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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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Charlie G. singing at Nine on Nine this Saturday (7-26-14)

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Charlie G. singing at Nine on Nine this Saturday (7-26-14)

Time: July 26, 2014 from 8:30pm to 11pm
Location: Nine on Nine, corner of Penn Ave. & Ninth St.
Street: 900 Penn Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
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Phone: 412.338.6463
Event Type: 9on9, guitarist, ron wilson, singer, vocals, charlie g.
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014

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Hi everyone,

It's that time of month again: Charlie G. sings at Nine on Nine!  Once a month, for the past several months, I've had the pleasure of performing in Bar Nine (the lounge of Nine on Nine) and the response has been wonderful.  If you haven't seen me there yet, I urge you to come on down and join the fun.  For those who have been there, trust me, it's only getting better; you don't want to miss it!  Once again, I will be accompanied by the beautiful playing of guitarist, Ron Wilson. His heartfelt interpretations of the jazz standards we love, help me to make each song a moment to remember!  So don't hesitate, join us this Saturday (7-26-14) at Bar Nine (inside Nine on Nine) for a night of great music!  The start time is 8:30pm.  For more information, call 412.338.6463.  See you there!
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​Charlie G.
P.S.  Don't forget to also join me at Savoy this coming Monday (7/28/14) when Savoy Monday Night Jazz hosts The Skip Peck Quartet feat. vocalist, Donna Peck.

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