University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Seminar and Concert

Born September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, John Coltrane was always surrounded by music. His father played several instruments sparking Coltrane’s study of E-flat horn and clarinet. 

October 10, 2013 - 1:00pm

Whet your appetite for the 43rd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert! Join us Thursdays in October for the annual Brown Bag Lunch concerts performed by members of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble. Bring a bite to eat to Nordy’s (in the basement of the William Pitt Union) to get in the mood for all that is jazz. The Brown Bag Lunch concerts take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Excitement is building about the 43rd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert! One of our guest artists will be the fabulous jazz singer, composer, and arranger Carmen Lundy!

Ernie Watts

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen (MA 1982, ethnomusicology) has stepped in as Director of Pitt’s Jazz Seminar and Concert, now in its 43rd year. Allen is continuing the legacy of Professor of Music Emeritus Nathan Davis, the founder and former director of the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, who retired this summer.

Nicholas Amoscato, a Dietrich School senior double-majoring in music and computer science, has been chosen as the 2013 University of Pittsburgh/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholar. Amoscato, a native of Wexford, Pennsylvania, was selected to receive the $5,000 scholarship by a panel of jazz musicians and educators based on his advanced performance abilities.

November 2, 2013 - 8:00pm

The University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert culminates on Saturday, November 2nd with a gala concert in Carnegie Music Hall.

November 3, 2012 - 8:00pm

Another line-up of international jazz greats is in place for the 42nd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, which runs Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

November 5, 2011 - 8:00pm

The 41st Annual Jazz Seminar Concert features Geri Allen, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Maurice Brown, trumpet; Billy Cobham, drums; Larry Coryell, guitar; Quamon Fowler, tenor saxophone; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Donald Harrison, Jr., alto saxophone; and Abe Laboriel, bass.

November 6, 2010 - 8:00pm

Tickets in advance through ProArtsTickets: $18 general admission, $8 for students with a valid ID. Visit www.proartstickets.org call 412-394-3353

Student tickets: available at the William Pitt Union (WPU) box office, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Jazz Week kicks off Monday, October 30, with a noon performance by the Pitt Jazz Ensemble at the William Pitt Union Lower Lounge, followed by evening lectures and seminars by guest musicians and scholars at the Frick Fine Arts Building on Schenley Drive throughout the week.

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