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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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Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Event Details

Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Time: June 20, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
Location: April's On The Avenue (Formally Too Sweet)
Street: 7101 Frankstown (Lang & Frankstown)
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-818-3789 (event coordinator), 412-731-1630 (April's)
Event Type: music, networking, food, fun
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2009

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Event Description

This will be the last Jazz Fan Appreciation Event until we resume in the fall.
(My summer schedule has become very busy and I can't be in two or more places at the same time contrary to popular belief!)

Please continue to support live music and local businesses. It is a must.

All of the monthly events have been highly sucessful and we thank all of you for coming out.

If you have not been able to make it yet , this Saturday will be very special as we take up a collection for Chef Alfredo who was in a terrible auto accident on May 17 that required multiple surgeries.

Once again the house band hosting the weekly Jazz jam session will be Tony Campbell w/ Jazz Surgery. Special guests always sit in so it is always a treat to see who shows up. THIS SESSION IS ALWAYS SMOKIN' !!!

Our sponsors for the event are:

Black Music Education Project / / Nu Groove Records / New Pittsburgh Courier / Miller Lite

For more information call: 412-818-3789

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Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on June 18, 2009 at 3:46am
I would love to come, but believe it or not I HAVE A GIG!!!!!
Comment by Kevin Amos on June 17, 2009 at 3:33am
A fundraiser for Chef Alfredo wil;l take place on sunday, July19 at Bistro to Go on East Ohio Street. Please call the restaurant for more details.

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