University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Ensemble

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.

Iyanna Boatwright-Buffaloe is a University of Pittsburgh sophomore, a trombonist with an affinity for New Orleans-style jazz, and the recipient of the 2015 Pitt-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship.

November 19, 2015 - 8:00pm

The Pitt Jazz Ensemble's fall concert will feature music of classic jazz composers including Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Oliver Nelson & Charles Mingus. You'll hear some new arrangements of jazz standards by these legendary composers, all performed by our talented University of Pittsburgh students.

The Application for the 2015-2016 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 1, 2015 - 8:00pm

Faculty and Students perform Billy Strayhorn Songs and other expressions inspired by the great man and his music.

November 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ralph Guzzi and Pitt's Jazz Ensemble will perform as special guests on a program hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. Under the direction of Eric DeFade, The CMU Jazz Orchestra will perform music made famous by modern big bands - Thad Jones, Woody Herman and more. The highlight of the concert promises to be a high energy rendition of Chick Corea's latin music classic La Fiesta.

April 16, 2015 - 8:00pm

We are proud to present an evening with the Pitt Jazz Ensemble featuring Master Drummer Carl Allen and Pittsburgh's own Jazz Master Dwayne Dolphin.

March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Pitt Jazz Ensemble hosts the Carnegie Mellon University Jazz Orchestra and bands from Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School and Middle School in a celebration of big band jazz.

UPDATE: The start time for this event has been moved earlier from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.

September 5, 2014 - 5:30pm

Pitt Arts will host its second annual Arts Festival on Friday, September 5 and once again the slate of performers will highlight some of our outstanding Department of Music students.

December 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ralph Guzzi leads the Pitt Jazz Ensemble in big band standards and holiday classics.

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