PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh International Airport will serve as a jazz club for pop-up concerts in the month of June leading up to the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) presented by Citizens Bank, June 16-18, 2017 in downtown’s Cultural District.

The PJLIF attracts musicians and music lovers from around the world, so the collaboration with the Pittsburgh International Airport is a natural partnership.  “As the foyer for our great city and region, we’re excited to welcome these internationally-renowned musicians with the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival to perform at the airport for travelers and employees,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis. “We’re gearing up for new international flights and more visitors to Pittsburgh this summer, and what better way to showcase all the wonderful arts and cultural events that our region has to offer than by presenting them from the moment passengers arrive.”

Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement is also the director of the PJLIF, “Jazz is the most democratic and inclusive art form, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust takes great pride in the diversity of our audiences and variety in the music we present every year.  Having jazz welcome people to Pittsburgh when they arrive at the airport sets a festive tone for our visitors.”

Travelers and other jazz lovers that attend the concerts will receive souvenirs and a chance to win tickets on SPIRIT AIRLINES.  Chantell Ghosh, Director of Brand and Corporate Responsibility, hopes that people will learn about all the new direct flights to and from Pittsburgh on SPIRIT AIRLINES.  “At Spirit we are very focused on bringing people together – both through our low fares and through the power of music. We do this through our “Give & Go” program which allows musicians to take advantage of opportunities to tour that they might not otherwise have and through supporting innovative music events that give artists the spotlight. As a presenting sponsor of Pittsburgh Jazzlive we are thrilled to bring the sounds of the festival to the airport.”

The airport performance schedule is as follows:

  • June 9 TRAVLIN’ with vocalist Tania Grubbs
  • June 14 Pianist CLIFFORD BARNES plays
  • June 15 Brazilian vocalist KENIA

The series culminates with British singer, LAURA MVULA live at the August Wilson Center, ticketed event, at 8pm on June 15 th . For tickets and information, visit or call 412-456-6666.

All airport performances are open to the public and will take place in Baggage Claim, Landside Terminal from 4:00-7:00 pm. Parking is free for 1 hour in Extended Parking and $2 for the second hour. After two hours, the normal rate of $8 per day goes into effect. Parking is also available in Long Term for $3 per hour, and in Short Term for $1 for the first hour and $4.00 for each additional hour.

About the Pittsburgh JazzLIve International Festival
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, in its seventh year, attracts music lovers from around the world for jazz and jazz-influenced music performed by internationally-renowned artists.  This year, headliners include David Sanborn, Angelique Kidjo, Roy Ayers, and Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The performances take place at the August Wilson Center and on outdoor stages in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information on all of the performances and events, visit or call 412-456-6666.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $140.1 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.

Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at .

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit .

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