AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: September 20, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Street: 980 Liberty Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Website or Map: http://pittsburghculturaltrus…
Event Type: jazz, vocal, concert
Organized By: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: Aug 25, 2015
As part of the rebirth of the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has created a new music series, Soul Sessions, with five shows throughout the 2015-16 season.
Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement/Direct of Jazz Programs says the trust was asked by the foundations that now control the center to assist in programming and extend the trust's reach into the center with the programming we already have.
The August Wilson Center, named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pittsburgh playwright, struggled with it finances from the day it opened in 2009. Operations at the center were suspended in November 2013. Earlier this year, the Pittsburgh Foundation bought the center from mortgage-holder Dollar Bank. The Cultural Trust is in charge of day-to-day operations.
It's a celebration of African-American culture, Burley Wilson says, but with all of us working together, we can create a center where there's something for everyone to enjoy."
We just to have to get in there and make it work, she says.
The Soul Sessions series kicks off on Sept. 20 with An Evening With Gregory Porter. The singer won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit. During the performance, he will be presented with the Jazz Journalist Association male vocalist of the year award by trombonist Nelson Harrison, founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $35 to $45. Burley Wilson first brought Porter to Pittsburgh for the Jazz Live International festival in 2011. He's a Pittsburgh favorite,