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Performance Dates
July 28, 2022 4:30 PM
Highmark Theatre


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Part of our Inside/Outside Summer Concert Series, join us at the Highmark Theatre opening onto the Forbes Avenue Plaza for an evening of drinks and mingling all while enjoying music curated by MCG Jazz.

Master Pittsburgh drummer brings his all-star group to the Playhouse with special guest Carolyn Perteete. Johnson adapts comfortably to a variety of genres. He began his musical journey playing drums at five years old. His father, Dr. James Johnson Jr., a well-known pianist and educator sparked his passion for music. Later mentored by the great Roger Humphries, this laid the foundation for a stellar career including performing as a regularity Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal. Johnson’s collaborator for this performance and in life, vocalist Carolyn Perteete, will perform new music released over the past two years. 

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About MCG Jazz 
MCG Jazz is a social enterprise of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a non-profit arts and learning center in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Through our guiding principles:  environment shapes behavior, people are assets and creativity fuels enterprise, and our mission to preserve, present and promote jazz, we aim to strengthen the Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region. 

The MCG Jazz concert series – one of the longest running subscription-based jazz performance series in the county –has been a safe place for artists to share their art and discuss relevant issues of the time. Our recording label produces distinctive albums from a wide variety of artists, our educational programs serve elementary, middle and high school aged students in urban and rural communities, and our archives of audio/video recordings, photographs, interviews and individual artist collections exists as a model for learning for future generations to help grow the audience for jazz and enhance the artform and its creators. 

For more information, please contact MCG Jazz at 412-322-0800 or visit our web site at 

  • James Johnson III and Carolyn Perteete
  • MCG Jazz presents James Johnson III featuring Carolyn Perteete

    July 28, 2022 4:30 PM