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Pitt remembers jazz professor Nathan Davis

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)

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 working the phones for a campaign,” Root, chair of Pitt’s music department, said. “He w...

Pitt jazz professor dies at 81

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

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 program. During his time at Pitt, he founded and directed the University’s annual jazz seminar. He als...

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