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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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Event Details

The Turbine!

Time: November 16, 2015 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe
Street: 4023 Butler St.
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15201 (Lawrenceville)
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-682-0177
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Nov 13, 2015

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international progressive jazz supergroup
Mon Nov 16 8:00 PM
$16 advance/$20 door 
Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412 682-0177

Tickets on sale now at: Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield), Caliban Books (Oakland), Dave's Music Mine (South Side), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and online from the
Thunderbird website (

The Turbine! is an international free-jazz supergroup quartet featuring legendary Chicagoans/AACM members Harrison Bankhead (double bass) and Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum) with France's Benjamin Duboc (double bass) and Spain's Ramon Lopez (drums, tabla). They have released an album on the Rogue Art label called "Entropy/Enthalpy" which features guests such as William Parker and documents "an exploratory tour across France." This concert takes place as part of The Bridge, a trans-Atlantic network for creative music.

 Since the year 1960 and Ornette Coleman's milestone Free Jazz album, where every instrument of his quartet was doubled, until the more recent mirror structures of Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill's ensembles, the multiplication of the rhythm section has gone through varied forms. The Turbine! is something way beyond the reinforcement of the rhythm section's autonomy, playing or juggling with pulsation and something way beyond combustion. Fully conscious of the paths that open up at any time for music created in the moment, the four polyrhythmicists dive into the continuous flow of euphoric, resounding realms.

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Comment by Manny Theiner on November 13, 2015 at 7:09pm

Many thanks to Mike Shanley for the wonderful full-page
preview in the City Paper!

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