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‘Reminiscing Eminence’ pays tribute to Pitt jazz legend Geri Allen

The Pitt department of music and jazz studies held a virtual seminar and performance this Friday to honor Geri Allen’s life and legacy.
November 9, 2020
Butterflies danced across the screen of the virtual jazz performance, accompanied by colorful bursts of flute and poetic speech in a tribute performance for jazz legend Geri Allen.

‘Jazz Talk’ addresses revolutionary roots of Black music

The second episode of “Jazz Talk,” a video series by Nicole Mitchell Gantt, was livestreamed on the Pitt music department’s YouTube channel Wednesday night as part of the 50th Pitt Jazz Seminar.
November 6, 2020
The second episode of “Jazz Talk” was livestreamed on the music department’s YouTube channel Wednesday night as part of the 50th Pitt Jazz Seminar, in honor of former jazz studies directors Nathan Davis and Geri Allen.

Pitt Jazz Seminar features performances, speakers to honor founding figures

The jazz studies department chose to move this year’s annual Jazz Seminar online due to COVID-19.
November 4, 2020
Geri Allen and Nathan Davis are the focus of a series of performances and talks at this year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the annual Pitt Jazz Seminar.

Review: “Don’t keep your distance” from Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone sings at her virtual concert Saturday night. Screenshot via Cadenza TV
October 25, 2020
Given her extensive history performing, it’s no surprise Lupone gave an amazing show with little more than her voice.

Nissim Black discusses Jewish faith, power of music at virtual event

Nissim Black performed and answered student questions at a Zoom event hosted by Pitt Program Council Thursday night.
October 23, 2020
Black, a self-identified African American Hasidic Jew, delivered live renditions of his songs and discussed his early experiences in the music industry and his exploration of religion.

Review: ‘Glass Animals: Live In The Internet’ tries its best to replace in-person concerts

The Oxford quartet Glass Animals put on a live show through a custom-built livestreaming platform on Thursday.
October 18, 2020
The Oxford quartet Glass Animals attempted to create the experience of a live show through a custom-built livestreaming platform last Thursday.

Arts professionals, students reflect on changing industries

Noah Kotzin, a senior music composition major, faces uncertainty in the workforce after graduation due to the pandemic’s effect on the music industry.
September 29, 2020
With many theater and venue doors closed to the public, students and professionals in the arts industry are having to open doors of their own during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting ‘Rico Nasty’ with Pitt Program Council

Rico Nasty was set to perform last spring at Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
September 13, 2020
PPC knew how important it was for Pitt students to experience “Smack a B----” live and rescheduled Nasty to perform in the University’s first virtual concert and Q&A, which more than 100 Pitt students attended.

‘A waiting game’: Music groups navigate campus COVID-19 restrictions

The Pitt Symphony Orchestra gathered via Zoom on Wednesday for its first rehearsal.
September 1, 2020
Various music groups on campus face a challenging year in terms of access to spaces, equipment and each other’s company due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but many plan to utilize their living spaces and recording technologies to safely create pandemic-era virtual audio experiences for listeners.

Staff Picks: Albums for the commute

Staff writer Anna Ligorio recommends Mac Miller’s album “Circles” to accompany your morning coffee and commute.
August 27, 2020
From bops to bangers, French pop to local rap, these are the best albums to listen to while on the move.
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