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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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Cast Party Comes to Pittsburgh!

Event Details

Cast Party Comes to Pittsburgh!

Time: April 20, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Sewickley Academy
Street: 315 Academy Ave
City/Town: Sewickley
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-741-2230
Event Type: performance, vocal
Organized By: Jim Caruso
Latest Activity: Apr 21, 2011

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Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm

(SEWICKLEY, PA) – For the past eight years, Jim Caruso has been hosting Cast Party, a wildly popular weekly open mic night that brings both showbiz superstars and up-and-comers to the legendary Birdland in New York City. The Sewickley Series will present Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch at the piano on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 pm in Rea Auditorium at Sewickley Academy. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It’s the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. This past year, Caruso and Stritch have taken the Party to Austin and Provincetown, as well as their bi-monthly residence at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Host Caruso guides the entire affair like a bubbly cruise director, musical director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories and the audience is invited to participate in the festivities! It’s the party that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around the piano!

On April 20, Caruso, along with musical director Billy Stitch, will host a hilarious impromptu variety show where local Pittsburgh superstars will showcase their Broadway, musical, and comedic talents.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch at the piano
Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm
Rea Auditorium at Sewickley Academy
315 Academy Avenue, Sewickley, PA
Reservations: 412-741-2230 ext. 3046 or
This event is free and open to the public.

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