Jazz Studies

Jazz Seminar T-shirts On Sale

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.

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.