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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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Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) BENEFIT at Melange Bistro Bar

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Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) BENEFIT at Melange Bistro Bar

Time: July 29, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Melange Bistro Bar
Street: 136 Sixth Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-333-3333
Event Type: benefit, public, welcome, jazz, trio, snacks, drinks, no, cover
Organized By: Jessica Lee
Latest Activity: Jul 30, 2011

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Event Description

Please join Mélange Bistro and a stellar line-up of jazz performers -- including vocalist Jessica Lee, guitarist Mark Strickland, and bassist Dave Pellow -- for an inspirational 'friendraiser' to benefit “Music For Kids,” a effort between America’s Music Crossroads Center and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF). The program will make it possible for children living in homeless housing facilities to learn about music and musical instruments and to do so in the places where they live.

The inclusion of jazz through the new collaboration with America’s Music Crossroads Center can further enhance the HCEF mission which provides critical services to strengthen the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, as well as making it a point to fight for the rights of this vulnerable population.

The "Music for Kids" program will make it possible for children living in homeless housing facilities to learn about music and musical instruments and to do so in the places where they live. Currently, HCEF partners with 17 homeless service providers to further meet the educational needs of children, including:

- Women's Center and Shelter
- Salvation Army Family Crisis Center
- Womanspace East, Inc.
- Open Arms
- Sankofu House
- New Beginnings
- Three Rivers Youth, The Hub
- Sisters Place
- Womansplace
- Bridge to Independance
- Healthy Start House
- Crisis Center North
- Alle-Kiski Hope Center
- Allegheny Valley Association of Churches
- Sojourner House
- Sojourner House MOMS

Remarkably, it has been estimated that as many as 9 Grammy Award winners were at one point homeless, including such notables as Ella Fitzgerald, Shania Twain, Billy Joel and Englebert Humperdinck.

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