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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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Sending back the Spirit

Event Details

Sending back the Spirit

Time: January 21, 2010 at 7pm to January 22, 2010 at 1am
Location: The Shadow Lounge
Street: 5972 Baum Boulevard
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Website or Map:
Event Type: a, benefit, for, people, in, haiti
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Jan 21, 2010

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Event Description

Hosted by Shadow Lounge and Phat Man Dee. Performers to include internationally renowned trumpeter Sean Jones, Michael Glabicki songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of Rusted Root, pianist and vocalist Joy Ellis and the Georgetown Trio, singer songwriter Joy Ike, guitarist Colter Harper, bassist Tony DePaolis, poet Christiane D, Ben Alper, Yours Truly, Irish activist and balladeer Terry Griffith, dancers Christine Andrews and Maria Hamer of Zafira, DJ Flex , Ben Hackett , and chanteuse Phat Man Dee and friends. All the performers will perform in the Shadow Lounge from 8 pm – 12 am and DJ Flex will be spinning Haitian dance music in Ava from 10 pm to close.

Cost: $10 or more, 100% of door and 10% of bar sales to benefit Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund

Age: 18 and over

Raffle to be held in the Blue Room. We have been blessed by donations from:
Abay, Culture Shop, a free phone reading with Tarot by Sky, gift certificate from Spa Uptown, a basket Philip Pelusi's, gift certificate from Plum, reiki session with Rosemary Banks, gift certificate from paris 66, Art from Tim Fabian, gift certificate from
Whole Foods, gift certificate from from Slacker, gift certificate from Dave's Music Mine.

I very much hope to see you this Thursday, if I cannot see your shining face, you may also text the word “Yele” to the number 501501 on your cell phone to send an immediate donation of $5. Also, I have heard from a couple different sources that other Pittsburgh based groups are having benefits for Haiti so there are other local opportunities to give to this wonderful nation who just needs some
help right now.

I am excited to have this show because we have such a wonderful line up of performers and I am in a little awe of who all has agreed to come out , and personally I am also excited about my set, I only get
25 min, but I am sharing it with some wonderful musicians, I'm singing with Colter Harper, Tony DePaolis, Jeff Berman and my special guests
are vocalists Gene Stovall, and also Genia the lead singer of Machete and Miguel Sague III is joining me with his congas for a couple tunes as well.

The link to the facebook page, if you would be kind enough to send it around is:

Here is a big version of the flyer:

Here are links to all the entertainers:

Also check out Wyclef's Yele Haiti organization at

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