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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 JazzLive International

Event Details

Pittsburgh JazzLive International

Time: June 3, 2011 at 5:30pm to June 5, 2011 at 2pm
Location: Cultural District
Website or Map: http://www.pittsburghjazzlive…
Event Type: crawl, and, outdoor, festival
Organized By: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: May 24, 2011

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Event Description

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will launch Pittsburgh JazzLive International, a new jazz festival on June 3-5, 2011, in the Cultural District. The weekend of music will include a JazzLive Crawl, outdoor stages, national and internationally renowned musicians and a visual art show. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Pittsburgh JazzLive International is produced in cooperation with Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 3-12th.

On the evening of Friday, 3rd June 2011, from 5:30-9pm, JazzLive International presents the JazzLive Crawl. Twenty venues, ranging from bars and restaurants to galleries and museums, within the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh will be presenting live music. Stop by and take in your favorite group or take a walk and discover some new music to enjoy.


On Saturday, June 4th, the three JazzLive Summer Stages located at 9th Street and Libety, Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th, Penn Avenue between 9th and 10th will kick off with free live music at 12 noon. Chelsea Baratz, Craig Davis, Roger Humphries, Center of Life (finalist in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation competition), The Sean Jones Quintet, Gretchen Parlato, Les Nubians, Bobby Sanabria, Soulive, and Gregory Porter will all be performing.


On Sunday, June 5th, Showcase Noir, the African American artist and designer showcase will fill the halls of the Byham Theater with visual art and live jazz. On the evening of June 5th, the Cultural Trust has partnered with Grey Area Productions to present soul and blues diva, Bettye Lavette at Altar Bar in the Strip District (tickets may be purchased for this event through our website).


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