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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

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Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Time: January 29, 2011 from 3pm to 6:30pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge
Street: 4023 Butler Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Event Type: weekly, jam, session
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2011

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Event Description

Our weekly Jazz Jam session series continues at the Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge. Yes it is an open stage. We don't play favorites and we encourage  our younger players to come out as well. Luther, Annie, and Vince are back as our house band, I play music between sets and give away stuff!!.

We have a cover charge in order to pay the house band. I'm not rich folks and I want to make sure they get paid. All the folks who sit in get admitted free. $3 for Jazz Network and members. Everyone else $4.Thunderbird Cafe

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Comment by Kevin Amos on January 28, 2011 at 2:54am

Just found out today that we need a drummer for Saturday. Any takers??


I know one thing....if you think organizing these events are easy, guess again. Thirty plus years on the air playing and promoting this music. Interviewing the artists. Coordinating events and uplifting the culture and the community is way more than most realize but you know what? Wouldn't trade it for the world.


All I want folks to do is JUST SHOW UP!

Comment by Kevin Amos on January 28, 2011 at 2:18am
Love ya Ms. Betty. Thanks for your comment.
Comment by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on January 27, 2011 at 3:01pm

Hi Kevin,

I'm glad to see you're still passionately engaging jazz.  This time of year the weather is just too threatening for me to make it that far.  I don't see how anyone could be upset by the very minimal cover.  Long may the Jazz Jam thrive!

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