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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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Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Celebration

Event Details

Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Celebration

Time: January 23, 2014 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Street: Hard Rock Cafe Station Square
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Event Type: benefit, concert, and, award, ceremony
Organized By: Cancer Caring Center and Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
Latest Activity: Dec 9, 2013

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Event Description

2014 Inaugural Inductee Rich Engler Come out to honor Rich Engler for the thousands of concerts he brought to Pittsburgh as co-owner of DiCesare-Engler Productions.
A video respective of Rich's storied career will be shown.

Enjoy energetic performances by an All Star Rock'n Roll band with Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, Scott Blasey, Joffo Simmons & Art Nardini.

Joel Peresman, President and CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, coming to present the award to Rich.  A video retrospective of Rich's careerwill be show.  Steve Hanson and Sean McDowell of WDVE will emcee the event.

Buy autographed rock'n roll memorabilia at the silent auction

Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Caring Center
The Cancer Caring Center has provided free services to cancer patients and their families for 25 years

Tickets - General Admission $150 - Doors open at 6:30 PM
- VIP reception & tickets $200 o Doors open at 5:30

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