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Season Program

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Special thank you to our Season 36 Sponsors:

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MCG Jazz Programs are made possible by support from:

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Dear Friends:

Over the past two years we all have experienced how interconnected the world is and how it affects us daily on many levels. The 36th Season of MCG Jazz explores how jazz is an ever-evolving music that celebrates collaboration with other cultures. Musicians from over ten countries and five continents will travel to Pittsburgh to share their music with

you this season.

The MCG Jazz music hall has undergone a major renovation over the past 18 months adding new aesthetic and acoustic enhancements making the performance experience one of the most enjoyable in the world. Our home at 1815 Metropolitan Street was recently dedicated to the founder, Bill Strickland with a new sign erected naming it the William E. Strickland Jr. Building in his legacy. This season we will add new features to the Customer and Archives Center, and watch for our new concession area!

You can read more about the artists performing for MCG Jazz throughout the following Season 36 program. Thank you for supporting jazz in Pittsburgh and I look forward to seeing you at a concert soon.


Marty Ashby

Vice President and Executive Producer, MCG Jazz


Vice President and Executive Producer


Education and Archives Manager

Patron Services Manager

Production Manager

Administrative Assistant Senior Level, Production Assistant

Front House Coordinator

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Manchester Bidwell Corporation Board of Directors


Gregory B. Jordan, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel,

The PNC Financial Services Group



Kevin Acklin, President of Business Operations, Pittsburgh Penguins



David S. Rzepecki, VP, General Counsel, Secretary and Compliance Officer, Covestro



Vincent V. Sands, CFA, Retired – Chairman, BNY Mellon


William C. Byham, Ph.D, Founder & Executive Chairman, DDI

Ann E. Cudd, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

James V. Denova, Ph.D., Retired - Vice President, Benedum Foundation

Jaime A. Irick, Vice President, Architectural Coatings & Traffic Solutions, U.S. & Canada, PPG

Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W., President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Brett A. Nardi, Vice President, Institutional, Government & Non-Profit, The Huntington National Bank

Mark A. Nordenberg, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

Lisa B. Peters, Retired, BNY Mellon

Robert J. Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Invictus Leadership Group

Dan Swayze, VP– Community Services, UPMC Health Plan & Director of Operations,

 UPMC Innovative Homecare Solutions

Life Members

E. Peter Benzing (Deceased)

Nancy Bromall Barry

Michael A. Bryson

Jack L. Burley, Sr. (Deceased)

George Fechter

Diana Jannetta

Don Alan Linzer

John Pelusi

Michael Schurko

William E. Strickland, Jr.

John Unkovic (Deceased)

Doris Carson Williams


Brian D. Aiello

Amy Atkinson

Livingston Biddle (Deceased)

Scott G. Brown, Esquire

Anthony L. Bucci

Carolyn Byham

Dorothy A. Davis, Esquire

M. Elise Hyland

Chereé Johnson

K. Leroy Irvis (Deceased)

Scott M. Lammie

Claudette R. Lewis

Glenn R. Mahone, Esquire

Frank Mont (Deceased)

David L. Motley

Robert N. Peirce Jr.

Nancy L. Rackoff, Esquire

Dorothy L. Raizman

Theodore Roberts Jr.

Clifford R. Rowe Jr.

Susan Baker Shipley

Tony Torres

Milton A. Washington (Deceased)

Nicholas D. Varischetti, Esquire

Lauren Weddell

Alfred W. Wishart Jr.


Mara Bruce

Principal Staff

Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W., President & CEO

William E. Strickland, Jr., Founder & Executive Chairman

Mara Bruce, Vice President & CFO

MCG Jazz is a program of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Table of Contents
Welcome to Season 36
Mancester Bidwell Corporation Board of Directors
Brian Simpson & Jackiem Joyner
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Monty Alexander
Django Festval All-Stars
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Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo

KAPPA "Love Is Red" Benefit Concert and 2023 Annual Fundraiser featuring 

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Jonathan Butler

Presented by: KAPPA Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA

(the charitable organization of the Pittsburgh [PA] Alumni Chapter of KAPPA Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.).


This black-tie event benefits the KAPPA Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA, raising scholarship money for Pittsburgh area students.


Concert & Reception Tickets: $150.00 (Includes Food & Drinks), 6:30pm.


Concert Only Tickets: $75.00, doors 8:00pm, performance 8:30pm.

Jonathan Butler

Friday, February 17, 2023

6:00pm & 8:30 pm

The brainchild of pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, Artemis is a powerful ensemble of modern jazz masters. Named for the Greek goddess of the hunt, the multinational, multigenerational group was founded in 2017 under the banner of International Women's Day. The band's performance at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival was so compelling, Blue Note Records President Don Was signed them to the label. Tour dates followed across Europe and the US including festival performances in Saratoga, Monterey and Detroit, as well as at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall, SFJAZZ, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The collective released their debut recording in 2020 and will deliver their next album in May 2023. Each member of Artemis is a bandleader and composer, and the repertoire draws on each of their distinctive personalities, from original music to imaginative arrangements of eclectic material. Artemis performs with joy, power, passion, and high-wire intensity.

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5 Women Saxophone Journeys featuring Virginia Mayhew, Erica Lindsay, Laura J. Dreyer, Su Terry and music director, Fostina Dixon. This is a world premiere event featuring five women telling their journeys as female saxophonists: how they persevered, what inspired and motivated them to continue, how they came into their own identity as bandleaders, and their musical compositions. The evening will feature each artist’s unique style and original compositions in a variety of ensemble configurations from duos to octets. Together they will identify their similarities and differences as individuals and as artists. The aim is to inspire more females to see themselves present in a male-dominated art form and bring change in education, performance, and acceptance of women in jazz.


The concert will be followed by a meet and greet reception where you can learn more about these world-class musicians and their journeys.


This special event program is funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects and The Heinz Endowments Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures Initiative.

5 Women Saxophone Journeys
Danilo Pérez's Global Messengers
Samara Joy
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The "Both Sides of Joni Mitchell" project was the product of a period of soul searching during the COVID-19 summer of 2020. Janiece Jaffe started listening closely to Joni Mitchell's music and lyrics with her jazz vocalist ears and found truth and wisdom that inspired her and that she wanted to share with the world to inspire others. She studied the words more deeply and got the urge to re-imagine them in Jazz arrangements. "I could almost 'Hear' them!"


Together with friend and collaborator pianist/arranger Monika Herzig, they spent many summer days of 2020 in the barn with keyboard and masks working out arrangements and rediscovering Joni's music. The music was recorded with a stellar group of musicians with a release date of March 2023.


Janiece sadly left this world in November 2022, leaving her friend Monika to continue sharing their project and music. Monika is joined by New York jazz vocalist Alexis Cole in 2023. This program is funded in part by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Jazz Roads

Monica Herzig
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Don't miss this chance to see the premier jazz ensemble of The United States Air Force live in concert! The band will be performing an eclectic program, including big band hits from the 1940's to brand new compositions written for this tour!

The Airmen of Note is of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., The U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

Airmen of Note
Arturo Sandoval
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A leading voice of the harp, Brandee Younger recently made history at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards as the first Black female solo artist nominated in the Best Instrumental Composition category for her song “Beautiful Is Black." The mesmerizing track is from her 2021 critically well-received major label debut album, Somewhere Different, that also received a 2022 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental. Over her career Ms. Younger has performed and recorded across countless genres with artists including John Legend, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Common, Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane, Ron Carter, and Charlie Haden. Additionally her original composition “Hortense” was featured in the Netflix Concert Documentary, Beyoncé: Homecoming and in 2019 the tireless musician was selected to perform her original music as a featured performer for Quincy Jones and Steve McQueens’ “Soundtrack of America.” 

Ms. Younger’s ability to seamlessly inject the harp into arrangements and venues where it has historically been overlooked is a testament to her deep love for and exemplary command of the instrument. In addition to performing, she is on the teaching artist faculty at New York University and The New School College of Performing Arts in New York City. 

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Drummer Steve Smith has been touring and recording with his all-star group Vital Information since 1983, making 2023 the 40th Anniversary of the group. Steve Smith and Vital Information celebrate the occasion with a newly recorded double CD release entitled “TIME FLIES.”  


The newest line-up of Vital Information features virtuoso musicians with vast experience. Keyboardist Manuel Valera, a Guggenheim Fellow and Grammy nominated artist, was born, and raised in Havana, Cuba and is now living in NYC. Manuel plays and records with many of the New York jazz elite like Antonio Sanchez, Dafnis Prieto and John Patitucci. Electric Bassist Janek Gwizdala, originally from London, currently living in Los Angeles, records and tours with Peter Erskine, Mike Stern and Randy Brecker and is one of the most in-demand bass players in the world. Both new members of Vital Information are bandleaders and recording artists with multiple recordings to their names. The new trio version of Steve Smith and Vital Information collectively creates a powerhouse sound. Although the band is rooted in the straight-ahead swing of bebop, at times the group explores exotic time-signatures from the world of South Indian Carnatic music and have arranged adventurous funk-driven renditions of jazz standards. Seeing Steve Smith and Vital Information live-in concert is a perfect opportunity to experience their high-level musicianship, sense of joy onstage and collective virtuosic improvisation. 

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MCG Jazz Record Club Membership

The coolest club in town. You don’t even need a secret knock!


$500 – Diamond Record Club Member Benefits include:

•Invitation for two to an open sound check.

•Behind the scenes tour of MCG Jazz archives.

•Reserved parking at all MCG Jazz events held at our facility.

•Subscription to Downbeat Magazine.

•A free MCG Jazz CD or download.

•Exclusive member single ticket pre-sale.

•Ten percent discount on MCG Jazz label albums.

•MCG Jazz program book listing.

$250 – Platinum Record Club Member Benefits include:

•Reserved parking at all MCG Jazz events held at our facility.

•Subscription to Downbeat Magazine.

•Exclusive member single ticket pre-sale.

•Ten percent discount on MCG Jazz label albums.

•MCG Jazz program book listing.

$100 – Gold Record Club Member Benefits include:

•Exclusive member single ticket pre-sale.

•Ten percent discount on MCG Jazz label albums.

•MCG Jazz program book listing.

Diamond Record Members

Linda & Joe Bartolacci

Joan K. and Keith Bernard

Phyllis Bianchetti

Jim & Deborah Genstein

Cyril Koval

Nancy Lynches

Dave Marrangoni

Tom Matway

Barbara WMiller

William R. Morrison

Jim & Linda Northrop

Tim & Judy Robison

Jerry & Robin Rosen

Harold C. Shields

The Grail Law Firm

Platinum Record Members

Angelo Baiocchi

Leslie Bonci

Chuck & Jill Brodbeck

Paul & Rose Cercone

Nellie Curran

Irene Dinning

Rick & Kathy Dorman

Jane Downing

Michele Fabrizi

Eric & Patricia Fulmer

Rohan Ganguli

Michael Goldstein

Ed Gordon

John & Joanne Greenwald

David M. Hillman

Richard & Donna Hopkins

Barbara & Alan Huffman

Alan James

Charlotte & Jackie Jones

Michelle Kienholz

Paul Kress

Ronald Larsen

William McClendon

Dr. Gregory and Thelma Morris

Melanie Philbrick

Dorothy Raizman

Suresh Ramanathan

Marv & Vicki Roth

Don & Debi Salvin

Rocky Schoen

Douglas & Darlene Schwab

Myrna & Lee Silverman

John & Andrea P. Spina

Guy Marc Stofman MD

Gordon & Catherine Telfer

William A. Thomas

Barb Wollman

Gold Record Members

Ron & Linda Altany

Alyce Amery-Spencer

James & Susan Antoniono

Kenia Ashby

Paul & Valerie Bacharach

Victor G. Capretto

Charles Carey

Deborah Carter-Gordley

J. Keith Cassidy

Scott & Cathy DePoy

Bob & Diane DiCola

Stephen Fisher

Jim Galik

Renee Govanucci

Lynne Gross

Brenda H. Habenicht-Braid

Catherine Hammond

Alan Helgerman

David & Judith Herzog

Craig and Carole Ilk

Joseph and Patricia James

Mark Kochvar

Marty Kurta

John Liberatore

Jorge Lindenbaum

David and Tracy Longo

Dr. Ralph Manning

Fred & Lena Miller

Jay Morris

Tom & Sally Ondrejko

Richard & Sharon Papke

Susan and Keith Pavick

Diane Pelusi

Margaret Pettigrew

Walter Quinn

William A. Real

Susan Reed

Ms. Charlie Roche

Mark Rogers

Scott & Lydia Sebal

Dr. William Spatz

Marlis Stacy

David & Carol W. Steinbach

Barbara Steinberg

Richard Chesnik & Stephanie Valetich

Janet Stout

James & Francine Tasillo

Jacqueline Toney

Paul & Laurie Uhler

Peggy C. Whitehurst

Chester & Julie Wojciechowicz

Zachary Wyatt

MCG Jazz Record Club Member List
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Subscribers may return tickets and receive a donation acknowledgement. Please call the MCG Jazz box office at 412-322-0800 or go to, to complete the form no later than one business day prior to your scheduled performance.


Subscribers to the MCG Jazz concert season are able to exchange tickets prior

to the scheduled event for another available performance within the same

series year. To exchange, please send your tickets to the MCG Jazz box office

with your requested concert choice or call 412-322-0800.


Single tickets to individual concerts may be purchased during the concert

season by calling the MCG Jazz box office at 412-322-0800 or online at, Subscribers receive a discounted regular price ticket all

season when calling the box office directly.


For groups of 10 or more, please call the MCG Jazz box office

at 412-322-0800 for pricing.


Monday – Friday; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Three hours prior to curtain time on concert days.


Subscription Information



Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) would like to thank all our supporters for their generosity. 

The following gifts were given in support of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the William E. Strickland Jr. Building Preservation Fund, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild general fund, and MCG Jazz from January 1, 2022 through August 1, 2022. All 2022 gifts will be recognized in the spring issue of MBC’s newsletter.

To make a contribution or if you have questions, please contact:

Karen Linscott, Senior Director of Development 

412-323-4000 Ext. 264

Mail Inquiries: 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

$250,000 & Above

Allegheny Regional Asset District 

Pittsburgh Cultural Treasures Initiative--a collaborative effort of the Ford Foundation, the POISE Foundation, and the Heinz Endowments

PNC Foundation

Diane D. & Clifford R. Rowe Jr. Charitable Fund of the Fund for Charitable Giving

$100,000 to $249,999

Michael & Kathryn Bryson 

Greg & Ellen Jordan

$50,000 to $99,999  

UPMC Health Plan

$25,000 to $49,999 

Byham Charitable Foundation 

The Giant Eagle Foundation 

Mary A. McDonough

$10,000 to $24,999 

Jim & Suzy Broadhurst

Carolyn Duronio 

Mark & Lynne Frank 

Bill & Nancy Koch

Scott & Sue Lammie 

Robert Levin & Kerry Bron 

Mathieson Family Foundation

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

Opportunity Fund 

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

P.J. Dick Incorporated, Trumbull Corporation & Lindy Paving

Mr. & Mrs. Herb Shear 

William E. & Rose Strickland Jr.

Louis & Kathy Testoni

The Family of Governor Dick Thornburgh  

Arthur P. Ziegler Jr. 

$5,000 to $9,999

African American Directors Forum 

Lisa Arnold

The Bair Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation 

Carnegie Mellon University 

Mr. & Mrs. George Greer 

Eden Hall Foundation 

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield w/ Allegheny Health Network 

Vince Sands Giving Fund at Fidelity Charitable

Samuel & Ann Lutz Zacharias

$1,000 to $4,999

Arimoto Design & Woodworking, Inc.

Robert Barry & Nancy Bromall Barry

Margaret Ritchie Battle Family Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable

The Benevity Community Impact Fund 

John & Cindy Bracken

Brighton Music Center 

The Buhl Foundation 

Covington Investment Advisors, Inc.

CRH Catering Co Inc 

Lisa Yvonne Ferraro

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Finegold

Robert & M. Elise Hyland 

Bill & Maureen Ludwig

Peter Mathieson 

Mary Lou McLaughlin 

Mark & Nikki Nordenberg

Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Reed Jr. 

William Roemer 

James and Louisa Rudolph Philanthropic Fund

JFS Giving Fund at Fidelity Charitable 

Lee & Myrna Silverman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Shields 

W. Keith & Barbara Smith 

Doris Carson Williams 

Alfred & Barbara Wishart Jr.

$500 to $999

Margaret Mathieson Conver 

Mr. & Mrs. William P. Getty III

Phyllis M. Goode Arts and Culture Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

William Morrison 

Brett & Megan Nardi 

Thomas Reiter & Stephanie Dangel

John Sabelhaus 

Dr. Judith Schlesinger 

Schneider Downs Wealth Management 

William Thomas

Mrs. Rita Wadsworth

$100 to $499

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Andrews

Linda Argote & Dennis Epple

The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin & Arthur Baldwin 

B.J. Mack State Farm Insurance

Angelo Baiocchi

Balog/Bonino Family Fund at Fidelity Charitable

Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Bartlett 

Kenneth & Margaret Bell

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Beri

Angela Macci Bires

Fred & Leslie Bonci

Richard Chesnik & Stephanie Valetich

Clarion University Foundation

Richard & Marie Colver

Lin Cook

Elizabeth Crago

Nellie Curran

Bob & Diane DiCola

Scott Dismukes

Jane Downing

Jon & Aileen Drosendahl Family Living Trust at Fidelity Charitable

Darlene Dufalla

Edward Eberle

Michael Everhart

Dan & Nancy Fales

Susan Fineman

Seth and Olja Finn Fund at Renaissance Charitable Foundation

Mrs. Wallis Fisk Katz

Matthew Fraleigh

Theresa Friday

Dr. Richard Frushell

Donna Fullen

Jim & Martha Funderburgh

Michael & Loren Garruto

Michael Goldstein

Roslyn Goorin

Marjorie Greenberger

Arlene Grubbs

Nancy Gruner

Scott Hanley

Dr. Malcolm Harris & Amy Lipshie 

Alan Helgerman

Ray Hookway

John & Ann Iurlano

June James-Hickman

Kenneth & Jean Horoho Donor Advised Fund at Schwab Charitable

Marianne Kovach

Marie Latagliata

Michael & Louise Malakoff

Violet Matteo

Paula McCommons

Norma McGinnis

Barbara Miller

Greg & Thelma Morris

Thad Mosley

Wayne Murphy

Tom & Sally Ondrejko

John & Della Pappas

Vincent Petti & Linda Torres 

Bonnie Rack-Wildner

Mr. & Mrs. Ted & Valerie Roberts Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Robison

Charlie Roche

James Rosenstock & Sarah Larkin 

Mary Scott

Martin & Janet Seltman

Dr. Vernon Simmons

Mr. & Mrs. William Simpson

Dr. Michael Paul & Dr. Jeannette South-Paul

Spring Hill Civic League

Mr. & Mrs. Marlis Stacy

Charles P. Stewart III Fund at Schwab Charitable

Dr. Guy Stofman

Edward Stride

Jeffrey Teasdale

The Robert C. and Gene B. Dickman Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh 

Elizabeth Toor

Randy Tracht & Dr. Anne Shaheen 

Valerie Tuite

Michael Vogel

Ralph Waller

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children

Addison Winterhalter

Ellen Wright

Up to $99

Galina Altman

Amazon Smile


Kenneth Antol

John Augustine

Loretta Barone

Carol & Jim Bilec

Leonard Browdie

Deb Carter-Gordley

J. Keith Cassidy

Deb Chebatoris

Linda Chmelynski

Jean Clickner

Kevin Cooney

Bruce Court

Susan Craig

Joseph Decker & Susan Ardisson

Marlene Elliott

Bob & Gloria Ennis

Donald Eriksen

Michele Fabrizi

Dr. Patricia Flach

Kenneth & Sharon Flisek

Fluor Corporation

Honey Forman

Anita Gallagher

Robert Gold

Elinor Gold

Peter Grice

Lynne Gross

Thomas Guerrieri

David & Kenda Hammer

Pam Handlovitch

Anette Heller

Christopher & Pamela Horwitz

The Honorable Moses Howden & Trisha Howden 

James Hurley

Shelly Irvine

Billy Jackson

Dana Knopp

Kathy Koch

George & Joan Kolonay

Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Lagana

Jill Leahy

Andrew & Connie Liptak

Tom Livingston

Walter Lorence 

Claus Makowka

David Marrangoni & Nancy Lynches 

Ellen Marziale

Melaine Matter

H. Lynwood & Irene McBride

Dennis McCracken

Susan McElhattan

Linda Merriman

Kathleen Mulcahy

Stephen Nardi

Harvey & Esther Nathanson

Saihou & Valerie Njie

Ginny Norkus

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Papke

Dan & Rita Poljak

Ward & Euphemia Powell

Norman C. Radcliffe

John & Marirose Radelet

Judy Ricci

Paul Richards

Jo Ann Riley

Stephen Robinson

Mark Rogers

Barbara Sachnoff Mendlowitz

Joseph Saldutte

Sue Schaefer

Douglas Schwab

Les Shar

Mark & Diane Simon

Beverly Smith

Teresa Smith

Mark & Martha Smolenski

Mark Snyder

Jessica Sperling

Jody Spolar

Judyth Stavans

Marla Stewart

Dan Sweeney

Linda Thomas

Marsha Thomas

Mr. & Mrs. William Thompkins

Robert Thompson

Mary C. Vagley

Joe Vatar

Melvin & Claire Vatz

Carey Vinson

Gertal Warren

Marcia Weiss

David & Patricia Wilson

Dennis & Cheryl Wist

Zachary Wyatt

Mary Wynkoop

In Honor of Marty Ashby 

James Gallery 


In Honor of William E. Strickland Jr.

Margot Fein 


In Memory of Dr. E. Peter Benzing

Susan Hughes 


In Memory of Marilyn Caye

Nancy Hallock & Keith Arbour 


In Memory of Walter Parson

James Sidel


In Memory of Mrs. Yvette M. Pettiford

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise 

Fall 2022 Donor List

Preservation of Hope Society

We are honored to recognize the inaugural members of the Preservation of Hope Society. The members of this group share a commitment to Bill Strickland’s philosophy that “environment shapes behavior” and have made a gift to the William E. Strickland, Jr. Building Preservation Fund of $10,000 or above. 

The Fund supports facility improvements and maintenance to ensure that MBC’s beautiful light, art, and music-filled home will remain an inspiring place of hope for generations to come.


Jim & Suzy Broadhurst

Michael & Kathryn Bryson

Byham Charitable Foundation

Carolyn Duronio

Mark & Lynne Frank

The Giant Eagle Foundation

Greg & Ellen Jordan

Bill & Nancy Koch

Scott & Sue Lammie

Robert Levin & Dr. Kerry Bron

Mathieson Family Foundation

Mary A. McDonough

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

PNC Foundation

Diane D. & Clifford R. Rowe Jr. Charitable Fund of the Fund for Charitable Giving

Mr. & Mrs. Herb Shear

William E. & Rose Strickland Jr.

Lou & Kathy Testoni

The Family of Governor Dick Thornburgh

Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr.


For more information or to make a contribution to the William E. Strickland Jr. Building Preservation Fund at any level, please contact Karen Linscott, Senior Director of Development at 412-323-4000 Ext. 264 or via e-mail:

Legacy of Hope Society 


Clancy & Amy Atkinson

E. Peter* & Lizzi* Benzing

Harriet A. Dick*

Gerri Kay*

Mary Keefer

Stephen McClure & Debra Gift

Barbara Miller 

Eleanor B. Slater*

Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr. 



Preservation of Hope Members
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Program Information and FAQs

COVID-19 Safety Policy

As of July 1, 2022, MCG Jazz entry requirements including proof of vaccination and masking will be determined on a per event basis, as set by the artist or presenter. Entry requirements will be provided at as well as outlined in pre-show communications.


This decision was made in response to current CDC and Allegheny County Department of Health recommendations. We will continually monitor CDC, state and local health requirements and adjust as necessary. Individual artists and or productions may have their own health and safety requirements. Updates will be noted on individual event pages and in pre-show emails, if applicable.


• Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

• On performance days the box office opens three hours prior to the earliest performance.

• The box office phone number is 412-322-0800.

• Tickets are available online at


Please review all ticket purchases carefully before leaving the box office or when your tickets arrive by mail and bring up discrepancies immediately. Review your tickets for seat assignments, concert date, and time.


Ticketholders may return tickets and receive a donation acknowledgement.

Please call the MCG Jazz box office at 412-322-0800 or go to, to complete the form no later than one

business day prior to your scheduled performance.


Ticketholders may exchange tickets prior to the scheduled event for another available

performance within the same series year. To exchange, please send your tickets to the

MCG Jazz box office with your requested concert choice or call 412-322-0800.


Please call the box office to arrange to bring groups to MCG Jazz concerts.

Discounted tickets are provided to groups of 10 or more. Reception space, catering,

and other amenities are available.


Children are always welcome at MCG Jazz, and we invite you to bring yours at any time. All children must have a purchased ticket; student discounts are available for most shows. Please remove disruptive children.


MCG has parking lots in both the front and rear of the building. The front parking is

reserved for MCG Jazz Club members with a parking pass and accessible parking.

The two rear lots are free and open to all other patrons. In the event that the lots are full,

you may park along Metropolitan Street from in front of the concert hall to North

Franklin Street.


• Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of your concert.

Latecomers will be seated at the first convenient pause in the program.

• House management and ushers will not open the doors after the lights are

dimmed or during the artist’s performance. Management accepts no responsibility

for this inconvenience.


• Recording devices are not permitted in the concert hall.

• Please silence cell phones and put away all electronic devices before the start

of the concert.


Wheelchair seating is available and can be requested when buying tickets. If you have any other needs, please bring them to the attention of the box office when purchasing tickets or to an usher upon arrival at the concert hall. Assisted listening devise are

available at the box office.


Restrooms are located just beyond the Connie Kerr Gallery.


Please call the box office at 412-322-0800 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a drug, smoke, and tobacco-free facility.


Concealed weapons are not permitted on the property.


MCG Jazz does not enforce any type of dress code. Many patrons dress “business

casual” or “evening casual,” but please wear whatever makes you most comfortable.


The concert hall fire exit is located at the front right-hand side. If the fire alarm is

activated, please follow the directions of MCG staff and ushers to safely leave the hall.


• If you need assistance with finding transportation, an usher or staff member would be happy to help you.

• Cab, ride share, and ACCESS service will pick up and let off directly in front of the concert hall entrance.

Program Information and FAQs
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