Jazz on 3rd serves up Pittsburgh's best in Carnegie

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

Rouge your knees and roll your stockings down — all that jazz is coming to Carnegie.

The second Jazz on 3rd will take place on Sunday, bringing with it local jazz artists and food vendors.

“At 3rd Street, we've been doing jazz since the middle ‘90s,” said Phil Salvato, owner of the 3rd Street Gallery, which is organizing the event. “It grew to where we were doing Wednesday night jazz shows and getting nice big crowds. It continued to grow, and now it's a once-a-year event.”

This year's jazz acts, which begin at 3 p.m., are the St. John Affair, the Don Alique Quartet and Michele Bensen.

“These are the best Pittsburgh has to offer, and we're doing it right here in Carnegie,” Salvato said. “It keeps the arts alive — that's been the goal of 3rd Street. We want to bring prosperity and joy to our community, and the arts are doing it.”

Salvato said that despite the lack of jazz in mainstream music, the former Wednesday night shows at the gallery drew big crowds.

“Every week was like a party,” he said. “We had to put a halt on it for a while, but we're still getting requests.”

He said the off-the-cuff nature of the style lends itself to a wide fan base.

“I think people are just interested in the excitement of jazz and improv of jazz — the melody of a song can be played in an improvisational way but still felt all through the song,” she said. “There's just a certain group of people who enjoy jazz, and we want to keep it going.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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