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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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Special Announcement to all the fans of Monday Night Jazz at Savoy!

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Special Announcement to all the fans of Monday Night Jazz at Savoy!

Time: September 30, 2016 at 8pm to October 1, 2016 at 12am
Location: Savoy Restaurant and Wine Bar
Street: 2623 Penn Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh Pa.
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-281-0660
Event Type: dining, wine, tasting, music, live, grammy, mya, singer, party, special
Organized By: Savoy Restaurant
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2016

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This Friday at Savoy (9/30/16), Savoy will be the grammy award winning songstress, Mya!

Mya is currently on a world tour and will be stopping by Savoy on Friday to be a part of Savoy’s Dinner Party Series.  

Dine with Mya starting at 8pm! Then stick around for a live performance starting at 10.  I’m asking all my jazz fans to come out and support this different, but very classy event at Savoy on Friday!  Any successful live music event at Savoy just helps to make live music at Savoy stronger, which, of course, is very important to our continuing efforts to bring the best live jazz around to Savoy each  Monday night.  Hope to see you there!

Charlie G.

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