University of Pittsburgh
October 18, 2004

Additional Details Announced for 34th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Nov. 3-6

Contact: 

Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh celebrates its 34th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert Nov. 3-6. Jazz Week will include a lineup of internationally renowned jazz musicians, free on-campus seminars and lectures, appearances in Pittsburgh area schools and other community venues, a free film screening, an exhibition, and the annual concert 8 p.m. Nov 6 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Pre-Jazz Week brown bag lunch concerts will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 in the William Pitt Union.

Jazz Week guest performers include Lew Soloff, trumpet; Oscar Brashear, trumpet; Donald Harrison, alto saxophone; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Mark Whitfield, guitar; Patrice Rushen, piano; George Mraz, bass; and Idris Muhammad, drums. These legendary musicians will perform with and under the direction of saxophonist Nathan Davis, head of Pitt's Jazz Studies Program and founder of the annual event.

CONCERT DETAILS

The Nov. 6 concert will feature arrangements by Davis, and the diverse playing styles and impromptu nature of the gathering will make this a one-of-a-kind performance. Tickets, $18 for general admission and $8 for students with a valid ID, are available at any TicketMaster location, by phone at 412-323-1919, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or at the William Pitt Union box office.

Allegheny County Councilman William R. Robinson will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies. At intermission, Rushen will receive the 2004 Jazz Seminar Committee Award, and two new members of Pitt's International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame will be inducted. The concert and lectures will be recorded, and the audio- and videotapes will be added to the University of Pittsburgh Sonny Rollins Jazz Archives.

LECTURES AND SEMINARS

(Free and Open to the Public)

Nov. 3

William Pitt Union (WPU) Assembly Room

7 p.m. Movie: A Great Day in Harlem

Directed by veteran radio producer Jean Bach, this 1995 documentary is the story behind the famous group photo of 57 jazz musicians on 126th Street in Harlem. The 1958 photo, taken by Art Kane, appeared in Esquire, and represents three generations of jazz history.

Nov. 4

Heinz Chapel

7 p.m. Inside the Music Business: Jazz, Business, and Television

Lecture by Paul Silverthorn, associate producer/director for New Jersey Public Television and former personal manager for Grover Washington, Jr.

Nov. 5

WPU Assembly Room

9-10 a.m. Lecture/demonstration by Donald Harrison (alto sax) and Joe Lovano (tenor sax)

A Tribute to Lester "Prez'"Young

10:30-11:30 a.m. Lecture/demonstration by Lew Soloff (trumpet) and Oscar Brashear (trumpet)

A Special Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

1-2 p.m. Lecture/demonstration by Idris Muhammad (drums)

Rhythmic Explosion: Dedicated to Kenny Clark, Art Blakey, and Max Roach

Nov. 6

WPU Assembly Room

10-11 a.m. Lecture/demonstration by George Mraz (bass) and Marc Whitfield (guitar)

The Rhythm of Jazz: Dedicated to Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Blanton, and Django Reinhardt

11:30 a.m.- Lecture/demonstration by Patrice Rushen (piano)

12:30 p.m. A Tribute to Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans

JAZZ PHOTO EXHIBITION AND DISPLAY

The piano that once belonged to jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Mary Lou Williams will be on display in the WPU Assembly Room, as will photographs of jazz artists taken by freelance photographer Ralph Echols. Some recorded concerts of past years, housed in the University of Pittsburgh Sonny Rollins Jazz Archives at Pitt's Hillman Library, will be available for listening.

BROWN BAG LUNCHES

As a preview to Jazz Week and to set the mood on campus, several student musicians from the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 on the first floor of the WPU.

SCHOOL VISITS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

As they do every year, two guest musicians will travel to Pittsburgh schools to conduct miniclinics for students:

Nov. 5

1 p.m. Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts

111 Ninth St., Downtown

Guest Artist: Lew Soloff

1 p.m. Falk Laboratory School

Allequippa and Brackenridge Streets, Oakland

Guest Artist: Mark Whitfield

Two other musicians will visit Shadyside and Homewood at the following locations:

Nov. 6

11 a.m. Ronald McDonald House Charities

512 Shady Ave.

Guest Artist: Joe Lovano

11 a.m. The Jazz Workshop

Carnegie Library in Homewood Auditorium

7101 Hamilton Ave.

Guest Artist: Donald Harrison

2004 MUSICIANS' PERFORMANCE HISTORY WITH PITT JAZZ

SEMINAR AND CONCERT

OSCAR BRASHEAR 2000, '02, '04

SOLOFF, LEW 1975, '04

HARRISON, DONALD 2004

LOVANO, JOE 2001, '04

WHITFIELD, MARK 2001, '04

RUSHEN, PATRICE 1987, '89, '95, '97, 04

MRAZ, GEORGE 2004

MUHAMMAD, IDRIS 1979, '80, '83, '85, '89, '92, '95, 98, 04

For any additional information about the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, please call the Pitt Jazz Studies Program at 412-624-4187.

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