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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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Event Details


Time: June 8, 2009 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: WQED Multimedia / Elsie Hillman Conference Room
Street: 4802 Fifth Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-818-3789 (event coordinator)
Event Type: seminar, (1-4pm), networking, (5-7pm)
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2009

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Event Description

Communications In The Arts

A seminar series with Andrew W. Thornhill

Monday, June 8, 2009 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
$10.00 Per Person
Location: WQED Multimedia
Elsie Hillman Conference Room
4802 Fifth Avenue, Oakland
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

This series of seminars and discussions is designed to help artists, arts organization, media outlets and local businesses gain greater advantage from their communications planning and implementation.

Our presenter, Andrew W. Thornhill, has more than 30 years in the communications industry and the components of the program.


To build a basic understanding for artists, arts administrators, arts events
and arts organizations of marketing planning, scheduling and financial models in the broad realm of public information and data transfer.

To help the arts community stay current with the knowledge to promote their creative thinking, continued development and entrepreneurial business growth.

To build the value of participation by the arts community in the future-based agenda for news outlets and in economic development in our communities
by providing the advance information, tools and processes used by
new and emerging media systems in this connected economy.

And lastly, to give a much-needed sense of confidence in the personnel, programs and activities those arts crews use to create short-term solutions
and to build long-term plans and leadership for the benefit of all.

Thanks to the generous and timely participation of our partners, this important
event will be offered for the reduced cost of $10.00 per person. With the support of Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo, a limited number of scholarships are available.


The Communications in the Arts Seminars are made possible by support from Thornhill News, and our long-suffering partners.

Communications In The Arts Seminars are offered nationally in association with
The Performance School, Inc. - David Mills, Ph.D., Co-Founder –

Networking Reception 5:00PM-7:00PM

Tana Ethiopian Cuisine
5929 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-2770

The No-Host Reception Is Open To the Public And Free of charge

Our reception is produced and hosted by noted radio personality Kevin Amos


Our seminar will cooperate with other events being planned for this important week. If you would like to be part of this inaugural Pittsburgh celebration, contact Kevin Amos, (412) 818-3789 -

For tickets go to:

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Comment by Kevin Amos on June 11, 2009 at 2:31pm
I want to thank the folks who came to the seminar on Monday. Those in attendance did learn something and where able to expand their network by making new contacts.

Comment by Kevin Amos on May 23, 2009 at 2:51am
Thank you Devorah...I'm trying hard to help educate folks and to aid in having them reach their true potiential.

Their is no excuse for folks not to attend unless they are working at that time during the day.

Senator Jim Ferlo has provided a limited amount of scholarships for people to attend and the reception at Tana is free. It is up to the organization or individual to follow through. We don't have time for haters.

Once again...thanks for your comments.

Comment by Devorah Segall on May 22, 2009 at 12:48am
Kevin- this is really great. I applaud you for putting this together and send hopes for many wonderful outcomes to result from it. For Pgh's artists, and audiences and businesses as well.
Go ahead!!!!

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