The Mary Pappert School of Music is proud to present the Uptown Jazz Series, thanks, in part, to the generosity of the John R. Mattern Estate. These concerts regularly feature a variety of jazz styles from jazz faculty and visiting artists/ensembles.

Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door and online in advance.

Each year, this series features some sort of common thread. In its first year, UJS consisted of a showcase of the finest jazz performers and groups in Pittsburgh. More recently, the themes have included the history of jazz, retrospective concerts on influential jazz artists, concerts featuring the works of local jazz legends, and last season's "Jazz and..." theme explored the influences that various types of media has had on jazz.

This year, "This and That" provides more of a concert-by-concert theme, each with its own focus. Mike Tomaro and the jazz faculty will showcase our talented student performers, play their own compositions, explore seasonal and video game music, and revisit the music of legendary Pittsburgh jazz musicians.

Upcoming Uptown Jazz Events

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Uptown Jazz Series: This and That - Compositions of Mike Tomaro

Professor Mike Tomaro, Jazz Studies Program Director, is well-known internationally as...

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Uptown Jazz Series: This and That - Jazz Through the Year

Though this concert is occurring on Valentine’s Day, it would be a shame to only...

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Uptown Jazz Series: This and That - Video Game Music

Last season’s final concert contained some video game music. That music was met...

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Mike Tomaro

 
 
Mike Tomaro plays saxophone.

Artistic Director

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA since 1997. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.

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