The 47th Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Concert and Seminar begins Monday October 30 and runs through Saturday Nov 4 with the grand finale concert at Carnegie Music Hall. Each year some of the most significant names in the jazz world gather in Pittsburgh for this event. John Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane will be here with Stefon Harris, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tia Fuller, Victor Lewis, Kenny Davis, Maurice Chestnut,Nicholas Payton, Kassa Overall, and S. Epatha Merkerson. This year the late Director of Jazz Studies at Pitt Geri Allen will be remembered by students and colleagues. Most events are free. Pitt Jazz faculty members Dr. Aaron J Johnson and Dr. Michael Heller remember their colleague and run down some highlights of the festival and seminar. Dr. Johnson is a trombonist who played in last year’s event with funk superstar Fred Wesley. He recorded Songs of Our Fathers not long ago. He wrote the book on jazz radio publishing Jazz and Radio in the United State: Mediation, Genre and Patronage. He shares some secrets of Duke Ellington’s radio show too. Dr. Michael Heller is a Harvard grad specializing in ethnomusicology who recently published The Loft Scene: Improvising New York in the 1970’s.
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