University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Ensemble

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.

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.

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