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!

The University of Pittsburgh’s Jazz Studies Program in collaboration with the University of Illinois Press seek research articles for Issue No. 2 of Jazz and Culture.

March 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert will feature original compositions by Pitt faculty, students, staff, and alumni. All works will be performed by the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.

February 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Pitt’s Jazz Ensemble hosts the Annual Big Band Festival, bands from local middle and high schools along with ensembles from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. This year’s festival will feature adjudication by internationally acclaimed composer, conductor, and bassist Noriko Ueda.

PhD candidate Ben Barson is one of 15 recipients of the 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has made the awards since 2002 to encourage jazz composers under the age of 30. Barson received an award for his composition Insurrealista which he describes as an,

In the 1970s an avant-garde jazz scene flourished in the lofts of lower Manhattan. Yet this energetic era had not been extensively documented until the recent publication of Pitt jazz studies professor Michael C. Heller’s Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s (University of California Press).

January 31, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Department of Music will host jazz clinics and performances presented by James Johnson III (drums), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Dan Wilson (guitar), and Ivan Taylor (bass). The guest artists will will give two short performances and conduct clinics with members of Pitt's Jazz Ensemble and Small Jazz Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.
April 19, 2018 - 8:00pm

Pitt's Jazz Ensemble, led by Ralph Guzzi, performs classic and contemporary big band repertoire.

Tickets at the door only. General admission is $10; student admission is $5.

The Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from candidates with exceptional ability for an expected endowed chair to serve as Director of Jazz Studies beginning September 1, 2018, pending budgetary approval. The appointment will be made at the level of Associate Professor or higher, with tenure.

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