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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?


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Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters & Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

Event Details

Seeing Jazz:  A Tribute to the Masters & Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

Time: February 5, 2009 at 6pm
Location: Manchester Craftmen's Guild
Street: 1815 Metropolitan Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412.322.0800
Event Type: FREE!, Open, House, Reception, &, Concert
Organized By: Amy_at_MCGJazz
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2009

Event Description

Very cool event with Pittsburgh Jazz Legends playing alongside visual artists creating new works.

January 19 – April 3, 2009
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) is excited to present Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the
Masters and Pittsburgh Jazz Legends in collaboration with artist, curator and producer Gwendolyn Black. The exhibition will showcase works by well-known masters Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Allen Stringfellow, Benny Andrews, Fred Brown, Richard Mayhew, Chuck Stewart and Edmund Yaghjian along with other noted contemporary artists. Black, a native of Pittsburgh, created Visual Expressions on Jazz nearly ten years ago to “give more recognition to visual artists who not only listen to jazz music while working but who have also been at the forefront of documenting and supporting jazz music through
their art.” Specially for its installation at MCG, Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters will highlight legends from the steel city including a selection of photographs from the Pittsburgh Courier archive.

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6–9 p.m.
Special Artists’ Reception

Join us as we celebrate the interconnection between musical and visual arts. The evening will include author John Brewer signing his book, Pittsburgh Jazz, and a showcase of the Class of 2008 Pittsburgh Jazz Legends doing what they do best – playing Jazz. The
honorees are: Charles “Chuck” Austin, Harold Betters, Cecil Brooks II, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, Roger Humphries, Dr. James T. Johnson Jr., Gene Ludwig, Joe Negri and Dr. John Wilson.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 4, 2009 at 10:21pm
This is an open house. There is no charge for this event. The reception begins at 6pm and the concert begins at 8 pm.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 17, 2009 at 7:22am
Sounds like fun. Thanks foir posting it. I'll be there.
Comment by Lisa_D on January 16, 2009 at 9:21pm
This is going to be unbelievable...with this lineup of artists and musicians, it's sure to be something extra special! I can't wait.

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