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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?


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       In Her Own Words

Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents Pain In My Heart and Reachings!

Event Details

Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents Pain In My Heart and Reachings!

Time: April 2, 2009 at 8pm to April 18, 2009 at 8pm
Location: University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall
Street: 4227 Fifth Avenue
City/Town: Pittburgh, PA in Oakland
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-624-7298
Event Type: two, one-act, plays
Organized By: Dr. Vernell A. Lillie
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2009

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Event Description

April 2 - April 18
A double bill of:
Pain in My Heart by Rob Penny

Memories of forgotten promises leave successful businesswoman Millicent Morrison feeling unsettled. An unexpected encounter with an ex-lover from the Black Nationalist movement helps her to see the past clearly and to face the future with a new perspective.

Reachings by Rob Penny

Back from the Vietnam War, jazz musician Lee Meredith is trying to heal his emotional wounds. With the help of his practical sister Jean and his artistic girlfriend Cheryl, he finds the inspiration to help him move on.

Regular ticket price: $20 each

Early Bird season pass: $60
(before October 17, 08)

Regular Season Pass: $70.
Special senior citizen, faculty,staff, and student discounts apply for all shows.
Group rates aslo are available.
Call 412-624-7298 for more information.

Tickets can be purchased at

Kuntu Administrative Offices 412-624-7298
Dorsey’s Record Shop 412-731-6607
William Pitt Union 412-648-7814

Pain in My Heart & Reachings
Show Dates and Times

Thursday April 2 8:00
Friday April 3 8:00
Saturday April 4 8:00
Sunday April 5 4:00
Thursday April 9 8:00
Friday April 10 8:00
Saturday April 11 1:00
Saturday April 11 8:00
Sunday April 12 4:00
Thursday April 16 11:00
Thursday April 16 8:00
Friday April 17 8:00
Saturday April 18 8:00

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Comment by Jody Jaress on April 17, 2009 at 2:52am
Not in town, but sounds great.
Keep making wonderful memories, Jody
Comment by Samantha Phillips on February 3, 2009 at 2:17pm
Come check out these great one-act plays. Full of emotion, powerful revelations and drama. Visit our website at to read more or order tickets.

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