In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the 1st International Congress of Black Writers and Artists, The University of Pittsburgh and the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO will host an event Sept. 21-22 at the University of Paris-La Sorbonne that will include a concert, roundtable discussion, and master classes by legendary jazz artists for students from around the world.
Pitt Professor Nathan Davis, head of Pitt's Jazz Studies Program, will moderate a roundtable discussion Sept. 21 titled "Jazz: From Its Humble Beginnings on the Plantation in the U.S. to a World Music".
"It is very gratifying to see the legacy of the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert extend to Paris," said Pitt Provost James V. Maher. "We strongly believe the University of Pittsburgh is helping to carry out UNESCO's vision of a genuine dialogue based on respect for shared values and individual cultures. The sounds of jazz, born in the United States, have become part of this international language."
"Our plan is to bring more partners to the strengthening of the Pitt Jazz Seminar Outreach Program as an incubator for artistic creativity, a forum for reflection on music in society, and a cultural event that broadens people's participation in a diverse musical life," added the event's executive director, Damien Pwono.