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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?


Some answers  can be gleaned from the postings on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network.


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Today jazz is still king in Pittsburgh, with events, performances and activities happening all the time. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the places, artists and fans that carry on the legacy of Pittsburgh's jazz heritage.






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5th Annual Sonny Pugar "Rhythms of Life" Concert!

Event Details

5th Annual Sonny Pugar "Rhythms of Life" Concert!

Time: October 16, 2008 from 6pm to 11pm
City/Town: Burgettstown, PA
Website or Map: http://
Phone: 724-942-5115
Event Type: BENEFIT
Organized By: Annie Pugar
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2008

Event Description

There's a great lineup this year as we change directions for our non-profit and widen our scope. Our house band will be the wonderful Live from Studio A Band that you may have seen on PBS, with musical direction by Scott Anderson, and Sean McDowell as our Master of Ceremonies. You can get on our website to see all of our talent and future direction for yourself, but I will tell you that this year we are honoring Johnny Angel for his many contributions to the music community, as well as to the general community.
This year we have dinner show seating in addition to door admission. Dinner seats are reserved, with best seats on a first come-first served basis. The food at the Roadhouse is great, so I highly suggest getting dinner with your show! Softdrinks will be at no cost with either dinner or door admission. Dinner will be served from 6:30 - 8:30, and there will be snack food available later in the evening. And of course, look for some great raffle items and a 50/50 drawing.
You'll never get a better evening for the price of this ticket, and you'll be supporting the regional musicians that give you so much all year long!
Please visit our website at for more details and future updates. You can also get onto the Roadhouse website to purchase tickets from

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Comment by on August 19, 2008 at 5:41pm
Hello all, I just wanted to add some additional information about the 2008 “RHYTHMS OF LIFE” CONCERT Some is repeated some is additional, but hey more is better! The more you know the better! Please spread the word about this event. Flyers are available at both sites. My thanks to all.

Sonny Pugar… One of the area’s noted rock, r&b, and jazz drummers, in whose memory this non-profit organization was formed. In 2004, he died at the age of 54 after living with colon cancer for six years. The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. has been established to support the creation and production of Southwestern Pennsylvania contemporary musical art, to contribute to the professional advancement of local musicians and to provide local musicians unable to cover medical or housing emergencies with financial assistance to allow them to pursue their music. Additionally, The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. will educate audiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania on contemporary music created and performed in the region. We provide the resources and community education in Southwestern Pennsylvania to support and foster the local contemporary music community (rock, blues, r&b, jazz, country, and their derivatives), comprised of talented and skilled composers, musicians, and vocalists, allowing the musicians to create and perform their unique music and be the voice of the region. When: Thursday, October 16, 2008, Doors open at 6pm show starts at 7 p.m. Where: THE PEPSI-COLA ROADHOUSE 565 Route 18 Burgettstown, PA 15021 Phone: 724-947-1900 Admission: DINNER SHOW TICKETS: $40 Dinner Show Tickets must be purchased in advance for $40 per person. Dinner will be served from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm CONCERT ONLY TICKETS: $20 Non-dinner Door Tickets available night of show for $20 per person Fantastic Raffle Items! All headlining, top regional talent! FEATURING: Etta Cox, Pete Hewlett, Sabrina & Mark Matteo of No Bad Juju, Billy Price, Shari Richards, Sputzy, and more! Musical Director: Emmy Award Winner — SCOTT ANDERSON WITH GUEST OF HONOR JOHNNY ANGEL For more information, Visit: Posted by on behalf of: Annie Pugar and The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc.

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