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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


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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Clean Drums Jam Session!

Event Details

Clean Drums Jam Session!

Time: January 25, 2009 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Street: 4227 Fifth Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh-Oakland
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Phone: 412-624-7298
Event Type: jam, session, theatre
Organized By: Dr. Vernell Lillie
Latest Activity: Jan 26, 2009

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Event Description

Kuntu personally invites you to the Clean Drums Jam Session.

Open to all jazz musicians, singers, spoken word and funk performers and other artists.

Bring your instruments, friends and passion with you and let’s celebrate the music that inspired Pittsburgh’s resident jazz drummer, Joe Harris!

Free Admission for Performers !
Admission costs $15 includes 4 p.m. Clean Drums performance.
$5 At the Door, Jam Session starts at 7:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh
4227 Fifth Avenue
Seventh Floor Auditorium

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Comment by Brotha Ash Productions on January 26, 2009 at 6:03pm
Please contact me at THANK YOU
Comment by Amanda Sedgwick on January 25, 2009 at 10:36am
Thank you so much for inviting me. I would have loved to be there!
Comment by Larry Beatty on January 25, 2009 at 5:35am
Would love to do this but I will be out of town that entire week.
Comment by Samantha Phillips on January 23, 2009 at 7:27pm
Bring your instruments or your talent and share the stage with us! We would love to see you perform.

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