Jazz Studies

Nathan Davis Receives BNY Mellon Living Legacy Award

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.

“The award, which honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education, was presented to Davis in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday on Oct. 5.”

Geri Allen Continues Davis’ Legacy

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. In January, Allen will join the faculty of the Department of Music as an associate professor and assume leadership of the Department’s program in Jazz Studies.

Nicholas Amoscato Named Pitt-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholar

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. He performs on tenor sax as a member the Pitt Jazz Ensemble and as part of smaller combos organized through the Jazz Ensemble.

Young-Soo Kim Performs on NYC Benefit Concert

Jazz studies PhD candidate and guitarist Young-Soo Kim gave a special performance during the winter recess as part of a benefit concert hosted by the Beautiful Foundation USA. Proceeds raised from the event were used to establish an emergency relief fund to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, and to help prepare for future disasters. The concert took place at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City. Along with Kim, the program featured performances by the Sejong Soloists and The Columbia Kingsmen, an all male a cappella group.

Media Roundup for Jazz Seminar and Concert, Feldman Symposium and Mini-festival, and Sweeney Todd

Music at Pitt is starting November off in a big way and local media have taken notice. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published previews of the Jazz Seminar and Concert and Sweeney Todd, while the City Paper conducted extensive interviews with Jan and Amy Williams in anticipation of the Morton Feldman Symposium and Mini-Festival.

41st Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert

Internationally renowned jazz greats, including Pitt alumnus and pianist Geri Allen (A&S ’83G), will convene at the University of Pittsburgh Nov. 3–5 for the 41st annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert. The first academic jazz event of its kind in the country, Pitt’s Jazz Seminar features international artists connecting with an audience in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble.