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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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Henry Grimes Trio

Event Details

Henry Grimes Trio

Time: April 12, 2013 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
Street: 5006 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-636-3550
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2013

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Event Description

JAZZ with Henry Grimes Trio
Featuring Henry Grimes, Ronnie Burrage and Lee Robinson

Friday, April 12, 2013 – 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The Black Music Education Project presents a special Jazz Appreciation Month event with world famous bassist Henry Grimes, percussionist extraordinaire Ronnie Burrage and super saxophonist Lee Robinson as they come together for the first time. The performance space is a community art center with a mission to enrich and diversify the local community by building positive experiences in a multicultural, progressive setting.

Henry Grimes has tremendous musical knowledge, unsurpassed credentials, and the highest levels of artistry at his command. In the 1950s and ‘60s, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York City, HENRY GRIMES (upright bass, violin, poetry) played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and many more.
He has received four Meet the Composer grants and has held a number of recent residencies, offering workshops and master classes on many major campuses here and abroad. He can be heard on 85 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels. Henry Grimes has been a permanent resident of New York City since 2003.

Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. He has played with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and is featured on more than 100 recordings; and has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan.
He's worked with the great names in the music, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz ,Archie Shepp,Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams, Michael Brecker.

Lee Robinson has been leading musicians for 25 years beginning with ISKA, the duo I/O, 1996, and The UnSpunt Orkestra 2001. As a music experimenter he has collaborated with poets, actors, visual artists and a computer programmer for a variety of exciting projects. Lee is inspired by all types of music styles. Lee's playing is launched from a palette of emotion, spirit and energy. The sound of his saxophones range from subtle and minimalist to dense and emotionally weighted.

The Black Music Education Project is a not-for-profit organization founded by Kevin Amos. The organization was established in 1995 to meet several objectives which include supporting and encouraging the training of aspiring apprentices with world class potential into the higher techniques, philosophy, creation and application of African-American Arts and Cultural traditions with the unabashed goal of producing future generations of legends in the tradition. Also to identify and present role models which represent the finest examples of the art form or cultural tradition to the community at large.

Admission is $15.00 per person.

For more information contact The Irma Freeman Center at:

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