50th Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert: Celebrating Dr. Nathan Davis and Geri Allen


50th jazz seminar

Pitt Jazz Ensemble Tribute to Dr. Nathan Davis  

(Will be posted here on November 2nd)

Monday, November 2nd:

Dr. Nathan Davis: Musician, Innovator, and Educator 

12:00pm EST, Click Here to view stream. 

Panelists: Dr. Aaron J. Johnson (Moderator); Dale Fielder; Dr. James Johnson Jr.; Dr. Alton Merrell; Dr. Kenneth Prouty; and Dr. Doretta Whalen 

Meet the Panel

Wednesday, November 4th:  

Jazz Talk with Nicole Mitchell, Episode 2: Racial Equity in Jazz and Jazz Education 

7:00pm EST Click Here to view stream.

Panelists: Nicole Mitchell (Host); Gail Austin; Ayana Contreras; and Willard Jenkins

Meet the Panel

Thursday, November 5th:

Feed the Fire: A Cyber Symposium in Honor of Geri Allen hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University

9:30am EST to 5:30pm EST

This all-day conference will bring together internationally renowned scholars and performers to discuss Allen's legacy as an artist and educator. The event will coincide with the release of a special issue of Pitt's journal Jazz and Culture, focusing entirely on Allen, slated to be published this fall. A final keynote presentation will feature Angela Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Gina Dent. 

Click Here to access symposium website. Registration is required. 

Friday, November 6th: 

"Reminisicing Eminence" 

7:00pm EST Click Here to view.

International jazz artists Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Vijay Iyer (piano) along with Nicole Mitchell (flute) and Pittsburgh-based Dwayne Dolphin (bass) will discuss the influence of Geri Allen. Following the conversation will be a performance of pre-recorded solos and a collaborated piece inspired by the work of Geri Allen.

Meet the Artists             

Saturday, November 7th:

Pitt Jazz Faculty Showcase

7:00pm EST Click Here to view performance.

Pre-recorded at Pittsburgh Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, small ensembles of Pitt jazz faculty will perform songs, many composed by Dr. Nathan Davis. Musicians include Frank Cunimondo (piano); Sandy Dowe (voice); Ralph Guzzi (trumpet); Dr. Aaron J. Johnson (trombone); Dr. James Johnson Jr. (piano); James Johnson III (drums); Jeff Mangone (bass); Nicole Mitchell (flute); Irene Monteverde (piano); Dr. Kenneth Powell (saxophone); Mark Strickland (guitar); and Dr. Yoko Suzuki (saxophone). 

Special guest appearance by University of Pittsburgh's Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Dr. Kathy Humphrey (voice).                                                                                                                                

Celebrating 50 years of Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Memories

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Jazz Seminar Committee Members

Thank You 

The University of Pittsburgh 50th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert was made possible through funding from the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost and the Office of University Communications.

Special thanks to Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher; Provost Ann E, Cudd; Dean Kathleen Blee; Senior Vice Chancellor Kathy W. Humphrey; University administrators, facutly, and staff; the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music; the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean; Manchester Craftmen's Guild; City of Asylum; WESA and WYEP; and Rainey Dermond for providing graphic design services for the 50th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert.

Sponsored by

W.Y.E.P           city of asylum