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Jazz Studies

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Updated: Stream the entire Marylou Williams Cyber Symposium video below!

PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh pianist and jazz legend Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) will be the focus of a cyber symposium hosted by the University of Pittsburgh—which will use Internet2 and PittNet to engage musicians and scholars around the country—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 12.

March 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Michael Mackey will defend his doctoral dissertation "From Pittsburgh to the Pershing: Orchestration, Interaction, and Influence in the Early Work of Ahmad Jamal." This event is open to the pubic.

Graduatate Student Danielle Maggio is collaborating with Ryan Arts Center to present "Celebrating Mary Lou Williams: Pittsburgh's Bebop Queen." The event will include a screening of the film Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band with a brief lecture, and performances by Danielle Maggio (vocals), Samuel Okoh-Boateng (piano), Gizelxanath and the Afro Yaqui Vocal Ensemble (perf

April 11, 2017 - 8:00pm

Students in the small ensemble class will perform both jazz standards and their original songs.

March 18, 2017 - 3:30pm

Pitt Jazz Ensemble hosts bands from Falk and CAPA Middle Schools and West Virginia University. Guest adjudicator Ellen Rowe will perform with Pitt's Faculty Jazz Sextet and lead the Pitt Jazz Ensemble in two of her own compositions.

February 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music at Tufts University.

A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in September of 2017.  The scholarship is divided between the fall and spring terms. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of performing ability as demonstrated by an audition video file or CD.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review gives an extensive preview of the 46th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert. According to Trib writier Bob Karlovits,

Jazz Studies doctoral candidate John Bagnato’s presentation at the International Conference of the BluesThe Half Ain’t Never Been Told: Blindness & Blues in the Race Record Evangelists, 1926-1929” was selected as the winner of the third Luther Brown Prize.

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