Our Mission

MCG Jazz’ mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz.

 

Through our performances, we strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region.

 

MCG Jazz supports its mission through:

  • a subscription based annual concert series featuring jazz legends and emerging artists;

  • a recording label producing distinctive albums from a wide variety of artists;

  • educational programs serving elementary, middle and high school aged students; and

  • an archive of audio/video recordings, photographs, interviews and individual artist collections.

What We Do

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Concert Series

MCG Jazz’s concert activities focus on:

  1. Presenting artistic excellence in an environment conducive to creative expression

  2. Engaging students to further their musical abilities and understanding of jazz

  3. Increasing public awareness and appreciation for jazz as an American art form

  4. Exposing diverse artists to the Western Pennsylvania region

  5. Documenting and making available, through web streaming, the performances for future generations and for the purpose of evaluating impact and procedures.

Recording Label

MCG Jazz has released 50 albums and videos commercially through brick and mortar and its digital download store.

Education

MCG Jazz has worked with countless K-12 schools, universities and colleges to create teaching modules that fit their jazz needs. We are uniquely positioned to help any age student learn more about this American art form.

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Archives

Current MCG Jazz Assets derived from concerts, workshops, interviews, recording sessions, off-site productions and other events.  The collection includes:

Photographic Images 

Video Content

Audio Content

MCG Jazz CD Catalogue

MCG Jazz DVD Catalogue

PBS Specials

NPR Series

Oral Histories/Interviews

Jazz Education study guides, audio/video, professional development materials

Off-Site Productions of various audio/video/photo media from hundreds of events

Music charts of arrangements from small group to symphony orchestra

Various Printed Materials of contracts, media kits, grants, marketing materials, reviews clippings, etc.

Album Cover Art Collection

Artist Database

Song List of all compositions played at MCG

Mellon Jazz Festival Collection

Stanley Turrentine Collection

Herbie Mann Collection

Dr. John Wilson Archive

Jazz Books

 

Assets may be accessed for scholarly review by appointment only.

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Virtual Programming

MCG Jazz offers a variety of interactive virtual programming to keep you connected to MCG Jazz and bring the New Jazz Age to you.

Live Performances

Each month we host a socially distanced live performance from the MCG Jazz stage and stream it LIVE! Subscribers will have a special code to watch the performance at their convenience within 48 hours.

 

Archive Concert Broadcasts

Each month we stream a concert from the 33-year history of MCG Jazz. Relive a show you attended or see one you may have missed.

 

MCG Jazz Spotlight Show

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, MCG Jazz hosts a 60-minute radio show on The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel, WZUM, 101.1 FM or stream online at wzum.org.

 

Guess the Soloist

Weekly we post a 30 second clip from an improvised solo from the concert archives. We encourage you to comment with your guesses.  Watch for monthly contests!

 

Learning About the Legends

Pittsburgh has been home to so many of the musicians, arrangers, composers, and educators that created the music we know today as jazz. Weekly we give you a glimpse into the lives of MCG Jazz Pittsburgh Jazz Legends explaining why we pay tribute to these great Pittsburghers. At the end of each month a full transcription of each legend’s oral history will be released full of funny moments and life lessons.

 

Ask the Artist

Each month we will host a live chat session with an artist who has recorded on the MCG Jazz Label. Get your questions ready as you will be live with the artists!

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Production Services

MCG Jazz offers production services. At the MCG Jazz concert hall where our industry standard video and audio recording capabilities will capture your performance for live streaming, live to tape broadcasts, studio album recordings, and college audition recordings. Led by our award-winning engineers and producer who will work with you to follow all guidelines. Rhythm section accompaniment available upon request.