University of Pittsburgh
October 4, 2007

Pitt Jazz Week 2007 to Feature Lectures, Film, Community Outreach Activities, and Concert

Saxophonist Benny Golson joins lineup of international jazz greats at 37th annual event
Contact: 

Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Jazz enthusiasts from throughout the region will converge on the University of Pittsburgh campus Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 for the 37th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its kind in the United States.

Under the theme "Jazz Meets the World," a stellar group of international jazz musicians will hold free on-campus lecture/demonstrations, visit area schools and community venues, and convene for the annual concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Guest performers include Monty Alexander, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Jon Faddis, trumpet; Peter King, alto sax; Benny Golson, sax; Abraham Laboriel, bass; Idris Muhammad, drums; Claus Reichstaller, trumpet; and Yotam Silberstein, guitar. They will perform under the direction of Nathan Davis, saxophonist, professor of music and head of Pitt's Jazz Studies Program, and founder of the annual event.

Concert Details

The Nov. 3 concert is a one-of-a-kind performance, given the diverse playing styles and show's impromptu nature. Tickets are $18; students with a valid ID pay $8. Tickets are available at any TicketMaster location, by phone at 412-323-1919, online at ticketmaster.com, and at the Pitt William Pitt Union (WPU) box office, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

The Honorable William R. Robinson, a member of Allegheny County Council and former State Representative, will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies. At intermission, two of the musicians will be presented with awards and two other musicians not present (one living and one deceased) will be inducted into the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame.

Brown Bag Lunches

As a preview to Jazz Week and to set the mood on campus, free brown-bag lunches will be held throughout October on the main floor of the WPU. The public is invited to bring its lunch and listen to members of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble on the following dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Lobby, WPU Noon

Monday, Oct. 15 Lower level, WPU 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 Lobby, WPU Noon

Wednesday, Oct. 24 Lobby, WPU Noon

Evening Jazz Film/Lectures

(Free and Open to the Public)

Tuesday, Oct. 30

7 p.m.

Screening: "Straight, No Chaser"

WPU Assembly Room

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Produced by Clint Eastwood, it features live performances by Monk and his band and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius, considered one of the founders of bebop.

Thursday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.

Heinz Memorial Chapel

Fifth and Bellefield Avenues, Oakland

"Inside the Music/Television Business"

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

Morning and Afternoon Lecture/Demonstrations

(Free and Open to the Public)

Friday, Nov. 2

10-11:30 a.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"A Salute to Charlie 'Bird' Parker"

Peter King (alto sax)

1-2:30 p.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"Accent on Strings"

Yotam Silberstein (guitar) and Abraham Laboriel (bass)

3-4 p.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"The Caribbean/Latin Explosion"

Monty Alexander (piano)

Saturday, Nov. 3

10-11:30 a.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"The Jazz Composer in Film"

Benny Golson (tenor sax)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"The Master of New Orleans Rhythm"

Idris Muhammad (drums)

1-2:30 p.m.

WPU Assembly Room

"A Salute to Dizzy, Clifford, and Miles"

Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Claus Reichstaller (trumpet)

Community Outreach Appearances

Friday, Nov. 2

1 p.m.

Falk Laboratory School

Alequippa and Brackenridge Streets, Oakland

Monty Alexander (piano)

1 p.m.

Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts

111 Ninth St., Downtown

Peter King (alto sax)

1 p.m.

Ronald McDonald House

500-512 Shady Ave., Shadyside

Benny Golson (tenor sax)

Saturday, Nov. 3

11 a.m.

The Hill House

1835 Centre Ave., Hill District

Abraham Laboriel (bass)

11 a.m.

Asbury Heights Continuing Care Community

700 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon

Randy Brecker (trumpet)

For more information, call 412-624-4187. Biographical sketches of all performers are available through Sharon Blake.

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