History of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar

The Jazz Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh was founded by Dr. Nathan Davis, professor in the Music Department, and University officials in 1970. It is designed as a fall lecture and concert series. Each year since then, renowned jazz musicians, critics, and historians are invited to lead seminar sessions for students at the University and those in the local jazz community. These sessions are free and open to the public and deal with topics ranging from entering the music business to practice techniques, composing, arranging, and individual instrument mastery.

The Seminar culminates with a concert involving a number of the musicians, which is held at the 2000 seat Carnegie Music Hall. Funded by grants and various offices within the University of Pittsburgh, the Seminar has attracted dozens of the finest musicians of the modern jazz era. Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Max Roach among many others have made appearances at the Seminar.

The first decade of the Seminar also included a Gospel Night, whereby nationally-known choirs were invited to perform in the community. In later years, however, this has been discontinued to focus primarily on jazz and its national and international manifestations.

Listing of Jazz Lecture & Seminar Participants by Year

Annual Jazz Seminar
April, 1970 Carnegie Music Hall


Art Blakey
Don Byas
Nathan Davis
Bill Hardman
Jymie Merritt

First Annual Jazz Seminar
October 22, 1971 Carnegie Music Hall


David Baker
Donald Byrd
Nathan Davis
Richard Davis
Alan Dawson
Leonard Feather
Roland Hanna
James Moody
Max Roach
Charles Suber
Clark Terry
Ernie Wilkins

Second Annual Jazz Seminar
October 20,1972 Carnegie Music Hall


David Baker
Donald Byrd
William Cole
Nathan Davis
Richard Davis
Leonard Feather
Roland Hanna
Thad Jones
Dan Morganstern
Max Roach
Fela Sowande
Charles Suber
Clifford Thornton

Third Annual Jazz Seminar
October 12,1973 Carnegie Music Hall


David Baker
Jaki Byard
Donald Byrd
Ron Carter
Nathan Davis
Dizzy Gillespie
Elvin Jones
James Moody
Charles Tolliver

Fourth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 4,1974 Carnegie Music Hall


Jaki Byard
Ron Carter
Nathan Davis
Alan Dawson
Jim Hall
Thad Jones
Tom McIntosh
Sonny Rollins
Charles Suber

Fifth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 11, 1975 Carnegie Music Hall

Kenny Burrell
Jaki Byard
Richard Davis
Nathan Davis
Louis Hayes
Joe Henderson
Lew Soloff
Sonny Stitt

Sixth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 23, 1976 Carnegie Music Hall

Nathan Davis
Jimmy Heath
Abraham Laboriel
Terry Pollard
Max Roach
Clark Terry
Jean "Toots" Thielemans

Seventh Annual Jazz Seminar
October 22, 1977 Carnegie Music Hall


Kenny Clarke
Nathan Davis
Dexter Gordon
Abraham Laboriel
Mike Longo
Terry Pollard
Woody Shaw

Eighth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 28, 1978 Carnegie Music Hall


Nathan Davis
Alan Dawson
"Slide" Hampton
Joe Henderson
Terumasa Hino
John Lewis
Larry Ridley
Jean "'Toots" Thielemans

Ninth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 20, 1979 Carnegie Music Hall


Komla Amoaku
Nathan Davis
Richard Davis
"Slide" Hampton
Idris Muhammad
Jimmy Owens
Billy Taylor
Grover Washington, Jr.
Attila Zoller

Tenth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 25, 1980 Carnegie Music Hall


David Baker
Kenny Barron
Donald Byrd
Ron Carter
Nathan Davis
Lee Konitz
Idris Muhammad
Stanley Turrentine

Eleventh Annual Jazz Seminar
October 31, 1981 Carnegie Music Hall


Monty Alexander
Benny Bailey
Nathan Davis
Eddie Gomez
Milt Jackson
James Moody
Freddie Waits

Twelfth Annual Jazz Seminar
October 30, 1982 Carnegie Music Hall


Alex Acuna
Monty Alexander
Nathan Davis
Ted Dunbar
Terumasa Hino
Miroslav Vitous
Grover Washington, Jr.

Thirteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 5, 1983 Carnegie Music Hall


Komla Amoaku
Kenny Barron
Nathan Davis
Eric Gale
Johnny Griffin
Idris Muhammad
Rufus Reid
Woody Shaw

Fourteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 3,1984 Carnegie Music Hall


Ron Carter
Nathan Davis
Peter Erskine
Freddie Hubbard
Emily Remler
Sonny Rollins
Cedar Walton

Fifteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 9,1985 Carnegie Music Hall


Randy Brecker
Nathan Davis
Tommy Flanagan
James Moody
Idris Muhammad
Rufus Reid
John Scofield
Grover Washington, Jr.

Sixteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November
1, 1986 Carnegie Music Hall

Donald Byrd
George Coleman
Nathan Davis
Jon Faddis
Abraham Laboriel
Herbie Mann
Joe Sample
John Scofield
Akira Tana

Seventeenth Annual Jazz Seminar
October
31, 1987 Carnegie Music Hall

Nathan Davis
Ray Drummond
Mike Mossman
Jimmy Owens
Patrice Rushen
Marvin "Smitty" Smith
Grover Washington, Jr.
Philip Woo

Eighteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November
4,1988 Carnegie Music Hall

Monty Alexander
Terence Blanchard
Billy Cobham
Nathan Davis
Freddie Hubbard
Abraham Laboriel
Grover Washington, Jr.

Nineteenth Annual Jazz Seminar
November
4,1989 Carnegie Music Hall

Benny Bailey
Donald Byrd
Nathan Davis
Johnny Griffin
Abraham Laboriel
Idris Muhammad
Sonny Rollins
Patrice Rushen
Arturo Sandoval

Twentieth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 3,1990 Carnegie Music Hall


Terri Lyne Carrington
Nathan Davis
Ray Drummund
Kevin Eubanks
Jon Faddis
Herbie Mann
Ellis Marsalis
Marcio Montarroyos
Grover Washington, Jr.

Twenty-first Annual Jazz Seminar
November 2,1991 Carnegie Music Hall


Kenny Barron
Ron Carter
Hank Crawford
Nathan Davis
Alan Dawson
Eric Gale
Illinois Jacquet
Mike Mossman
Arturo Sandoval
Ernie Watts

Twenty-second Annual Jazz Seminar
November 14,1992 Carnegie Music Hall


Nathan Davis
Art Farmer
Mulgrew Miller
Idris Muhammad
Jimmy Owens
Miroslav Vitous
Grover Washington, Jr.

Twenty-third Annual Jazz Seminar
November 6,1993 Carnegie Music Hall


Benny Bailey
Randy Brecker
Terri Lyne Carrington
Nathan Davis
Kevin Eubanks
Clare Fischer
Curtis Fuller
Benny Golson
Percy Heath

Twenty-fourth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 5, 1994 Carnegie Music Hall


Geri Allen
Nathan Davis
Ray Drummond
Johnny Griffin
Thelonious Monk, Jr.
Wallace Roney
Clark Terry
Grover Washington, Jr.

Twenty-fifth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 4,1995 Carnegie Music Hall


Randy Brecker
Nathan Davis
Jon Faddis
Abraham Laboriel
James Moody
Idris Muhammad
Patrice Rushen
Grover Washington, Jr.

Twenty-sixth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 2,1996 Carnegie Music Hall


Benny Bailey
Nathan Davis
Johnny Griffin
Abraham Laboriel
Herbie Mann
Mulgrew Miller
Thelonious Monk, Jr.
Wallace Roney

Twenty-seventh Annual Jazz Seminar
November 1, 1997 Carnegie Music Hall


Nathan Davis
Ted Dunbar
Curtis Fuller
Winard Harper
Terumasa Hino
Jackie McClean
Jimmy Owens
John Patitucci
Patrice Rushen
Ernie Watts

Twenty-eighth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 7,1998 Carnegie Music Hall


George Cables
Larry Coryell
Hank Crawford
Nathan Davis
Jon Faddis
Curtis Fuller
Eddie Henderson
Abraham Laboriel
Herbie Mann
James Moody
ldris Muhammad

Twenty-ninth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 9,1999 Carnegie Music Hall


Kenny Barron
Bob Brookmeyer
Nathan Davis
Winard Harper
Abraham Laboriel
Russell Malone
James Moody
Mike Mossman
Wallace Roney
Grover Washington, Jr.
Ernie Watts

Thirtieth Annual Jazz Seminar
November 4, 2000 Carnegie Music Hall


Geri Allen
Oscar Brashear
Donald Byrd
Larry Coryell
Hank Crawford
Nathan Davis
Curtis Fuller
Benny Golson
Winard Harper
John Patitucci
Wallace Roney

Thirty-first Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert,
November 3, 2001 Carnegie Music Hall

David Baker
Cecil Bridgewater
Terri Lyne Carrington
Nathan Davis
Jon Faddis
Abraham Laboriel
Kirk Lightsey
Joe Lovano
Charles McPherson
James Moody
Mark Whitfield

Thirty-second Annual Jazz Seminar
November 2, 2002 Carnegie Music Hall

Monty Alexander
Carl Allen
Benny Bailey
Oscar Brashear
Nathan Davis
Curtis Fuller
Benny Golson
Bob Magnusson
Pat Martino
Bobby Watson

If you need more information, please contact:

Jazz Studies
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
USA

Telephone: 412 624-4187
Fax: 412 624-4186
Email:  pittjazz@pitt.edu