. Then came a tour with one of the creators of what we know as hip-hop, Afrika Bambaata and the Soulsonic Force, followed by a tour with the Force MD’s, a Temptations-style vocal group who were the first to incorporate R&B and hip-hop. Breaking into the traditional R&B world Poogie toured and recorded with artists Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Khan. He came into the New Jack Swing era working with Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, SWV and New Edition. He continues to tour and record with Marcus Miller, Victor Bailey, Bill Evans Soul Bop and Erykah Badu, among others.
When the Poogie Bell Band teams up with Sean Jones at the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, expect fireworks.