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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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Film Kitchen featuring Phat Man Dee, Tommy Amoeba and Smokin’ McQueen!

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Film Kitchen featuring Phat Man Dee, Tommy Amoeba and Smokin’ McQueen!

Time: April 12, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room
Street: 477 Melwood Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
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Event Type: video, screening
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2016

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Join us for a magical evening gazing at the silver screen, munching popcorn and laughing together, at one of the nation's oldest film collective's theatre, The Pittsburgh Filmmaker's Melwood Screening Room! Hosted by local filmmaker and cinemagraphic whiz kid Matthew R. Day, originator of such roles as Julius Duvatine and Squirellilla, this evening is sure to amaze and delight!

Movies to be featured include video from the international musical series "Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee", in which local jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, 'bridges' her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to the rest of the world through the art of music. The series includes musical duets with musicians and dancers on bridges all over Europe! See Phat Man Dee sing with musician Nik Phelps in Belgium! See her scat with Moe Seager in Paris! Sing for dancer Wonderful Ginger in Rome! Get down with the Church of Malcolm in Scotland! Sing gospel with Tracey Adele Cooper and Jodi Pfleghar in Germany! Sing with Jake Goldwasser at the World Body Painting Festival in Austria! See her sing with accordionist Daniele Mutino in Rome in view of the Basillica!

Phat Man Dee and Alistair McQueen (of Smoke This Productions) spent 2 months in Europe filming this kickstarter funded musical documentary. They are proud to share parts of this journey with their friends and family in Pittsburgh. We'll be showing a new music video from Phat Man Dee's husband, Tommy Amoeba's band, Amoeba Knievel. "Cowboy Ed and the Caterpillar", also filmed and edited by Smoke This Productions.


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