Jack McLaughlin is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music educator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His first solo album, The Season, represents a wide range of musical styles, from bosa nova to country rock to acoustic blues. Having studied with renowned jazz guitarist Joe Negri at Duquesne University, he incorporates a strong melodic and harmonic approach to solos in a jazz/blues vein. Much of the rhythm guitar work can be traced to a long and varied musical background, which includes a stint backing up Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love. He has also performed and recorded for Carnival Cruise Lines in addition to playing in the orchestral pit for the musicals Pippin, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
Having a Masters of Music (Theory) from Duquesne University, in addition to being certified in Orff-Schulwerk and Dalcroze eurthymics, has greatly influenced his role as a music educator.
Look for a number of Jack’s choral and instrumental compositions to be released over the upcoming calendar year. His latest project, an original children’s album, “Songs For Kids And Cats,” was released in 2016. As with “The Season,” there were again contributions from rising opera sensation Anna Lahti on the CD!
Among the various venues and events Jack has performed at:
Saturday Light Brigade, Hambone’s Pub, Art All Night, Biddle’s Escape, Acoustic Moose Cafe, Mars Brew House, Spinning Plates Gallery, Carnival Cruise Lines, Java House, Coffee Buddha, Pittsburgh Public Market, Dead Horse Cantina And Music Hall, Penn Hill Coffee House Song Writer’s Showcase, Mckees Rocks Festival, John Anthony’s Restaurant, Gateway Lodge and Woods Spa, Java House, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen, LEAF Mini Golf Fundraiser, West End Light Up Night, Harvest Valley Farm Festival, Carnegie Coffee Company, Keynote Cafe, Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, “Spring Zing” (Baldwin Community United Methodist Church), “Doo Dah Days” (Stephen Foster), Market Square Merchant’s Association Summer Concert Series, Triple B’s Autumn Farm Festival, Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade, Bloomfield Farmer’s Market, Swissvale Farmer’s Market, Tavern 245, Crafthouse Stage and Grill, Pittsburgh Center For Victims Fundraiser (Cefalos), “Career Talk” (KQV radio)
If interested in having Jack perform for an engagement, from original singer/songwriter to jazz/cocktail music, please leave info on the contact page.