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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?

 

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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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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH JON HENDRICKS

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AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH JON HENDRICKS

Time: April 28, 2009 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Location: Caberet at Theater Square
Street: 655 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Website or Map: http://www.pgharts.org
Phone: 412-456-6666
Event Type: concert
Organized By: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2009

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Jon Hendricks is one of the world's favorite jazz vocalists and considered to be the "Father of Vocalese" or "scatting". Founder of the legendary trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, they took the VOCALESE tradition around the world to great acclaim, influencing generations of jazz musicians. This performance will be one of the most important JAZZLIVE SPECIAL SESSIONS yet. Mr. Hendricks will perform two master classes while in Pittsburgh; one for student musicians and one for local professional musicians. His professorship at the University of Toledo has established him as a superb educator, specializing in the history and art of vocal jazz. Mr. Hendricks will be performing two shows at the Cabaret on April 28th. He will also pay special tribute to the creator of the Vocalese style, Pittsburgh jazz legend, Eddie Jefferson.

The 7:30 PM Show is almost sold out but there are plenty of seats for the 9:30 PM show.

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Comment by Eddie Jefferson on April 28, 2009 at 7:41pm
THE SPIRIT LIVES!

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 28, 2009 at 7:06pm
JON HENDRICKS
A RARE ARTIST
AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL
Founder and Creator of LAMBERT, HENDRICKS AND ROSS
"The greatest Jazz vocal group ever to perform on the Planet Earth"
FATHER OF VOCALESE

The new and now widely extant cultural art form created by Jon Hendricks for Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, which made them the NUMBER ONE JAZZ VOCAL GROUP IN THE WORLD for five consecutive years.

Creator of the Manhattan Transfer's most successful album, "VOCALESE", which went gold in Japan and WON SEVEN GRAMMYS, including one for JON HENDRICKS AS BEST SINGER, as well as one for guest Artist BOBBY McFERRIN.

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF JAZZ STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO. DOCTOR OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.

"NUMBER ONE JAZZ SINGER IN THE WORLD" Melody Maker

"THE POET LAUREATE OF JAZZ" Leonard Feather

"THE JAMES JOYCE OF JIVE" Time Magazine

"THE GREATEST LYRICIST IN THE WORLD" Carmen McRae

"SUPERB!" Peter O'Toole

"THE ONLY ONE I WANT TO LYRICIZE MY MUSIC" Thelonious Monk

Personally chosen by DUKE ELLINGTON as featured Vocalist in the World Premiere performance of Ellington's first Sacred Concert

Winner of the EMMY, IRIS AND PEABODY AWARDS for his CBS Television Documentary "SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY WEARY HEAD", in which he also starred and narrated

Member of THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS COMMITTEE which chooses the five artists to be honored each year

FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR AWARDEE

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