37th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Promises International Flavor

A dynamic group of international jazz musicians will convene on the Pitt campus for the 37th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its kind in the country. From Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, students, jazz enthusiasts, and the general public will gather for free evening lectures on the business and history of jazz, free lectures and demonstrations by guest musicians, miniclinics for students in area schools, and demonstrations at several community venues. The week of seminars will culminate with the annual concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Jazz luminaries this year are expected to include Monty Alexander, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Jon Faddis, trumpet; Peter King, alto sax; Benny Golson, sax; Abraham Laboriel, bass; Idris Muhammad, drums; Claus Reichstaller, trumpet; and Yotam Silberstein, guitar. They will perform under the direction of Nathan Davis, saxophonist, head of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program, and founder of the annual event. Reichstaller, from Germany, along with King, who is based in London, and Silberstein, a top young Israeli guitarist, will perform in concert Nov. 3 with the other American-based jazz legends, giving the event a particularly global flavor. This year’s lineup reflects Davis’ interest in promoting jazz as a contribution to international culture. Concert tickets are $18; students with a valid ID pay $8. Tickets will be available for purchase in the coming weeks at any TicketMaster location, by phone at 412-323-1919, online at ticketmaster.com, and at the Pitt William Pitt Union box office, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Additional details about seminars, lectures, and outreach activities will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, call 412-624-4187.