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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?


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George Lewis Residency @ Pitt/Warhol

Event Details

George Lewis Residency @ Pitt/Warhol

Time: February 23, 2016 at 6pm to February 27, 2016 at 8pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Bellefield Auditorium, Warhol Museum
Street: Oakland & North Side
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-624-7529
Event Type: residency:, lecture, &, performances
Organized By: Geri Allen, Music on the Edge
Latest Activity: Feb 23, 2016

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Event Description

Now you can't say you didn't know:

Avant-garde composer, legendary trombone improvisor, charter AACM member, MacArthur genius grant recipient, and Columbia professor George Lewis has a residency next week at Pitt (thanks to Geri Allen & the Music On the Edge guys).

On Tue Feb 23, he'll lead a panel discussion on "New Socalities" at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 6 p.m.

On Thu 25, he'll do a lecture "A Power Stronger Than Itself" about the incredible phenomenon that is the AACM and sign copies of the book of the same title which he wrote about the AACM at Frick Fine Arts, 7:30 pm.

On Fri 26, he'll do a live performance called "Spooky Interaction" using his Voyager performance software over the Internet..five musicians including himself (on trombone and electronics I'd assume), Geri Allen, Nicole Mitchell (not sure whether she'll be here or Chicago, I hope she's here!) and two other performers, trombonist Michael Dessen and saxist Francis Wong, at Bellefield Auditorium, 8:00 pm. All three of those events are free and open to all ages. Which means you have three chances to hear and see George Lewis without spending a dime!

And finally, the Music on the Edge Ensemble will play Lewis' compositions at the Warhol Museum on Sat 27 at 8:00 pm. Ticket info is at the URL below. The concert is the final icing on the cake.

Look at this so you're well-informed on the basics of the man:

Then look at this for the event details:

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