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The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

Wynton Marsalis.

‘One of our cultural jewels’: Pitt hosts 53rd annual Jazz Seminar Week

By Gabriella Garvin, Senior Staff Writer November 10, 2023

Smooth sounds and vivid photographs of jazz music greeted the Pitt community with open arms during Pitt’s 53rd annual Jazz Seminar this past week. The Jazz Studies program — within Pitt’s Department...

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra performs during the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival on Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

‘It’s ours to spread and to make new’: Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival showcases a harmonious fusion of artists at Highmark Stadium

By Nada Abdulaziz, Staff Writer September 18, 2023

As people passed Highmark Stadium on a stroll by the Monongahela River, a soothing and enchanting melody hung in the air –– the unmistakable sound of jazz. The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival...

Alphabet City bookstore on North Avenue in the North Side.

City of Asylum presents ‘Klenicki Meets Monk’ exhibit, concert to address mental health and intergenerational trauma

By Nicholas Simila, Staff Writer January 24, 2023
City of Asylum hosted a concert on Sunday featuring jazz music of the late Thelonious Monk accompanied by the abstract paintings of Norman Klenicki in an exhibit titled “Music, Visual Art, & Mental Health: Klenicki Meets Monk.”
From left, pianist Dave Burrell, flutist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Joshua Abrams and percussionist Hamid Drake play together at Tuesday’s 52nd Annual Jazz Concert in Bellefield Hall Auditorium.

‘Our beautiful night all together’: Pitt presents 52nd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Week, adds Dave Burrell archive to ULS

By Renee Dubaich, Staff Writer November 4, 2022
About 300 people attended the 52nd Annual Jazz Concert on Tuesday night in the Bellefield Hall Auditorium. The concert occurred as part of Pitt Jazz Studies Program's 52nd Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Week, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 5, 2022.
John Matera, a 1975 Pitt graduate and executive director of an upcoming PBS documentary on Ron Carter.

Jazz history class from the ‘70s contributes to premiere of upcoming PBS documentary

By Shreya Singh, Staff Writer September 19, 2022
The personable way in which former Pitt professor Joe Harris taught his Jazz History class in the 1970s inspired the creation of a documentary that tells the story of jazz bassist, Ron Carter, titled “Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes.”
Pitt students selling “freezer pops for people in period poverty,” according to a sign on their booth, at the Pitt Arts Fest on the WPU lawn on Friday.

PittARTS Fest offers students activities, networking opportunities

By Jessica McKenzie, Culture Editor September 11, 2022
PittARTS Fest took place Friday on the WPU lawn, where students enjoyed getting henna tattoos, a caricature artist, free popcorn, t-shirt printing and networking with local arts organizations.
Nathan Davis, former professor in Pitt’s department of music and renowned jazz musician, died April 8 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Image via University of Pittsburgh)

Pitt remembers jazz professor Nathan Davis

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer April 20, 2018

Deane Root can easily recall how often Nathan Davis “worked the phones” to bring jazz studies to higher education. “You know, [like] they talk about members of Congress or lobbyists or other people...

Nathan Davis, former professor in Pitt’s Department of Music and renowned jazz musician, died Monday. (Image via University of Pittsburgh)

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor April 11, 2018

Nathan Davis, a former professor at Pitt’s department of music and renowned jazz musician, died on Sunday from natural causes. He was 81. Davis came to Pitt in 1969 as the director of the jazz studies...

The Naughties perform at Oakland bars twice a month. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Wehner)

The Naughties focus on the fans

The audience at a typical Naughties show can expect anything from bass player Jad Hilal’s usual joke segment to a patriotic onstage reading of the Constitution — backed by red, white and blue stage...

Indie-pop quartet Soda Club performed in chilly temperatures at the Mr. Roboto Project Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Nick Seyler)

Soda Club creates their own genre

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer January 9, 2018

Jarrett Krause opened the doors to his classroom at Beth Shalom Early Learning Center in Squirrel Hill Friday morning. His prekindergarten students drew colorful, scribbly pictures and asked him about...

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