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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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Dianne Reeves with Romero Lubambo
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Brandee Younger

As a solo artist and as a collaborator with jazz giants from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, for over three decades GRAMMY Award Winning Panamanian Pianist-Composer Danilo Perez has been lauded as one of the most creative forces in contemporary music. With Jazz as the anchoring foundation, Perez’s Global Jazz music is a blend of Panamanian roots, Latin American folk music, West African rhythms, European impressionism–promoting music as a borderless and multidimensional bridge between all people. Since 1993 Pérez has released twelve albums which have earned him critical acclaim, and numerous accolades around the world. He is a recipient of the United States Fellowship 2018, and the 2009 Smithsonian Legacy Award. For nearly two decades, Pérez has been part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, alongside bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. This latest iteration from Shorter has been known as a unique and predominant force in improvisational music both at their historic live performances and on several recordings. In 2018 Blue Note records released the highly anticipated EMANON from the Wayne Shorter Quartet which won a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental album in 2019.

Change and uncertainty in the social landscape can create misconception and cause division. Music can serve as a natural remedy to unfortunate situations, providing an uplifting message, connection and common ground. Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers project advances a mission which is wholly relevant today. When discussing the healing properties of music, the Panamanian jazz pianist, humanitarian and educator speaks of “recovering the function of the artist as a tool to redirect humanity in a positive direction.” The Global Messengers came to fruition through the culture and experiences of Pérez’s musical colleagues from all over the world, using their talents to make an impression through beautiful melodies and strikingly syncopated rhythms. His album Crisálida and live performances have a rare ability to take an audience to experience the ancient practice of building community through music.

Inspiring young players to believe that they can positively affect their communities as they learn their craft, Pérez serves as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Danilo Pérez's Global Messengers
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With her new Verve Records debut, Linger Awhile, 22-year-old Samara Joy makes her case to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz singing sensation recorded by the venerable label. Her voice, rich and velvety yet precociously refined, has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King, appearances on the TODAY Show and millions of likes on TikTok — cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star. On Linger Awhile, Samara will introduce that massive audience to a slew of classic standards several times older than she is through her timeless, irresistible sound.


Samara is still relatively new to jazz. Growing up in the Bronx, it was music of the past — the music of her parent’s childhoods, as she put it — that she listened to most. She treasures her musical lineage, which stretches back to her grandparents Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, both of whom performed with Philadelphia gospel group the Savettes, and runs through her father, who is a singer, songwriter and producer who toured with gospel artist Andraé Crouch. “Sometimes I catch myself when I’m singing — I'm like, ‘Whoa, that was a dad moment’,” Samara quips. Eventually, she did follow in the family tradition, singing in church and then with the jazz band at Fordham High School for the Arts, with whom she won Best Vocalist at JALC’s Essentially Ellington competition. That led to her enrolling in SUNY Purchase’s jazz studies program, where she fell deeply in love with the music.


Though she’s young, she relishes the process of digging through the music’s history and learning new standards. “I think maybe people connect with the fact that I'm not faking it, that I already feel embedded in it,” Samara says. “Maybe I'm able to reach people in person and on social media because it's real.” The gatekeepers of the jazz world tend to agree: in 2019, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and she’s since performed with legends like Christian McBride and Bill Charlap. Legendary late pianist Barry Harris was a particularly important influence and mentor. “You inspired me as well as many others with this fire for teaching and playing that couldn’t be dimmed by anything or anyone,” Samara writes in Linger Awhile’s liner notes, dedicating the project in part to Harris’ memory.


Samara is accompanied by esteemed veterans on Linger Awhile as well: her former professors, guitarist Pasquale Grasso and drummer Kenny Washington, form the core of the band, which also includes bassist David Wong and pianist Ben Paterson. With ease and a preternatural assurance, Samara swings right alongside them through understated yet powerful renditions of this creative collection of standards. There are burnished, gleaming versions of chestnuts in “Misty,” “Linger Awhile” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” transporting listeners to some romantic, long-lost supper club. Those familiar tunes are listed alongside some more unusual, if equally vintage selections: “Sweet Pumpkin,” a Ronnell Bright tune performed by the likes of Blue Mitchell and Gloria Lynne, and “Can’t Get Out Of This Mood,” which Samara uncovered on a collection of Sarah Vaughan rarities, add a lilting, upbeat bent to the album’s selections.


“When I heard the lyrics, I was like, ‘OK, this is positive — it's not as much about heartbreak,” Samara says of “Mood.” “I liked the way I felt after hearing her singing it, and hopefully I can create the same feeling for people when they hear that song.”


Samara aims for the opposite on a spine-tingling version of “Guess Who I Saw Today,” originally popularized by Nancy Wilson. This gently grieving rendition showcases the young singer’s exceptional control and range, as well as her refined, distinctive style.

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Steve Smith and Vital Inforamation
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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

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Melanie Philbrick

Dorothy Raizman

Suresh Ramanathan

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Myrna & Lee Silverman

John & Andrea P. Spina

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Barb Wollman

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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

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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.


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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, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild general fund, and MCG Jazz from August 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. All 2022 gifts will be recognized in the spring issue of MBC’s newsletter.

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Marguerita Young

In Honor of Marty Ashby  

Glenn & Janice Schneider 


In Honor Amy Constantine Kline

Brian McCall


In Honor of Bill Strickland  

Margaret Ritchie Battle

Angela Duckworth

Phyllis Goode

Alessandra Mayer

Dr. Thomas C. Smitherman & Mrs. Nan Reid Smitherman 


In Honor Matthew Taylor & Family  

The Taylor Family Foundation 


In Memory of Walter Parson

James Siedel


In Memory of Dr. Mervin Stewart

Fred Okie

Fall 2022 Donor List

Preservation of Hope Society

We are honored to welcome 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 special gifts of $10,000 and above to the William E. Strickland, Jr. Building Preservation Fund.


Gifts to this Fund support facility improvements and maintenance to ensure that MBC’s beautiful light, art, and music-filled home will remain a vibrant and inspiring place of hope for generations to come.


Allegheny Foundation

Suzy & Jim Broadhurst

Kathryn & Michael Bryson

Bill & Carolyn Byham

Carolyn D. Duronio

Lynne & Mark Frank

Giant Eagle Foundation

Greg & Ellen Jordan

Nancy & William Koch

Scott & Susan Lammie

Robert Levin & Kerry Bron

Mathieson Family Foundation

Mary A. McDonough

Mark & Nikki Nordenberg

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

PNC Foundation

Bill & Nancy Rackoff

Clifford & Diane Rowe

Herb & Barbara Shear

William E. & Rose Strickland Jr.

Lou & Kathy Testoni

Family of Governor Dick Thornburgh

Anne & Sam Zacharias 

Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr.

For more information or to contribute to the William E. Strickland, Jr. Building Preservation Fund, contact Karen Linscott, Senior Director of Development at 412-323-4000 Ext. 264 or

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. 



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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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