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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 Monday @ Park Bruges continues!

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Jazz Monday @ Park Bruges continues!

Time: January 2, 2012 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: PARK BRUGES - Highland Park
Street: 5801 Bryant Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-661-3334
Event Type: live, jazz, food, drink, modest, cover
Organized By: Hill Jordan
Latest Activity: Jan 2, 2012

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Event Description

Hey Everyone!

We hope everyone had a great holiday season & that 2012 brings abundant health, wealth(all forms) & happiness to all of Us.

> Thanks soooo much to everyone who's come out so far!

The first three installments of "Jazz Monday" @Park Bruges were more successful than we could have ever hoped for. So Jesse & the crew at Park Bruges have agreed that we will keep it going into the new year!


We started this event because We thought that Highland Park would embrace having a quality live music option that they could literally walk to. We frankly thought it might take a few months to catch on, however We've had between 100 & 120+ people come out each of the first three nights so We think the secret's out :-)

The new posters & flyers aren't out yet & I'm hearing from some people that they didn't know the night was continuing, so PLEASE help us let everyone know that We'll be there this Monday!

Also, please let us know how We're doing. If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas about how we can make the night better PLEASE email me back, we really value Your input.

Happy New Year,

Hill Jordan

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