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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?


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: February 20, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Little E's Jazz Club
Street: 949 Liberty Avenue (upstairs)
City/Town: Pittsburgh / PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-818-3789 (event coordinator)
Event Type: jazz, networking, food, fun
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Feb 16, 2010

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Event Description

Hi, everyone.

I am happy to announce that the Jazz Fan Appreciation Event has returned and this time we will be presenting it in Downtown Pittsburgh. Saturday, February 20 is our launch date for this monthly event.

It has taken me a few months to find a centrally located place to present this popular gathering of music fans and musicians.
For several months, many of you have asked me when this event would return.

Of course, I will be hosting the event and will be doing CD givaways and much more. I am glad to welcome back the Pittsburgh Courier, Soul-Patrol and Nu Groove Records as our co-sponsors.

Little E's Jazz Club is the new location for the event and our new time is from 5-8PM. Please come out for good music, opportunities to network and a great time.

If you can, please share this with your network.

Additional sponsons are always welcome and inquiries can be made by calling 412-818-3789.

Thanks and we look forward to see you again. See you on the 20th!


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Comment by Pgh Rich on February 16, 2010 at 4:31am
Lets hope this D*** snow let up and we can get out of the house. I'm going stir-crazy.................

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