University of Pittsburgh

Jazz Studies

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an extensive profile of PhD candidate Nathan Frink and his transcription and performance of music by Ornette Coleman. The performance of Coleman's music (happening tonight) is an outgrowth of Frink's 2012 MA thesis.

January 31, 2014 - 8:00pm

Jazz Studies doctoral candidate Nathan Frink will present a series of free jazz compositions transcribed from Ornette Coleman’s records issued between 1971-1973.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ranked this year's Jazz Seminar Concert one of the year's best jazz events in its annual "Best of…" issue. According to the P-G,

Joe Negri, private instructor in jazz guitar, received a 2013 ASCAP Plus award to be distributed in 2014. ASCAP (the American Society of Composers and Performers) licenses the music of a wide variety of artists from chart topping pop stars to contemporary classical composers.

Jazz pianist Jim Holman (BA 2010) has made a place for himself in Chicago’s jazz scene since his undergraduate days at Pitt. Holman performs regularly at venues such as the Green Mill and the Jazz Showcase, collaborating with outstanding artists like tenor sax man Frank Catalano and multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan.

December 2, 2013 - 8:00pm

Students in the Jazz Arranging class will give a public performance of their arrangements on Monday, December 2. The performance will feature a jazz combo comprising Nick Amoscato (tenor sax), John Bagnato (guitar), Chris Capizzi (piano), and Yoko Suzuki (alto sax and course instructor).

The Department of Music’s History of Jazz course has been selected “Best Class” by readers of The Pitt News in the campus paper’s annual “Best of…” issue.

November 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

The next Thursday Noon Recital features pianist Ben Clifton performing his original composition, Devotion.

Full Program

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.

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