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Fall Arts: Jazz continues to have a role in Pittsburgh scene

| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Gypsy-jazz specialist Dorado Schmitt
Gypsy-jazz specialist Dorado Schmitt

Jazz maintains its role in the area arts scene even when it has to deal with shocking changes.

The staff at the University of Pittsburgh is showing that resolve by keeping its famous jazz seminar and concert on the schedule even after the sudden death of Geri Allen, its director of jazz studies.

Allen died of cancer June 27. The university has yet to replace her, but the seminar will begin Oct. 30 and finish with a concert on Nov. 4 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

The guests for the event still are being arranged, but the lineup always creates one of the area's best jazz events.

Details: 412-624-4187 or

Other jazz programs

• Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on the North Side will provide its 31st season of music. Music begins Sept. 22 with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and also includes guitarist Earl Klugh (Oct. 27), gypsy-jazz specialist Dorado Schmitt (Nov. 18), and showman Ben Vereen (Feb. 9-10, 2018). Details: 412-322-0800 or

• The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers free, happy hour music every Tuesday. Concerts feature the range of musicians and styles at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Downtown, in the autumn, winter and spring. The trust also is bringing in contemporary saxophonist Boney James on Oct. 15 at the Byham Theater and the vocal group Straight No Chaser on Dec. 12-12 at the Benedum Center. Details: 412-456-6666 or

• James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy is the site for two weekly jam sessions that are great for listening – or participating. Drummer Roger Humphries, one of the great mentors of the genre leads his session at 8 p.m. every Thursday. Saxophonist Tony Campbell offers 5 p.m. Saturday sessions. Details: 412-904-3335 or

Bob Karlovits is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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