49th Annual Jazz Week Starts Next Week

An announcement for the 49th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concerts. The smooth sounds of jazz will flow through Pitt’s campus next week during the 49th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert.

It’s the first Pitt jazz event for Jazz Studies Director Nicole Mitchell, who joined the University this past July. She has booked an interesting array of internationally-known musicians who will join her on stage — Amina Claudine Myers, vocalist and pianist; Marcus Gilmore, drum set; Moor Mother, spoken word/electronics; Roscoe Mitchell, saxophones/percussion; Jason Moran, piano; and Rufus Reid on bass.

For the first time, the seminar will feature two public concerts — a solo performance by Myers on Friday, Nov. 1, at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, followed by a larger traditional concert Saturday, Nov. 2, at Carnegie Music Hall. 

Pitt Jazz Week, which begins Oct. 28, will feature free performances by Pitt jazz students, a presentation by graduate students and a panel discussion. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the guest artists will deliver free lectures on campus and two will conduct community workshops in Homewood. The complete schedule of Jazz Week events is available online.

Concert tickets may be purchased by calling the Pitt Stages box office at 412-624-PLAY, online at or at the box office on the 16th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, which is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.