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Chaka Khan to perform at Jazzlive Festival

| Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Chaka Khan
Yamaha
Eddie Palmieri
Kumiko Higo
Marcus Miller
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Singer Gregory Porter

Bassist Marcus Miller, singer Chaka Khan and guitarist Pat Martino will be among the headliners at the third annual Jazzlive International Festival, June 7 to 9, Downtown.

The heart of the festival will be free performances from 2 to 8 p.m. June 8 and 9 at sites in the Cultural District, Janis Burley Wilson said at a news conference Downtown.

Burley Wilson, vice president of education and cultural engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, offered an early look at the festival before the opening of Jazz Appreciation Month concerts April 2 at the Theater at Cabaret Square, Downtown.

“We are really excited to have people like Chaka Khan and Marcus Miller, whom everybody knows, to Sarah Elizabeth Charles, a singer you are going to become very aware of,” she said.

Besides those two vocalists, the festival will feature the Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Orchestra, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, singer Gregory Porter, the sextet of saxophonist Ralph Peterson, the trio of pianist Gerald Clayton, the quintet of trumpeter Sean Jones, bassist Tony DePaolis. drummers Roger Humphries, Cecil Brooks III and Allison Miller, and the group, Orgone, which creates an electro-rhythmic funk.

The sites and times of the performances have not been determined.

The festival also will include a visit by Youngstown artist Al Bright, who will be doing a live painting at the 709 Penn Gallery on both days of the show.

The painting will be of a Pittsburgh jazz musician and, on one day of the festival, he will be accompanied by a band.

Bright will have an exhibition of his work at the gallery from May 31 to June 30.

The Palmieri band will be the final show June 8, while Khan will have that role June 9.

Burley Wilson said plans are undecided on late-night jam sessions June 7 and 8 at various clubs Downtown. Those events have grown in popularity and number in the previous two years.

Besides the two days of concerts, the festival will be kicked off with performances at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Macy's at South Hills Village and at 2 p.m. June 1 at those stores in Ross Park Mall, the Mall at Robinson and Monroeville Mall.

A festival Kickoff Party with shopping, sales and entertainment will be from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6, Downtown.

Bob Karlovits is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bkarlovits@tribweb.com or 412-320-7852.

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