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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?


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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Randy Purcell Memorial Radio Program by his son Shawn

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Randy Purcell Memorial Radio Program by his son Shawn

Time: May 27, 2009 from 10am to 12:30pm
Event Type: internet, radio, broadcast
Organized By: Leslie Purcell Upchurch
Latest Activity: May 28, 2009

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Event Description

Shawn Purcell, Randy's son and amazing jazz guitarist, is performing on a radio program honoring Randy this coming Friday, May 29th, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.; is the link. Listen if you get a chance. Shawn and his very cool wife Darden, a classy and very good jazz singer, did a program on this station the Monday after Randy passed and it was great.

Dave Dickey sent the following additional information.

I'm doing a Randy Purcell tribute this Friday, May 29th, on my jazz radio show. It's at WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign, IL and also heard live on the internet at My show is from 9-11:30 AM CENTRAL time. Randy's son Shawn Purcell will be on with me from 9:30-11:30 AM Central time. Shawn brought back from Pittsburgh recordings of his father, which we will be playing on air. We will also have guest artists calling in and talking about Randy. Some of those musicians will be Bill Watrous, Stan Mark, Jim Pugh, Peter Erskine, Rich Szabo, Alex Iles, Joe Mosello, and Joe Jackson. More names will be added today and tomorrow.

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