Lineup Set for 39th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar, Concert

Issue Date: 
October 12, 2009
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International jazz greats will convene at the University of Pittsburgh Nov. 3 through Nov. 7 for the 39th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert—the longest-running event of its kind in the country.

Legendary musicians taking part this year include George Cables, piano; Terri Lyne Carrington, drums; Leon Lee Dorsey, Pitt assistant professor of jazz studies and coordinator of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program, bass; Benny Golson, tenor saxophone; Donald Harrison, alto saxophone; Jimmy Owens, trumpet; Yotam Silberstein, guitar; and Lew Soloff, trumpet.

During Jazz Week, the musicians conduct free lecture/demonstrations on the Pitt campus, provide miniclinics at area schools, and visit community centers. A jazz film and a lecture by a jazz historian are also scheduled. At the end of the week, the musicians will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Concert tickets are available by calling ProArtsTickets at 412-394-3353 or visiting Tickets also are on sale at the William Pitt Union box office. Tickets for students with a valid ID are $8 and only available at the WPU box office.

Founded by Nathan Davis, director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program, the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert was the first academic jazz seminar in the country to feature international artists connecting with aspiring students in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. Additional details, including the seminar schedule, will be available in the coming weeks.