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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

Ed Skirtich

Time: October 4, 2009 from 1pm to 1:30pm
Location: August Wilson Center for African Arts
Street: 900 Liberty Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Website or Map: http://www.AugustWilsonCenter…
Phone: (412) 422-4149 (H) (412) 841-8046 (C)
Event Type: community, service, concert, for, rad, radical, days
Organized By: Ed Skirtich
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2009

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Event Description

Jazz Workshop, Inc. and Dynasty combine forces for RADIcal Days.

The set will include jazz and rhythm and blues from Pittsburgh's finest emerging young talents.

This is a performance you won't want to miss.

Sorry, but this is not a jam session.

The musicians listed in the line-up are the only ones who will be performing on the set.

The musicians are:

Ed Skirtich- Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc./Trumpet

Greg Wallace- Guitar/Jazz Workshop, Inc./Musical Director/Dynasty

Sylvia Ellard- Keyboards/Vocals/Jazz Workshop, Inc./Business Manager/Dynasty

Jaci Young- Alto Sax/Dynasty/Jazz Workshop, Inc.

Brian Hickman- Alto and Tenor Saxes- Dynasty

Salek Gloster- Electric bass- Dynasty

Rick Armstrong- Drum Set- Dynasty

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Comment by Ed Skirtich on September 29, 2009 at 6:51am
Dear Pittsburgh Jazz Network Members,

I apologize if folks feel left out or "Why didn't Ed call me to play the gig?"
or "Why doesn't Ed let us jam?"

We have less than a half-hour or at the most a half-hour with these RAD gigs and we barely have time for our own group to play a set. In fact, we have to play really, really, short arrangements of each of the tunes.

Everybody really loves workin' with me because I keep everything relaxed, fun, and entertaining.

But unfortunately, I can't always have everybody on every gig.

When folks feel upset about not bein' called for a gig, ask yourselves,
"When's the last time I called him or her for a gig?"

However, we do have a Saturday Afternoon Jazz Workshop, Inc. Jam Session and Reading Music Session of Big Band and Small Band Charts every Sat. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood from 3 PM- 4:30 PM in the Lower Level Auditorium in which advanced students and pro musicians can sit in and play.

Any questions or comments please email or call.

Musically and Peacefully,
Ed Skirtich
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)

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