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Jazz Studies

The 43rd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert — under the direction of Geri Allen — was amazing this year! It was made even more special by being a tribute to event founder Nathan Davis.  You can still own a piece of this historic event by purchasing a Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert T-shirt.

October 31, 2013 - 12:00pm

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.

October 24, 2013 - 12:00pm

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.

October 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

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.

Nathan Davis, Professor of Music, Emeritus and founder of the Department of Music’s Jazz Studies Program was awarded the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award.

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.

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