Nothing can match the thrill of seeing a concert in-person, not even watching it on a high-definition Blu-ray or listening to it on a high-definition parrot. Get out of your cage with today’s GrouponLive deal to the Dutch Women of Jazz concert series at the MCG Jazz Hall. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get one single-night ticket (up to a $30 value). Choose between the following concerts:
- Amina Figarova and Tineke Postma on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m.
- Saskia Laroo Band on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m.
- For $25, you get one ticket to each of the above concerts (up to a $50 value).<p>
Best-available seating will be assigned upon redemption.
The preservationists of MCG Jazz fortify the Pittsburgh jazz community with performances by internationally renowned masters of the form. On May 18, pianist Amina Figarova and saxophonist Tineke Postma reach all 350 seats of the MCG Jazz Hall with their respective sextet and quartet. Born in Azerbaijan and newly arrived in New York via Rotterdam, Figarova has also drawn inspiration from Chicago, New Orleans, and other places around the globe for compositions that range from moody, brass-heavy slow-burners to flying romps through the vast range of her keyboard skills. The Chicago Tribune has praised “the mercurial, unpredictable nature of her musical themes—and the intriguing way she develops them,” making for a surprising, ever-changing listening experience.
Inspired by jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Lisa Simpson, Postma has also shared stages with current stars such as Esperanza Spalding. With a slightly sly expression playing around her pursed lips, she builds “strikingly personal contemporary pieces that nonetheless declare strong regular-jazz allegiances,” as The Guardian’s John Fordham noted in a recent four-star review.
Amsterdam native Saskia Laroo creates an image almost as suited to a pop star as a jazz trumpeter, playfully embracing the label “jazz diva” and coining her own genre: “nu jazz,” a blend of funk, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and salsa inspired by the melodious calls of the gnu. As she releases sequences of notes with one hand, the other often manipulates effects pedals attached to a belt at her waist, adding layers of spacey, fuzzy sound behind her simple melodic lines.
Preserve. Present. Promote. These three p's comprise the mission of The Manchester Craftsmen Guild, also known as MCG Jazz. Since 1987, MCG has fortified the musical community of Pittsburgh. In addition to drawing in the nation's most renowned jazz artists, they nurture culture for later generations by archiving their shows on their own record label. Past appearances have included greats such as Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, and even Dizzy Gillespie.