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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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Event Details


Time: May 8, 2009 at 9pm to May 9, 2009 at 2am
Location: Shadow Lounge and The Blue Room
Street: 5972 Baum Blvd
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.363. 8277
Event Type: global/cultural, unity, arts, live, entertainment, drink, food, networking, fun, and, plenty, of, laughter
Organized By: Berlin International Group
Latest Activity: May 9, 2009

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Event Description

Berlin International Group (BIG) presents PEACe LOVe & BLENd on Friday May 8, 2009 at 9pm at the Shadow Lounge and Blue Room 5972 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

The Shadow Lounge is the most culturally diverse establishment the city of Pittsburgh has ever seen with the energy of the late 60’s and early 70’s. It’s edgier and artsy atmosphere is welcoming to everyone from the Metro-Urbanite to the Upscale/Inner city art critic and finally a place where college students can discover themselves. The Shadow Lounge is the perfect location to host the World’s Only Eco-Conscious Global Diversity Event Movement!

BLENd is the international face of diversity an image that transcends language and culture. BLENd is the World in a Green atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness of our differences by allowing people to express their personalities while connecting with liked minded people from different cultural backgrounds. Groovy concept Huh?!

PEACe LOVe and BLENd will be taped live, hosted by Aki Durham and featuring live performances in the Shadow Lounge by Pittsburgh’s own People in the Red Balloon (Rock, Funk Hip Hop Jazz Fusion), and National Recording Cross-Over Artist CRA$H (plus a special musical guest). Featured International Artists Jill Lena Ford (abstract art) and Mara (photography) works will be displayed in the Blue Room.

Let's work together to help save the environment within ourselves and around the world by becoming more green, diverse and culturally aware in the way we live, think and act. Coming together is the key. BLENd and Make New Friends!

There is a $10 admission and all guests must be 18 and over. Each guest will receive a BLENd raffle ticket. And a chance to win a $300 Gift Basket from Unforgettable Creations, 2 Izzazu Fab Bags, Tickets to Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra upcoming productions, Bottle of Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka, MCG Jazz concert tickets, Eco Conscious Clothing from Revenge Is, free pair of Kashi Kicks, T-shirts plus other great prizes. Attendees can also buy BLENd raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning.

Our sponsors are Blue Moon, Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka, G-Tech, Global Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council,, Izzazu Salon, Kashi Kicks, MCG Jazz, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Revenge Is, Soul Pitt Media, The Mortgage Project and the Emmy Award winning YaMomzHouse Studio.

Free Parking is available in the lower garage on Centre Avenue or in the upper parking lot on South Highland Avenue.

A Portion of Proceeds benefits Public Allies Pittsburgh.

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