Jazz Seminar and Concert

International jazz greats will convene at the University of Pittsburgh Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 for the 49th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the first organized by new Jazz Studies Program Director Nicole Mitchell. “I’m excited for the seminar and concert to offer Pittsburgh audiences a historical meeting of top-flight musicians that represent diverse expressions of creativity,” said Mitchell, the award-winning flutist, composer and educator who joined Pitt this year.

For the first time, the seminar will feature two public concerts—a solo performance by vocalist and pianist Amina Claudine Myers on Friday, Nov. 1, at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, followed by the larger traditional concert Saturday, Nov. 2 at Carnegie Music Hall. Pitt Jazz Week will also feature performances by Pitt jazz students, free on-campus artist seminars, two community appearances and a panel discussion.

Guest artists are as follows:

Pitt Jazz Opening Concert
Friday, Nov. 1
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland
Amina Claudine Myers will perform with vocals, on piano and Hammond organ.

Pitt Jazz Collaborative Concert
Saturday, Nov. 2
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland

Marcus Gilmore, drum set; Moor Mother, spoken word/electronics; Roscoe Mitchell, saxophones/percussion; Jason Moran, piano; Rufus Reid, bass, under the direction of Nicole Mitchell, flutes/electronics.

Concert tickets may be purchased by calling the Pitt Stages box office at 412-624-PLAY, online at www.music.pitt.edu/events/tickets or at the box office on the 16th floor of Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, which is open noon – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The theme of this year’s concert is At the Edge of Beauty: Performing Creative Resistance. Through the workshops and concerts, the artists will address a wide spectrum of issues related to jazz and creativity, with rich connections to race, culture, inclusion and social justice.

Mitchell described the theme as follows: “For example, Moor Mother is a young activist and poet from Philadelphia who represents a new generation of jazz artists inspiring social change. National Endowment for the Arts 2020 Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell is a first-generation member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Black arts collective that has been innovating contemporary music for over 50 years. MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran will expound upon the great creativity of jazz legend Thelonious Monk.”

She added: “At Homewood’s Carnegie Library, Amina Claudine Meyers will engage with members of the gospel music community at her workshop. Rufus Reid will share his journey through many important styles of jazz. And Marcus Gilmore will work with young drummers at the Afro-American Music Institute.”


See the Complete Jazz Seminar Schedule


If you would like more information, please contact:

Jazz Studies
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Telephone: 412 624-4187
Fax: 412 624-4186
Email:  pittjazz@pitt.edu