Nathan Davis, 76, retired in June as head of Pitt's jazz studies program after 44 years with the university.
Nathan Davis, shown in 1977, has played with jazz greats in this country and in Europe.
By Rick Nowlin Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saxophonist Nathan Davis, who retired in June as head of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will receive the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award Saturday at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Baltimore-based Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will present the award to Mr. Davis in a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a reception in the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, the award ceremony and a performance by Cecil Taylor with an opening set by Jason Moran.
Mr. Davis, best known for founding Pitt's Jazz Seminar and Concert, joins past honorees who include Phil Woods, Roy Haynes, Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Oliver Lake, Rufus Reid, Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath, Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, Donald Byrd and Clark Terry.