University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Studies

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Updated: Stream the entire Marylou Williams Cyber Symposium video here!

December 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

Students from the small ensemble jazz class, led by Yoko Suzuki, perform a variety of jazz standards for the public.

The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert is open to Pitt students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will take place on March 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Bellefield Hall. Scores are due on February 1, 2018. Visit for complete submission guidelines.

Jazz Studies PhD candidate Ben Barson’s music and research was recently highlighted in an interview with the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Barson is a composer, bari sax virtuoso, and scholar whose research focuses on stories of “resistance and self-determination.”

Dear members of the University of Pittsburgh community,
Our beloved Geri A. Allen, Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, passed away June 27, 2017 after a year-long battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by family and life-long friends.

September 18, 2017 - 8:00pm

Come hear Pitt's talented jazz musicians in this free jam session at Nordy's!

Faculty members Mathew Rosenblum and Michael Heller will each participate in interdisciplinary presentations by the Department of English during the month of September.

September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

Members of the University of Pittsburgh community and the general public will gather to remember the late Geri Allen, former director of the Pitt Jazz Studies program, at a memorial service on September 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Heinz Chapel on South Bellefield Avenue, Oakland.

Allen passed away June 27 following a battle with cancer. She was 60.

November 4, 2017 - 7:30pm

The 47th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert will be a tribute to the late Geri Allen, former director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies program, who passed away June 27, 2017. Please join us for this celebration of the life and legacy of this jazz luminary.

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