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Opening night of 13th annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featured the music of Nigel Hall and Madison McFerrin

Nigel Hall
Janis Burley Wilson/Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival/David Roth
Nigel Hall

The first night of the 13th annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival got off to a powerful start with performances from Nigel Hall and Madison McFerrin at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

Nigel Hall on opening night of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Janis Burley Wilson/Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Nigel Hall on opening night of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Throughout his career, Nigel Hall has established a foundation of funk, onstage and in the studio, proving himself to be a true student of the music. His unique sound, built upon pages torn out of the golden-ages of R&B, funk and soul, have made him the musician he is today; an accomplished vocalist, keyboardist, studio musician and member of the Grammy-nominated funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-experimental titans Lettuce.

It was especially nice to hear emotional songs from Madison McFerrin's debut album "I Hope You Can Forgive Me" and get a chance to say hello after her set.

Madison McFerrin poses with WBGO's Doug Doyle after her set on the opening night of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Doug Doyle
Madison McFerrin poses with WBGO's Doug Doyle after her set on the opening night of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

McFerrin produced the majority of the album herself. It features contributions from her father, Bobby McFerrin, as well as the 2022 single “Stay Away (From Me).”

Madison McFerrin signed her debut album for fans who came to watch her opening night performance at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Doug Doyle
Madison McFerrin signed her debut album for fans who came to watch her opening night performance at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Ledisi is the headliner tonight at the Cultural Center. You can hear my entire interview with Ledisi here.

Saturday and Sunday's lineup is at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.