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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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       In Her Own Words

Motown, Marvin, and the Music of Ray Charles

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Motown, Marvin, and the Music of Ray Charles

Time: June 18, 2009 at 7:30pm to June 21, 2009 at 2:30pm
Location: Heinz Hall
Street: 600 Penn Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map: http://www.pittsburghsymphony…
Phone: 412.392.4900
Event Type: pops, concert
Organized By: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2009

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PITTSBURGH JAZZ NETWORK - SAVE $10/TICKET! Order by Monday, May 18 and save with code 12819*!

THUR, JUNE 18 • 7:30PM; FRI, JUNE 19 • 8:00PM; SAT, JUNE 20 • 8:00PM; SUN, JUNE 21 • 2:30PM

Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Ellis Hall, pianist and vocalist

Join Marvin Hamlisch for the 2008-2009 PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops season finale as he celebrates the life and music of the legendary Ray Charles. The amazing Ellis Hall, Charles' protégé, sings favorites like I Can't Stop Loving You, Georgia, Hit the Road Jack, America the Beautiful and more!

Plus, Marvin and the PSO pay tribute to the much-loved sounds of Motown with your favorites by The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and The Four Tops, to name just a few!

Tickets start at only $20! Call 412.392.4900 or visit to order today!

*Offer not valid on previously purchased/held tickets or with any other offer. Must purchase by May 18, 2009 using code 12819 to receive discount. Some restrictions apply.

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