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soulBlog: PIJF Reflections, PIJF Vids, Shows of Note for this week

PJIF Reflections, PJIF Vids

In addition to having another great Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, it should be noted that the combined TRAF/PIJF “season” was the best in recent years, if diversity is a yardstick. The City Paper article below sums up why brown music lovers had begun to look past Three Rivers Arts Festival toward PIJF.

With India Arie, Tank & the Bangas, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at TRAF 2019, though, we had a tasty appetizer while waiting for the big meal. The PJIF big meal was huge, this year starting on a Thursday evening with Makaya McCraven’s set in the August Wilson Center informal “Wall of Sound” format:

Harpist Brandee Younger, with Makaya McCraven

Here is some Friday afternoon footage of Butcher Brown with Sean Jones guesting, Roger Humphries’ Art Blakey Tribute, Wolf Trap and Keyon Harrold:

PJIF: Butcher Brown, Humphries, Wolf Trap, Harrold

From the proto-funk trio Labelle, its two biggest stars were in town for separate shows: Patti in a solo performance (she was at an Afro American Music Institute event earlier in the week), and Nona Hendryx in Black Women Rock, a tribute to Pittsburgh’s Betty Davis.

More PJIF to come in the next soulBlog edition.

soulshowmike’s Shows of Note (excluding weekly regulars)

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