Erroll Garner Tuesdays delve into archive housed at Pitt

The Pitt Jazz Studies program, in collaboration with the University Library System, has brought back Erroll Garner Tuesdays, a 12-week exploration of objects and records from Pitt’s mammoth archive of the piano legend.

Each week throughout this semester, a Pitt graduate student will explore and write about a single object from Pitt's Erroll Garner Archive in a blog on Pitt Archives Tumblr page. The blog is organized in conjunction with the course "Music, Media, and the Archive," taught by Michael Heller, associate professor of Music.

“Due to COVID, this semester's version of the course will be entirely online, meaning that we will engage with digital reproductions, rather than the physical objects,” Heller said on Twitter. “There are downsides to this, but also possibilities, so we'll be exploring these together. The semester will culminate with the creation of a digital exhibit on Garner, collectively curated by the students. This will launch around April.”

The original Erroll Garner Tuesdays were published in 2015, just a few months after the arrival of the collection to Pitt’s campus, according to a post from Heller on the Tumblr page. The course culminated with a live exhibit of materials from the collection, which remains up in the University’s William Pitt Union.