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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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Roger Day, Ethan Winograd, Jay Matula at New Sun Rising Picnic

Event Details

Roger Day, Ethan Winograd, Jay Matula at New Sun Rising Picnic

Time: September 24, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm
Location: Millvale Riverfront Park Along the Millvale Riverfront Trail
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Event Type: millvale, riverfront, park, along, the, trail
Organized By: Roger S Day
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2011

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Event Description


The music:  Ethan Winograd, Jay Matula and me,

Straight-ahead jazz with a few avante-garde twists.


The event:



New Sun Rising is pleased to present our Fall 2011 family-friendly fundraising event, "Fall (Bocce) Ball"!!

In traditional Bocce tournament fashion, teams of 2 will compete for great prizes and special recognition. We'll provide food, drinks and entertainment as you play the day away. Form your teams now and purchase tickets below!! If you are organizing a team, please email the name of your team (2 people) and the names of your team members.

Saturday, September 24, 2011
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Millvale Riverfront Park
Along the Millvale Riverfront Trail
12:00 - Arrival and Registration
1:00 - Bocce Commences
3:00 - Picnic
5:00 - Awards and Conclusion
Ticket Prices:
$25 - Play Bocce and enjoy a picnic lunch
$15 - Students age 12-18 play or watch Bocce and enjoy a picnic lunch
Children under 12 free!
Enjoy mixing it up with NSR projects like Obscure Games, The Zombie Opera, and Millvale Community Library! 

The event will also include: 
Cash prizes for tournament winners
Kids games and crafts
Live music and performances all afternoon
Chinese auction
Delectables from BRGR and other local establishments 

If you have any questions, please contact or 412.228.0NSR (0677)
Proceeds from the family-friendly Fall (Bocce) Ball support New Sun Rising - Turning Your Ideas Into Reality. 

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