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October 24, 1996

Jazz Seminar set for Oct. 29-Nov. 2

The Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert will mark its 26th year Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 with an all-star jazz line-up, a jazz photo exhibit, and the traditional on-campus seminars, brown bag lunches and an outreach program for area school children.

Performers will include Herbie Mann, flute; Benny Bailey, trumpet; Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone; Wallace Roney, trumpet; Mulgrew Miller, piano; Abraham Laboriel, bass; T.S. Monk, drums; and Pitt jazz studies director Nathan Davis, saxophones.

The musicians will play together as an ensemble for the first time Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall. They will perform arrangements prepared especially for the concert by Nathan Davis. Former Pitt Provost Donald Henderson will be master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $17 general admission and $8.50 for students with valid Pitt I.D.s and are available at the William Pitt Union box office, at any Ticket/Master location, or by phone through Ticket/Master at 323-1919.

At intermission, the names of the 1996 inductees into the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame will be announced. In addition, Benny Bailey will receive the annual Pitt Jazz Seminar Committee Award for his contributions to furthering the growth of jazz.

The following is the schedule of jazz seminars. All are free and open to the public: Oct. 29, Heinz Chapel 7-8:30 p.m. — "Religion and the Music of Duke Ellington"; the Rev. John Gensel, the "jazz priest" of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City.

Oct. 30, Heinz Chapel 7-8:30 p.m. — "Inside the Music Industry"; Marvin Witofsky, former legal counsel to the CBS Records Group (now Sony Music).

Nov. 1, William Pitt Union Assembly Room 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — T.S. Monk, drums 1-2:30 p.m. — Herbie Mann, flute 3-4:30 p.m. — Benny Baily, trumpet 4:30-6 p.m. — Abraham Laboriel, bass Nov. 2, William Pitt Union Assembly Room 10-11 a.m. — Johnny Griffin, saxophone 11 a.m.-noon — Mulgrew Miller, piano 1-2 p.m. — Wallace Roney, trumpet Three of the musicians will travel to area schools Nov. 1 to conduct mini-seminars for students.

The Pitt Jazz Ensemble has been giving brown bag lunch performances on Wednesdays this month. The final concert in the series will be Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m., in Litchfield Towers C Lobby.

"Live — Jazz at Pitt: The University of Pittsburgh's 25th Silver Anniversary Seminar Concert," a double-CD recording of last year's concert, will be sold in the Carnegie Music Hall lobby the evening of the Nov. 2 concert. The CD also is available for $22.95 at the University Book Center at 4000 Fifth Ave.

Orders also may be placed that evening for The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar Photo Album, a 145-page book of photos interspersed with historical information and anecdotes written by Nathan Davis. The book also is available through the Pitt Alumni Association.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 29 Issue 5

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