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Duquesne University Hosting Prestigious National Jazz Workshop

Duquesne University is one of just three locations nationwide selected to host the prestigious National Jazz Workshop.

Credited with setting the standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about the American art form of the genre, the National Jazz Workshop will be held at Duquesne University from Sunday, July 26, through Friday, July 31.

"We are all very excited to partner with the National Jazz Workshop. Offering a section of their workshops right here in Pittsburgh will not only expose music lovers of all ages to the jazz idiom, but also showcase the incredible amount of talent we have locally," said Workshop Director Mike Tomaro, who is director of jazz studies at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music. "It's going to be a great week of jazz that you don't want to miss."

The National Jazz Workshop will be hosted by Tomaro, along with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra at the City Music Center.

Sean Jones and Joe Negri will be in attendance as guest clinicians and performers. Other faculty include various members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, including Marty Ashby, guitar; Jeffrey Bush, trombone; Alton Merrell, piano; James Moore, trumpet; Paul Thompson, bass; and Tom Wendt, drums.

The workshop curriculum offers both performance and non-performance options for arranging, studio recording, performance and observation tracks. There will be multiple big bands with daily rehearsals and master classes on a wide variety of topics.

The National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University will also feature an outstanding concert series open to the public:

  • Sunday, July 26, The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Joe Negri, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $15
  • Monday, July 27, The PJO Little Big Band, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $10
  • Tuesday, July 28, The Joe Negri Trio Concert and Master Class - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, School of Music. Cost: $5
  • Tuesday, July 28, Salsamba, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $10
  • Wednesday, July 29, The Sean Jones Quartet Concert and Master Class - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, School of Music. Cost: $5
  • Wednesday, July 29, The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Sean Jones, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $15
  • Thursday, July 30, The Firm Roots, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $10
  • Friday, July 31, the National Jazz Workshop Student Big Bands, 2 p.m., Africa Room, Duquesne Union. Cost: Free.

For more information and to register for the National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University, visit http://www.cmcpgh.org/njw/ or call 412.396.5872.

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