Jazz Studies

George Lewis in Residence

The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Program in the Department of Music and Music on the Edge are pleased to welcome George Lewis as our Artist in Residence for a week of events as part of the university's Year of the Humanities, with support from the Humanities Center, College of Arts and Sciences, A&S Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, and Yamaha Pianos. George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, where he is head of the Music Composition Area and a member of the faculty in Historical Musicology.

Allen Receives Grammy Nod

Director of Jazz Studies Geri Allen will join a wide array of musical luminaries on February 15th for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. According to the University Times,

"Allen is a nominee in the Best Historical Album category for her role coproducing The Complete Concert by the Sea, a digitally remastered and expanded version of jazz pianist Erroll Garner’s 1956 live album Concert by the Sea."

Complete Jazz Seminar Schedule Announced

The University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert—one of the region's premier jazz events—will run November 2–7 and feature free lunchtime concerts, a jazz film screening, free on-campus seminars, and an outreach event in the Hill District, culminating Nov. 7 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Under the direction of renowned pianist, composer, and Pitt Jazz Studies Program Director Geri Allen, the following artists are expected to participate:

Jazz Seminar Concert One of 2014 Top Ten

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette selected the 44th Annual Jazz Seminar Concert as one of the City’s top-ten Jazz events of the 2014. Led by Director of Jazz Studies Geri Allen, the all-star ensemble dazzled a packed house and critics as well. According to the P-G,

"This was dominated by the ladies, with participation from the entire ACS Trio -- pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spaulding. The Howard University vocal ensemble Afro Blue stole the show at the end."