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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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Bésame benefit for orphans in Colombia, at Mallorca

Event Details

Bésame benefit for orphans in Colombia, at Mallorca

Time: November 9, 2008 at 1pm
Location: Mallorca Restaurant
Event Type: Charity
Organized By: Roger S Day
Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2008

Event Description

THIS SUNDAY, 1pm to 4pm,
at Mallorca Restaurant, South Side,
Carson Street at the Birmingham Bridge.
Be sure to browse to
for tickets.

Amigos, sorry for the late notice,
but here is a wonderful event,
on behalf of Hogar Angeles,
a haven for orphaned girls in Cartago, Colombia.
Bésame is proud to provide Colombian music for this great cause again.

"Colombia en Pittsburgh and Colombia Vision are very pleased to invite you to the Sixth Annual Mallorca Fundraiser Luncheon at Mallorca Restaurant, at
2228 East Carson Street in the South Side area of Pittsburgh (tel:
412-488-1818). This year, we will enjoy the musical group Besame that plays Latin-American music.

"Thanks to the many generous individuals who have participated in previous years, we have been able to cover the expenses of establishing and operating a children's library as well as supporting Hogar Angeles, a safe haven in Cartago, Colombia. With the last two luncheons at Mallorca, the Hogar was able to get a microbus to safely transport the girls. Hogar Angeles has changed the lives of 30 girls and today provides a home, education, medical assistance and loving care to 20 little ones who for many reasons cannot be with their families.

"As in previous years, the luncheon will feature a delicious Mallorca feast (with appetizers, entrees, sangria and an assortment of desserts). We will have a silent auction of fine jewelry and bottles of wines.

"Please join us in this effort by attending the luncheon at the VIP level with a contribution of $100 per person or at our special contributor level of $60 per person. This year we will have 10 seats available for students at a special price of $40 (Send us a fotocopy of your ID. First come, first serve). At the VIP contribution level, 60% of the donated amount is tax deductible. As a non-profit organization, Colombia Vision has 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status.

"This is a unique opportunity to simultaneously enjoy the best of the Iberian cuisine, the nice sound and rhythm of Besame, and the company of marvelous and generous people. We look forward to your participation. To reserve your tickets or make inquiries regarding the event and Colombia Vision, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or or by calling Diana Gaitan Leon at (412) 606-3574 (Dalia) or Kathia Kennedy at (724) 940-3308. "

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