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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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Free Gospel Concert honors P.P. Bliss

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Free Gospel Concert honors P.P. Bliss

Time: January 16, 2010 at 6pm to January 22, 2010 at 7pm
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Event Type: press, release
Organized By: Bill Trousdale
Latest Activity: Jan 20, 2010

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For release ASAP til 01/22/10

Program Content Contact: David Lenington E-mail: (570) 268-5035 after 4:45 p.m.
Venue and Media credentials Contact Messiah Village Campus Events Manager Jamie Seilhamer (717) 790-8237

The Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History welcomes: A free concert to honor Pennsylvania Gospel Song writer P.P. Bliss and Museum Curator Emeritus, Janet B Trousdale has been scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 2:15 pm at Messiah Village Chapel, 100 Mount Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg PA 17055.

Mrs. Trousdale has been an active participant in the organization for over three decades as well as historian of the P.P. Bliss Gospel Song Writers Museum in Rome, PA. The museum honors several popular hymn writers from the ecumenical movement era of Dwight L. Moody, following the American Civil War. In additional to Bliss, gospel songwriters D.B. Towner, James McGranahan were also from Rome Township in Bradford County.
P.P. Bliss and wife Lucy Young experienced many joys and tragedies while in service to the Lord. These experiences created the source of memorable hymn's still sung by Christian Churches around the world.
It is Well with My Soul, Halleluia, What a Savior, Let the Lower Light's be Burning, and "Hold the Fort" a hymn inspired by a battle, during Sherman's March to Sea.

The one hour program will be produced by David Lenington of Towanda PA a friend and supporter of the Bliss Museum. The program will include Carrie Hooper, soprano soloist; leading residents in singing several selections, plus Mrs. Trousdale's video produced to archive the life, times and tragedy surrounding Phillip Paul Bliss and his wife Lucy Young. The program will also include, select tunes from Steven Foster, who attended school in nearby Towanda, PA. Mr Foster authored many secular tunes during the same period.

P. P. Bliss Museum is located on Main St in Rome, PA 18837. Regular Hours, during the summer and by appointment year round. More information or to visit the Gospel Songwriters Museum, can be obtained by The Endless Mountain Tourist and Visitors Bureau and the Bradford County Historical Society.

Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
Psalm 147: 7

The Pennsylvania Museum of Music & Broadcast History is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and celebration of Pennsylvania’s music and broadcast industries. By collecting and sharing their accomplishments through education, presentation, displays, and histories, we shall strive to retain these contributions for all to enjoy.

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Comment by Bill Trousdale on January 20, 2010 at 5:35am
Thank you Dr. Nelson Harrison, The PMMBH wishes to acknowledge you for your quality display of one of the first PMMBH events. I encourage any and all of the participants of the site to forward this message to people you know in the Capital City area.
Please review our web page at are get connected on Facebook: pmmbh home
Thank you all for supporting all of the music created, performed and originating on Pennsylvania

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