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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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Live Jazz Music, Poetry and Spontaneous Dance at The Space Upstairs

Event Details

Live Jazz Music, Poetry and Spontaneous Dance at The Space Upstairs

Time: June 8, 2012 at 8pm to June 9, 2012 at 1am
Location: The Space Upstairs
Street: 214 N. Lexington Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-225-9269
Event Type: jazz/performance, happening
Organized By: Pearlann Porter
Latest Activity: Jun 7, 2012

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Event Description

Only at The Space Upstairs...
as a part of The Pillow Project's ongoing jazz-happening series...

:FRIDAY: :JUNE 8th: 
Live Jazz Music, Poetry and Spontaneous Dance

Fresh off of a European tour, The Pillow Project continues their Pittsburgh-Paris connection with a return musical performance by our favorite jazz poet (and East Liberty native) Moe Seager, joined by special guests Robbie Edwards on sax, David Pellow on bass and Ronnie Burrage on skins for this special SECOND "FRIDAY" performance happening at The Space Upstairs...

The evening will also feature new and developed multimedia featured works by The Pillow Project after dark, the company's signature spontaneous physical-jazz, and will conclude with an open floor for movement and dance.

[doors open 8pm-1am]
- $10 suggested donation -

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