Chaka Khan to headline the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival


Chaka Khan will perform this weekend at the 11th Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival.

The 10-time Grammy-winning singer will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at the Benedum Center, Downtown.

Khan’s musical repertoire encompasses rhythm and blues, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. She released 22 albums and had 10 Billboard No. 1 songs.

An after-party – “Through the Fire” – will be organized for Khan ticket holders at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

The festival, which runs until Sunday, is hosted by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center and celebrates black culture.

“Jazz is synonymous with Pittsburgh, and for over a decade the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival has been a landmark for our community as well as a destination for the world’s most innovative music lovers and jazz musicians,” said Janis Burley Wilson, president and CEO of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, in a statement. “To cope with the changes happening in the world, we have redesigned this festival to meet the challenges and create a safe and sustainable event. I am delighted that we are able to come together in person to enjoy this incredible group of artists at a time when our community is most in need of shared and common experiences. “

Participants will need to present proof of vaccination.

Masks are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, and mandatory for all indoor events.

The event partnered with CrowdPass, a secure software platform that allows ticket holders to download their vaccination record in advance. Tickets can be purchased here.

“As we continue to address the ever-changing challenges that occur around the world, these updated protocols allow us to protect our community and all those involved in the (Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival), which is a hallmark of our city ​​and a beacon for some of the greatest musicians, ”Wilson said.

In addition to Khan, other performers include singer Dianne Reeves; Grammy-winning instrumentalist, composer and producer Marcus Miller; jazz bassist and conductor New Jawn by Christian McBride; award-winning jazz pianist and composer Patrice Rushen & Friends; three-time Grammy-winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Grammy-winning singer Gregory Porter; singer Jazzmeia Horn; two-time Edison Prize winner trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and more.

The festival has partnered with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Saturday at 11 am, they will present “Jazz Time! A musical for kids and families ”on YouTube.

A program of the festival is available here.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is the editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .



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