We are delighted to announce the lineup for our first annual Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival. With acts ranging from the international to the local, you’re in for a real treat this Memorial Day weekend
Poogie Bell Band with special guest Sean Jones
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.
Contemporary jazz trumpeter Sean Jones is carrying on in the tradition of Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Clifford Brown. He’s a firebrand who has won multiple awards; played lead trumpet in Wynton Marsalis’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; played as sideman for everyone from Nancy Wilson to Joe Lovano; and he’s recorded six albums as a leader.
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. He’s performed and recorded with Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Roberta Flack, David Bowie, Stanley Turrentine, and many others.
When the Poogie Bell Band teams up with Sean Jones at the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, expect fireworks.
The music of southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is an evocative, a vibrant mixture of indigenous sounds and images informed by Delta blues and William Faulkner alike.
His blues slide guitar playing is distinctive and unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. His unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fretboard. Landreth, who has an easygoing personality, can play it all. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock and rollers.
Eric Clapton says Sonny is the most underestimated musician on earth and probably one of the most advanced. Come see for yourself.
The ChopShop presents funk and fusion that’s raw, experimental, low down and dirty, but still polished, with energy high enough to power a grid. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jazz quintet Dad Band has been playing throughout Indiana County for ten years, and has been a driving force behind the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival.
A Pittsburgh-based quintet, The Electromotives play a mixture of jazz and soul, featuring the sultry vocals of Rosanna Paterra.
Indiana blues band Jukehouse Bombers will present a tribute to local blues legend Jeff Kelley.
The Old Masters with Special Guest Laura Ferguson
Hailing from Otsego County, New York, The Old Masters concentrate on standard jazz repertoire and the Great American Songbook. They’ll be joined on vocals by Chicago native—and Indiana favorite—Laura Ferguson.
Westsylvania All Star High School Jazz Band
The Westsylvania Jazz All-Stars is a big band featuring the best high school musicians our region has to offer, as chosen by their band directors.
About the Festival
The Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival is a free, outdoor, one-day festival will present a full afternoon and evening of jazz and blues performances in the brand-new IRMC Park, in downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania.
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