PhD in Jazz Studies
The PhD Concentration in Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh produces jazz scholars and academic leaders through rigorous training in jazz research, composition, and performance. The curriculum is both demanding and yet flexible enough to accommodate individual skills and interests, and prepares degree recipients to enter the academic marketplace with the best available preparation for researching, publishing, teaching, and leading programs in Jazz Studies. Jazz Studies combines elements of ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, composition, and theory of various styles of jazz music.
Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed Jazz musician and scholar Dr. Nathan Davis, the University of Pittsburgh has become recognized as one of the premier Jazz programs in the country. Each year Pitt hosts the annual Jazz Seminar and Concert, which showcases the world's foremost jazz performers in a week-long series of free educational seminars culminating in an all-star concert.
Pitt is also home to the University of Pittsburgh-Sonny Rollins International Jazz Archives, which houses important original manuscripts, recordings and related memorabilia. The Jazz Archives also include The International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame, which each year inducts a new Jazz great into the Academy.
The William R. Robinson Recording Studio is the latest addition to the Pitt Jazz family. This state-of-the-art multi-track digital recording facility is both studio and classroom, offering students hands on experience in the latest recording techniques and technology.
Nathan Davis teaches jazz and African American music, and founded the jazz program at the University, as well as the annual Jazz Seminar and Concert. In addition, he directs the Jazz Ensemble, and performs internationally. Davis recently extended his outreach activities to Africa, South America, and the Middle East.