University of Pittsburgh
October 13, 1998



Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 -- The University of Pittsburgh celebrates its 28th annual Jazz Seminar and Concert the week of Nov. 2 through 7 with a line-up of internationally renowned jazz greats, free lectures and seminars, the inauguration of an on-campus digital recording studio, a special display of rare items from the International Jazz Hall of Fame and the annual concert at Carnegie Music Hall.

Performers include: Jon Faddis, trumpet; Eddie Henderson, trumpet; Curtis Fuller, trombone; James Moody, saxophone; Hank Crawford, saxophone; George Cables, piano; Abraham Laboriel, bass; Idris Muhammad, drums; Larry Coryell, guitar; special guest Herbie Mann, flute; and Nathan Davis, saxophones. Photos are available by contacting Sharon Blake.

Special on-campus guests this year include four administrators from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which offers the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz masters. Pitt's Nathan Davis heads up the Institute's annual summer education program in Aspen, CO, and serves on the Board of Directors. The Institute members are flying in from the West Coast to observe the Pitt Jazz event in action.

Saturday Concert Details

Musicians will take the Carnegie Music Hall stage on Saturday, Nov. 7 at

8 p.m. to perform arrangements prepared by Nathan Davis. The diverse playing styles and impromptu nature of the gathering -- these musicians have never performed together as an ensemble -- make this a one-of-a-kind performance.

Tickets are $17 for the general public and are available at the William

Pitt Union box office or by calling TicketMaster at 412-323-1919. Tickets are $8.50 for students with a valid Pitt I.D., available at the WPU only.

State Representative Bill Robinson will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. At intermission, two new members of the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame will be inducted. The Pitt International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame Award and the Pitt Jazz Seminar Committee Award will also be presented to two of the evening's performers.

Lecture and Seminar Schedule

(free and open to the public)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Heinz Chapel -- 7 p.m.

The Business of Music

Dave Laing, research fellow at the University of Westminster in London, and senior consultant to the European Music Observatory, will be joined by Professor Kellis Parker from the Columbia University School of Law, in a discussion of musicians' rights and royalties.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Heinz Chapel -- 7 p.m.

The History of Jazz

Speaker is Nat Hentoff, music critic, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and columnist for The Village Voice. Hentoff has written extensively on jazz, politics and education and is widely recognized for his work on civil rights.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Bellefield Hall -- 7 p.m.

Recording Lecture

Dae Bennett, CD producer and son of Tony Bennett, will demonstrate recording techniques at a new digital recording studio on the first floor of Pitt's Bellefield Hall, 315 So. Bellefield Ave.

Friday, Nov. 6

10 - 11:30 a.m. Saxophone Colossus: The Saxophone in Jazz

Hank Crawford and James Moody

1 - 2:30 p.m. World Beat: The Influence of Latin Rhythms in Jazz

Abraham Laboriel

3 - 4:30 p.m. Artistry and Rhythm: A History of Drums in Jazz

Idris Muhammad

Saturday, Nov. 7

10 - 11 a.m. The Magic of Jazz -- Flute as a Solo Instrument

Herbie Mann

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. The World of Brass

Jon Faddis, Curtis Fuller and Eddie Henderson

1 - 2 p.m. Bridging the Gap: From Classical to Jazz

George Cables and Larry Coryell

Special Jazz Exhibit

A highlight of this year's Pitt Jazz event will be a display of rare items and awards on permanent loan to Pitt from the International Jazz Hall of Fame (IJHF). The exhibit will include nearly 30 induction and lifetime achievement awards presented posthumously by the IJHF to the families of Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and many other legendary jazz greats.

The display will also feature Al Grey's trombone, Bobby Hackett's trumpet, Count Basie's cap, an original score of Count Basie's "920 Special," and an original score of Benny Goodman's "Let's Dance."

Community Outreach

More than 200 students of all ages, from Allegheny County Community College, the African-American Music Institute and Pittsburgh Public Schools will be bused to the Pitt campus on Friday and Saturday to attend the musician's seminars. In keeping with tradition, two musicians will also travel to the following schools on Friday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. to hold workshops for students:

Hank Crawford James Moody

The Falk School Pittsburgh High School for the

Aliquippa & Brackenridge Streets Creative & Performing Arts

Oakland 925 Brushton Ave.


Brown Bag Lunches

As excitement builds on campus prior to the event, Brown Bag Lunches featuring musicians from the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will be held on the following three Wednesdays from 12 - 1 p.m. at the William Pitt Union:

Oct. 14 Bigelow Blvd. porch

Oct. 21 Bigelow Blvd. porch

Oct. 28 First floor atrium

Performers' History With Pitt Jazz Seminar

George Cables 1998

Larry Coryell 1998

Hank Crawford 1991, '98

Jon Faddis 1990, '95, '98

Curtis Fuller 1993, '97, '98

Eddie Henderson 1998

Abraham Laboriel 1976, '77, '86, '89, '95, '96, '98

Herbie Mann 1986, '90, '96, '98

James Moody 1972, '73, '81, '95, '98

Idris Muhammad 1979, '80, '83, '88, '89, '92, '95, '98

NOTE: Biographical sketches of all performers are available by contacting Sharon Blake at 412-624-4364.