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Sean Jones, Don Aliquo Jr. Headlining National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne

National recording artists Sean Jones (trumpet) and Don Aliquo Jr. (saxophone) will headline the prestigious National Jazz Workshop at Duquesne University from Sunday, July 24, through Friday, July 29.

Duquesne University is again one of just three locations nationwide selected to host the National Jazz Workshop, which is credited with setting the standard of excellence for students, educators and performers who are serious about the American art form of the genre.

"Offering a section of the National Jazz Workshop right here in Pittsburgh not only exposes music lovers of all ages to the jazz idiom, but also showcases 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.

The National Jazz Workshop is hosted by Tomaro and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra at the City Music Center.

Featured clinicians Jones, Aliquo Jr. and Tomaro join other clinicians and faculty such as Roger Humphries (drums) and Mark Koch (guitar) as well as various members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, including Marty Ashby (guitar); Jeff Bush (trombone); Emmett Goods (trombone); Alton Merrell (piano); James Moore (trumpet); Paul Thompson (bass); and Tom Wendt (drums).

"It's going to be a great week of jazz that you won't want to miss," added Tomaro, who also is a professor of jazz studies, jazz saxophone and composition at Duquesne. 

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 and master class series open to the public:

  • Sunday, July 24, The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Sean Jones, 7:30 p.m., Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom. Cost: $15
  • Monday, July 25, The PJO Little Big Band, 7:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom. Cost: $10
  • Tuesday, July 26, Drummer Roger Humphries Master Class - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, School of Music. Cost: $5
  • Tuesday, July 26, Roger Humphries and RH Factor concert - 7:30 p.m., Duquesne University Genesius Theater. Cost: $10
  • Wednesday, July 27, Don Aliquo Jr. Master Class - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, School of Music. Cost: $5
  • Wednesday, July 27, The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra featuring Don Aliquo Jr. - 7:30 p.m., Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom. Cost: $15
  • Thursday, July 28, Max Leake Master Class - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation, School of Music. Cost: $5
  • Thursday, July 28, Max Leake Trio - 7:30 p.m., Duquesne University Genesius Theater. Cost: $10
  • Friday, July 29, the National Jazz Workshop Student Big Bands, 2 p.m., Duquesne University Genesius Theater. Cost: Free.

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

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