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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.


For almost 100 years the Pittsburgh region has been a metacenter of jazz originality that is second to no other in the history of jazz.  One of the best kept secrets in jazz folklore, the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy has heretofore remained mythical.  We have dubbed it “the greatest story never told” since it has not been represented in writing before now in such a way as to be accessible to anyone seeking to know more about it.  When it was happening, little did we know how priceless the memories would become when the times were gone.


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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Incident of Human Rights

Event Details

Incident of Human Rights

Time: September 11, 2008 at 7:30pm
Location: New Hazlett Theater - North Side
Street: 6 Allegheny Square E.
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-358-0344
Event Type: Book, reading, live, music, film
Organized By: Debi Sciranka
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2008

Event Description

Now in its sixth season, the American Shorts Reading Series partners with a diverse group of community organizations to present intriguing selections of fiction and non-fiction read by a cavalcade of special guests. As always, film, music and libations round out the evening.

On Thursday, September 11, 2008, 7:30 pm, at the New Hazlett Theater, American Shorts teams up with City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (COA/P) to host An Incident of Human Rights. Francisco Goldman and Horacio Castellanos Moya, poet-in-residence at City of Asylum examine the murder of Guatemala's Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera through separate works of fiction and non-fiction. Goldman will read from his 2007 NY Times Notable Book, The Art of Political Murder, and Moya will read selections from his recent novel, Senselessness.

Before the performance from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm join us for classic Spanish guitar played by John Marcinizyn, who will also be performing at the intermission, where book signings will be available.

Following the break, we screen the Pittsburgh premiere of Alex Marengo's film Dead Line. Using Ariel Dorfman's classic poems of "the disappeared" as read by Emma Thompson, Harold Pinter, Bono and others, the film follows an Iraqi exile through the streets of London looking for a special telephone in order to call home.

Horacio Castellanos Moya, born in 1957, is the second writer to be hosted by COA/P. Exiled from El Salvador, Moya became COA/P's writer-in-residence in December 2006. As a writer, he has been praised as an "extraordinary formal virtuoso" who is "the voice of Central America."

COA/P provides temporary sanctuary to creative writers under threat of imprisonment, persecution, or death in their native countries.

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