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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 Workshop Inc. Holiday Family Night

Event Details

Jazz Workshop Inc. Holiday Family Night

Time: December 19, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Homewood Branch
Street: 7101 Hamilton Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map: http://www.jazzworkshopinc.or…
Phone: 724-506-2556
Event Type: holiday, concert
Organized By: Jazz Workshop Inc.
Latest Activity: Dec 14, 2018

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Event Description

Jazz Workshop Inc.

Holiday Family Night


The Mark Strickland Trio


Organist Keith Stebler

Drummer Steve Trettle


About the Artist

…“the guitar wizardry of Mark Strickland”…~Moondog’s


The Pittsburgh renowned guitarist Mark Strickland is a very well rounded guitarist. Mark is influenced by such notable guitarist as Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass and others, of the R&B, and Latin genres. Mark’s experience does not fall short of his accomplishments. He has performed with many vocal stylists, and musicians, over the years which include vocalist / drummer Grady Tate, organist Groove Holmes, bassist John Heard, and can be heard on the 2011 release of Gene Ludwig’s last CD, “Love Notes”, a tribute to Cole Porter. He is also an accomplished sound engineer, and has produced and/or engineered projects for musicians both regionally and nationally, including Dizzy GillespieDakota StatonTommy Flanagan, and Jimmy SmithMark Strickland is revered throughout the area as one of the best in his field of music performance.


Guitarist Mark Strickland, … his clean classic guitar lines was also a great choice for this style.  He just had that perfect tone.” ~ Jazz Orbits

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