Traditional Jazz Series


2018-2019 40th SEASON

Jazz is alive and well at UNH!

All general admission tickets are $12.00; student/senior citizen tickets are $10.00.

Tickets available at the PCAC Box Office (603) 862-PCAC (7222), Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., online at and at the door one hour prior to performance.


Season tickets are $50 for 6 events and are also available online at You may purchase season tickets by mail by sending a check payable to "Traditional Jazz" to the PCAC Box Office, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. (No refunds due to cancellations)

2018-2019 Series Events



Carl Allen and the Art of Elvin

Monday, September 10, 8:00 p.m.
Concert #247
Johnson Theatre, PCAC

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’sprofound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

 “Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin” is a tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones who were both personal and musical mentors of Mr. Allen. The music is a collection of tunes that were performed by both Art Blakey and/or Elvin Jones as well as some original music for good measure. In the tradition of both Art and Elvin, the music is hard bop, gospel infused, hard swinging music that is designed to make one feel good. This show is sure to be both high energy and toe tapping.




Joe Lovano Classic Quartet

Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. (note the change from the usual Monday concert)
Johnson Theatre, PCAC

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer Joe Lovano is fearless in finding new modes of artistic expression. With a Grammy Win for his 52nd Street Themes and 14 other nominations, he has won DownBeat Magazine ’s Critics and Readers Polls countless times as Tenor Saxophonist, Musician of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year and Triple Crowns from DownBeat . He has also gotten numerous awards from Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophone, Album of the Year and Musician of the Year.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 he attended the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston where years later he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Since 2001 he has held the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance and is a founding faculty member since 2009 of the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee directed by Danilo Perez. He is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Jazz Program, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music as well as Clinician at Universities around the globe.




Bobby Watson Quartet

Monday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.
Concert #249
Johnson Theatre, PCAC

A saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kan. He trained formally at the University of Miami, a school with a distinguished and well-respected jazz program. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his “doctorate” – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. The group, created in 1955 by late legendary drummer who died in 1990, showcased a rotating cast of players, many who, like Watson, would go on to have substantial careers as bandleaders in their own right. The Jazz Messengers – frequently referred to as the “University of Blakey” – served as the ultimate “postgraduate school” for ambitious young players.

For more than three decades now Watson has contributed consistently intelligent, sensitive and well-thought out music to the modern-day jazz lexicon. All told, Watson, the immensely talented and now-seasoned veteran, has issued some 30 recordings as a leader and appeared on 100-plus other recordings, performing as either co-leader or in support of other like-minded musicians. Numerous Watson compositions have become classics such as his “Time Will Tell,” “In Case You Missed It” and “Wheel within a Wheel,” each now oft-recorded titles that are interpreted by his fellow musicians both on the bandstand and on other recordings. 

Soogy Po Boys



Soggy Po' Boys

Monday, February 4, 8:00 p.m.
Concert #250
Johnson Theatre, PCAC

Born on a snowy Fat Tuesday night of 2012, the Soggy Po' Boys have been honing their craft of New Orleans' music in their Tuesday residency in their home town of Dover New Hampshire. The New Orleans flavored septet doesn’t just play their weekly gig and call it at that. No, they fit in more than a hundred shows every year, from festivals and concerts to politics-infused burlesque collaborations and street parades. Part of the beauty of New Orleans music is that it's celebrated and appreciated wherever it goes, from the street to the theater. The Po' Boys are doing their part to spread the greatest music on earth around their home in New England and when touring, throughout the rest of the country. The Soggy Po' Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.

Ron Carter Trio



Ron Carter Trio

Monday, April 1, 8:00 p.m.
Concert #251
Johnson Theatre, PCAC

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz history, with more than 2,200 albums to his credit, an accomplishment honored in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. He has recorded with greats including: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons, Jaki Byard, Eric Dolphy and Cannonball Adderley.

In 2017, Ron expanded his reach to his considerable worldwide following on Facebook, where he regularly posts helpful information and back-stories for bass players and fans alike. His “Facebook Live” events are enjoyed around the world. Ron teaches frequently at master classes around the world. He has also received 5 honorary doctorates, most recently from The Juilliard School. Ron continues to tour worldwide, playing to sold-out crowds across Europe, Asia, and South America.

Kenny Baron trio



Kenny Barron Trio

Monday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.
Concert # 252
Johnson Theater, PCAC

Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angles Times to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Barron consistently wins the jazz critics and readers polls, including DownbeatJazz Times and Jazziz magazines. In 2005 he was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association and was as a finalist in the prestigious 2001 Jazz Par International Jazz Award.

Whether he is playing solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. 

Special Events

Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Jazz Sextet
Johnson Theatre, PCAC.
Free and open to the public

Tuesday, January 22, 8:00 p.m.
Harry Jones Memorial Concert with the Seacoast Big Band
David Seiler, director
Johnson Theatre, PCAC.
A ticketed event 

To find out more about these and other happenings at UNH, please visit the Calendar of Events.

The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Dorothy C. Prescott. Ms. Prescott, in collaboration with the UNH Music Department, inaugurated the Series in 1979 as a way to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the art of jazz. The Series features musicians of regional, national and international prominence and has become an important tradition at the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.