University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Ensemble

November 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

Join Pitt's Jazz Ensemble for classic and contemporary favorites for Big Band.

March 18, 2017 - 3:30pm

Pitt Jazz Ensemble hosts bands from Falk and CAPA Middle Schools and West Virginia University. Guest adjudicator Ellen Rowe will perform with Pitt's Faculty Jazz Sextet and lead the Pitt Jazz Ensemble in two of her own compositions.

April 20, 2017 - 8:00pm

Pitt Jazz Ensemble's annual spring concert will feature guest artist Dr. Kenny Powell on saxophone and flute with music by Ralp Guzzi, Ellen Rowe, Charles Mingus and more.

Tickets: general admission, $10; students, $5. Tickets available at the door (cash only).

Auditions will be held for Department of Music student ensembles beginning Monday, August 29. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encourgaged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific audition requirements for each of our groups.

November 17, 2016 - 8:00pm

The Pitt Jazz Ensemble presents music celebrating the centennial anniversary of famed arranger and Pittsburgh native Billy May. The program will feature Pitt student performer Kelsey Hillock singing some of May's arrangements for Ella Fitzgerald. The performance will also include music of Charles Mingus, Harold Mabern, Gordon Goodwin, Joe Zawinul, Sammy Nestico and others.

The Application for the 2016–17 University of Pittsburgh/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship is now available for download in pdf format. Download the Scholarship Application. You may also obtain a copy in person, by phone, or by writing to the following address:

University of Pittsburgh
Jazz Scholarship

April 20, 2016 - 8:00pm

Please note the change in date from our earlier print publications. The concert date was changed from April 21 to April 20.

The Pitt Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert will feature guest vocalist and Pitt jazz voice instructor Sandy Dowe. The program will include jazz classics by Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and much more.

March 19, 2016 - 5:00pm

Pitt's Jazz Ensemble hosts outstanding big bands from CAPA Middle and High Schools, Upper St. Clair High School, Carnegie Mellon University, and West Virginia University.


November 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

What better way to kick off Jazz Week than the Pitt Jazz Ensemble in a free concert at the William Pitt Union? Ralgh Guzzi leads the ensemble in a program of jazz standards inlcuding music by Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn and Errol Garner.

The University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert—one of the region's premier jazz events—will run November 2–7 and feature free lunchtime concerts, a jazz film screening, free on-campus seminars, and an outreach event in the Hill District, culminating Nov. 7 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

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