Soul Events

March 28, 2015

Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown and Beige" performed by The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York

Many years after going out of print, Duke Ellington’s jazz symphony Black, Brown and Beige gets a reboot by The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York. After a performance of the piece, Chris Ernst of said, “the heyday of jazz is easy to feel. Faddis’ virtuosic playing was mesmerizing.” Don’t miss this incredible night of music from a bygone era in many ways as modern today as it was cutting-edge then.

April 10, 2015

Gerald Albright

April 11, 2015 to April 12, 2015

Jazz Loves Soul

James Street house party! Live music from the bottom floor to the top, highlighting the timeless relationship between jazz and R&B!


8pm- Trio+: In the Speakeasy,Reggie Watkins supplies the love for jazz and soul, all night long! Featuring everal other artists...


9pm- Chop Shop: In the Ballroom, Chop Shop unleashes their brand of jazz future funk, then flips back to the '60s as special guest vocalists interpret classic soul tunes. Joe Badaczewski (Trumpet), Julz Powell (Drums), Glenn Strother(guitar), Nick DeCesare(piano), Beni Rossman(bass), Ben Barson(bari sax), Nathan Frink(tenor sax), Anqwenique Wingfield and Kyle Lawson(vocals).

April 18, 2015

Larry Coryell, John Clayton & Gerald Clayton

April 21, 2015

Aretha Franklin

Known around the world as the reigning "Queen of Soul", 18 Grammy winner, ARETHA FRANKLIN is one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music.

The "Queen of Soul" returns to Pittsburgh for her first appearance in over 13 years!

Known around the world by her first name, and as the undisputed, reigning "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin is peerless.  She is one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music, with a repertoire that spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel.  In 2009, Franklin was named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.  With her ever-distinctive, soulful, to-the-bone vocal style, she has graced music charts for nearly five decades and her 'live' performances have touched the hearts of tens of millions since she began her musical journey in Detroit as a singing child prodigy. It is her rich legacy of recordings that are a testament to the power, majesty and genius of this one-of-a-kind artist of the first order.  Aretha Franklin has earned countless international and national awards as well as accolades and global recognition on an unprecedented scale.  She is a 2005 recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom honor (the U.S.A.'s highest civilian honor), presented by President George W. Bush, and in 1999, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bill Clinton.  She sang at the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama (2009) and at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton (1993). She also performed at the inaugural gala for President Jimmy Carter (1997).  In 1968, she sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.  She is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor; 18 GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for eight consecutive years, a GRAMMY Legend Award, and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award; five American Music Awards; and four NAACP Image Awards.  In 1987, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1979, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2007, Franklin was honored at the Annual United Negro College Fund Evening of Stars and was presented with UNCF's Award of Excellence.  She was named 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year by the Recording Academy, and she was presented with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award.  In 2010, she was inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the Apollo Theater.  In April 2012, Franklin received the TV Land Music Icon Award.  In August 2012, Franklin will be inducted into the Gospel Music Associations' Hall of Fame. To date, she has received 12 Honorary Doctorate Degrees.


April 24, 2015

Mavis Swan Poole

Free show, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl - start time estimated

April 24, 2015

Soulciety, featuring Zo!, Carmen Rodgers & Selecta

April 25, 2015

Calliope Folk Music Society Presents The Holmes Brothers

Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country.

April 28, 2015

Roy Ayers Ubiquity

May 2, 2015

Blues Hall Of Fame Tour: Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond and James Cotton

May 8, 2015

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band: Tribute to Cal Tjader

May 9, 2015

Geroge Benson

May 15, 2015

Anthony Hamilton

May 19, 2015

Earth, Wind & Fire

May 26, 2015

Corey Henry and The Funk Apostles w/The Nth Power

Corey Henry, Snarky Puppy keyboardist and percussionist, has recently evolved and expanded his Corey Henry Trio fusion outfit into the Funk Apostles.

The Nth Power returns for their third show in Pittsburgh.  The lineup includes Nikki Glaspie, former percussionist for Beyonce and Dumpstaphunk, and Nigel Hall, with Warren Haynes Band and Lettuce keyboard credentials.





June 16, 2015

The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration

The jazz event of the year! Hosted by actress and singer Gloria Reuben, and kicking off the Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival, with music made famous by legendary Pittsburghers.  This star-studded concert features Roger Humphries, David Budway, Sean Jones and  Dwayne Dolphin honoring Kenny Clark, Art Blakey, Tommy and Stanley Turrentine,  Earl ”Fatha” Hines, Roy Eldridge and others.

After intermission, Ramsey Lewis and Kurt Elling will join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  to explore the music of Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Ahmad Jamal and others. PSO bassist, Jeff Grubbs, will perform the Ray Brown Suite with the PSO. Throughout it all, watch for clips from the new PBS documentary film celebrating the Legacy of Jazz in Pittsburgh. 

July 9, 2015

Smokey Robinson