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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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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Event Details

Ethnic  Heritage Ensemble

Time: February 25, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe
Street: 4023 Butler St.
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15224
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-682-0177
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2011

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Event Description

Tickets $15 advance at Paul's CDs, Caliban Books, Dave's Music Mine, The Exchange Downtown, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, or at the Thunderbird Cafe website. $20

at the door. Note this  is an early show, it starts on time.

For 35 years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has carried on the African-American tradition of percussive jazz from a distinctly Midwest-Chicago perspective. They have a long line of stellar recordings, many on the respected Delmark jazz label.

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed shortly after percussionist Kahil El'Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1976. He teamed up with tenor
saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. to play music that combined
contemporary African American musical styles, like jazz, with more
traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. The duo would
frequently grow to a trio in these first years, adding musicians like
saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. In 1988,
they added trombonist and conga player Joseph Bowie, who is the leader
of the jazz-funk group Defunkt. In 1997, Wilkerson was replaced by
Ernest "Khabeer" Dawkins who is the leader of New Horizons Ensemble. Trumpeter Corey Wilkes (also of Art Ensemble of Chicago) was added several years later.

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