University of Pittsburgh
October 13, 1999

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR 29TH ANNUAL PITT JAZZ SEMINAR & CONCERT

Contact: 

Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 -- The University of Pittsburgh celebrates its 29th annual Jazz Seminar & Concert the week of Nov. 2 - 6 with a line-up of internationally renowned jazz greats, free on-campus lectures and seminars, a demonstration of Pitt's digital recording studio, a special photo exhibit, and the annual concert at Carnegie Music Hall on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

Performers include Grover Washington, Jr., saxophone; Ernie Watts, saxophone; James Moody, saxophone; Wallace Roney, trumpet; Mike Mossman, trumpet; Bob Brookmeyer, trombone; Russell Malone, guitar; Kenny Barron, piano; Abraham Laboriel, bass, and Winard Harper, drums, under the direction of Pitt's Jazz Studies Director Nathan Davis, saxophone.

CONCERT DETAILS

Musicians will take the Carnegie Music Hall stage on Saturday, Nov. 6 at

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

Tickets are $17 for the general public and are available at the William Pitt Union (WPU) box office, any TicketMaster location, or by calling 412-323-1919 (www.ticketmaster.com). Student tickets are $8.50 with a valid Pitt ID, available at the WPU only.

State Representative William R. 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 and the Pitt Jazz Seminar Committee Award will be presented to one of the performers.

LECTURES AND SEMINARS

(FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Tuesday, Nov. 2

WPU Assembly Room -- 7 p.m.

"The History of Jazz"

Dan Morgenstern, director, Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies; former editor of the magazines Down Beat, Metronome, and Jazz; author of "Jazz People" (1976) and hundreds of articles and liner notes for which he has won many Grammy Awards.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

Heinz Chapel -- 7 p.m.

"The Business of Jazz"

Williard Jenkins, jazz educator, journalist and arts consultant; founder of Open Sky, an enterprise that encompasses writing, editing, artist management, art organization development, event development and concert production.

Thursday, Nov. 4

William R. Robinson Recording Studio, Bellefield Hall -- 7 p.m.

"Jazz in the Studio"

Dae Bennett, CD producer, studio designer, technician, and son of legendary Tony Bennett, will demonstrate recording techniques at Pitt's digital recording studio, which Bennett helped design. Pitt students who take a class in this studio earn a certificate and produce their own CD.

Friday, Nov. 5

WPU Assembly Room

10 a.m. Saxophone Colossus: The Saxophone in Jazz

Grover Washington, Jr. and James Moody

1 p.m. The Classics Meets the Blues

Kenny Barron and Russell Malone

3 p.m. A Tribute To Miles Davis: The Trumpet in Jazz

Wallace Roney and Mike Mossman

LECTURES AND SEMINARS CONT'D.

Saturday, Nov. 6

WPU Assembly Room

10 a.m. Rhythmic Explosion: From Funk to Swing

Winard Harper and Abraham Laboriel

11:30 a.m. The Artistry of Jazz Composing and Arranging

Bob Brookmeyer

1 p.m. The Studio Musician: The Art of Doubling

Ernie Watts

JAZZ PHOTO EXHIBIT

Nov. 1 - 6

WPU Conney M. Kimbo Gallery

Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

These images, which capture memorable moments of past Pitt jazz seminars, rehearsals and concerts, represent work by the photographers at Pitt's Photographic and Electronic Services. Many are never-seen-before photographs.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Friday, Nov. 5

1 p.m.

In keeping with tradition, two of the guest musicians will travel to the following Pittsburgh schools to hold workshops for students:

Abraham Laboriel Russell Malone

Pittsburgh High School for the The Falk School

Creative and Performing Arts Aliquippa & Brackenridge Sts.

925 Brushton Avenue Oakland

Homewood

BROWN BAG LUNCHES

Wednesday, Oct. 20 Wednesday, Oct. 27

Litchfield Towers, Main Lobby WPU Atrium, first floor

As excitement builds on campus prior to the event, Brown Bag Lunches featuring musicians from the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will be held on the dates listed from 12 - 1:15 p.m.

PERFORMERS' HISTORY WITH PITT JAZZ SEMINAR & CONCERT

Kenny Barron 1980, '83, '91, '99

Bob Brookmeyer 1999

Winard Harper 1997, '99

Abraham Laboriel 1976, '77, '86, '89, '95, 99

Russell Malone 1999

James Moody 1972, '73. '81, '95, '98, '99

Mike Mossman 1987, '91, '99

Wallace Roney 1994, '96, '99

Grover Washington, Jr. 1979, '82, '85, '87, '88, '90, '92, '94, '95, '99

Ernie Watts 1991, '97, '99

Photos and biographical sketches of the performers are available through Sharon Blake at 412-624-4364.

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