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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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Kevin D Hurst Sr

Time: June 17, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Elizabeth Elks
Street: Cemetary Rd
City/Town: Elizabeth, Pa 15037
Event Type: father's, day, jazz, matinee
Organized By: Kevin Hurst, Sr.
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2012

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Father's Day Jazz Matinee from 5-7pm at the Elizabeth Elks down@rt51 South across  the Mon River on Cemetary Rd. By request standards,Jazz,and Bossa Nova played on soprano sax. Part of the Lodge's dad appreciation day!- kev 

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Comment by Kevin Hurst, Sr. on June 12, 2012 at 2:50pm

It;s just a two hour matinee so I did not put it on Facebook! The lodge is making flyers and some have heard me play and asked me to do something. Later I may be able to have more pieces and do some jazz sets for listeners! Thanks for the response. -kev

Comment by Bill Trousdale on June 12, 2012 at 1:55pm

Hello Dr Fulton and Kevin

Kevin having an issue posting on facebook cazn you send to my facebook addreess?

Comment by Dan Wasson on June 12, 2012 at 4:54am

hopefully can make it, if not, have a good one, and happy father's day in advance

Comment by Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. on June 11, 2012 at 7:03pm

Hey Kevin!  I will be out of town on June 17th.  I would like to catch up with you, however.  Please leave a number where I can reach you or call me at 412-488-7191.  By the way, I appeared for a festival outside the State Museum in Harrisburg on Saturday, June 9th.  Stevenson was there on the keyboards and singing as well.  Hope is well.  God Bless.

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