Don't miss this indepth look at Geri Allen and the 44th Annual Jazz Seminar in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The final concert is tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall. (Please note: After 5 p.m. on October 31, tickets will only be available at the door the night of the concert.)
An exciting lineup is in place for the 44th annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its kind in the United States. Pitt Jazz Week—which comprises free on-campus seminars, community venue performances, and the Nov. 1 concert at Carnegie Music Hall—will run from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1, 2014.
The Music-GSO (Graduate Student Oranization) sponsors grants for travel to an academic conference to present a composition, paper or a poster. To be eligible you must be enrolled as a graduate music student in the Dietrich School of Arts at the time of your travel. Details and contact information are available on the application. Download the Application.
Berklee College of Music awarded the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music's Geri Allen an honorary doctorate during their 2014 commencement ceremony. Allen was honored along with music education innovator Thara Memory, Rock legend Jimmy Page, and R&B luminary Valerie Simpson.
Updated: Stream the entire Marylou Williams Cyber Symposium video here!
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. Frink described the process of his research for PG writer Manny Theiner.
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,
"…pianist Geri Allen…wasted no time in putting her stamp on the annual event, bringing in vocalist Carmen Lundy and tap dancer Brinae Ali."
Congratulations to Geri Allen and all the performers!
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. The ASCAP Plus Awards are given to artists whose work is judged to be artistically significant by an independent panel of experts without regard to the music’s commercial success.
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.