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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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Smooth Jazz Holiday featuring Elan Trotman & Marcus Anderson

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Smooth Jazz Holiday featuring Elan Trotman & Marcus Anderson

Time: December 8, 2013 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Latitude 40
Street: 200 Quinn Drive
City/Town: Robinson Twp
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Phone: (412) 693-5555
Event Type: contemporary, jazz, (smooth, jazz)
Organized By: shawn hopson
Latest Activity: Dec 1, 2013

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Event Description

On Sunday, December 8, N-Motion Entertainment's Smooth Jazz Holiday featuring national recording artists Elan Trotman and Marcus Anderson will kickoff at 6:00 PM at Latitude 40, 200 Quinn Drive | Pittsburgh, PA 15275. Doors will open at 5:00 PM so get there early to get your seats!

N-Motion Entertainment will feature saxophonist Elan Trotman with his latest CD Tropicality that produced a number chart making hits on the smooth jazz charts in 2013. Marcus Anderson is a dynamic saxophonist in his own right, currently touring with PRINCE! You will be a amazed at the showmanship and chemistry between Elan and Marcus. This is a must attend event, the venue is incredible, and probably the best in the city! With great food, great atomsphere, and the best in contemporary jazz, this is a can't miss event! A dinner in included in the ticket price.

Shadyside Academy Jazz Ensemble and South Fayette High School Jazz Ensemble will be opening up and performing a song with one of the artists. Please come out and support live music!

Help N-Motion keep jazz ALIVE!

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