The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble,
founded by Dr. Nathan Davis in 1969, is recognized
internationally as one of the best collegiate Jazz groups
performing today. Under the direction of Dr. Davis, the
ensemble has performed around the globe, garnering critical
praise and providing native audiences with the exciting
sounds of Jazz.
In recent years, the ensemble has performed at
the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, as well as
engagements in Brazil, Trinidad and the Southern United
States. They regularly perform at local schools and civic
centers. Beginning in 1990, the ensemble began a ten year
stint as artists in residence in Jamaica, spending two weeks
each year performing, absorbing Caribbean culture and
building good will and friendships.
Jazz in Concert
Every Spring the Jazz Ensemble plays a concert with famous jazz
artists. Past concerts featured such notable guests as James Moody,
Frank Foster, Donald Byrd, Benny Golson and Larry Coryell.
The ensemble is comprised of dedicated, talented musicians and
vocalists from the University of Pittsburgh. It meets twice a week
for a two-hour class for credit and is not restricted to music majors.
The students are selected from auditions, which are held each year
at the beginning of the fall term. They perform works ranging from
classical to contemporary Jazz.
Band alumnus include the likes of pianists Geri Allen and Vince
Genova, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, Mokoto Kyria (currently a record
producer and performer in Japan), and Dave Detwiler (trumpet player
retired from the Army Blues Band and currently performing in the
Washington, D.C. area.)
If you need more information, please contact:
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Telephone: 412 624-4187
Fax: 412 624-4186