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Saturday, September 17, 2005

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Lineup for 35th-Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

Profits from concert ticket sales earmarked for hurricane victims

PITTSBURGH — Legendary jazz musicians from around the world will perform and participate in lectures and demonstrations at the University of Pittsburgh Nov. 1 - 5 as part of the 35th-Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its kind in the country.

This year's musicians include: Nicholas Payton, trumpet; Charles Tolliver, trumpet; James Spaulding, alto saxophone; James Moody, saxophone; Larry Coryell, guitar; Renee Rosnes, piano; Abraham Laboriel, bass; and Idris Muhammad, drums. They will perform under the direction of Nathan Davis, saxophonist, head of Pitt's Jazz Studies Program, and founder of the annual event.

Davis will be working with the appropriate agencies to designate the profits from the annual event toward Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Both Payton and Muhammad call New Orleans their home.

“I've spoken with both of them [Payton and Muhammad] about my intent to donate the profits from the concert ticket sales to the hurricane victims of that city,” said Davis, noting the strong connection between the Pitt event and the jazz mecca that was largely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent levee breaches Aug. 29 - 30. “We've had a lot of musicians from New Orleans participate in our event over the years,” he added.

During Jazz Week Nov. 1 - 5, the guest artists will conduct free on-campus seminars. As part of the Pitt Jazz outreach initiative, they also will host miniclinics for students at area schools and give free lecture / demonstrations in community venues. Two evening lectures about the music industry also will be part of the campus activities. The week will culminate with a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in Carnegie Music Hall. Reserved seat concert tickets are $18; students with a valid ID pay $8. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale today at any TicketMaster location, by phone at 412-323-1919, online at, and at the box office of Pitt's William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

The Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert was the first academic jazz seminar in the country to feature international artists connecting with aspiring student musicians in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. Additional details, including seminar schedules and background information on the performers, will be available in the coming weeks. For more information, call the Pitt Jazz Studies Program at 412-624-4187 or visit


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