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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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       In Her Own Words

Tribute to Dr James T. and Pam Johnson Afro_American Music Institute

Event Details

Tribute to Dr James T. and Pam Johnson Afro_American Music Institute

Time: July 28, 2012 at 7:30pm to July 29, 2012 at 2pm
Location: Pittsburgh Center For The Arts
Street: 6300 Fifth Avenue (near the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues)
City/Town: pittsburgh
Phone: 412-292-1753
Event Type: tribute, -, fundraiser
Organized By: Popa Banks
Latest Activity: Jul 30, 2012

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Comment by Popa Banks on July 30, 2012 at 12:33pm

N-Motion Entertainement & Mighty Man Production would like to send a special Thanks to the hundreds of people that came out this weekend to support our South Beach Party and Tribute to the Founders on the Afro-American Music Institute. Your support and energy helped make this event one FABULOUS FABULOUS Evening.

Thanks to House Band. You guys played your hearts out. Hat's off to you

Robert Hubbard
Eddie Baccus Jr.
Howie Alexander
John C. Hall
Chief Banks

Special Thanks to our Special Guest Performers:

Freddie Pugh
Teresa Hawthorne
Carolyn Perteete
Dewayne Chandler
Cecil Washington
James Johnson III
Legendary Roger Humphries Sr.

Crowd response to each of you said it all.

Thanks to our Host, the perfect person for the job.
Nelson Harrison.

You helped set the tone for the entire evening. Kudo's to you

Special Thanks to our Guest Speakers whose powerful words helped captivate the audience.

Ed Gainey
Dr. Harry Clark
Dr. Michael Gibson
Councilman Bill Peduto
Dr.Sheila Johnson

To Dr James and Pam Johnson, you will always be in our hearts. Thanks for the 30 years and we are looking forward to the next 30.!/events/403523276357456/

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 15, 2012 at 11:37pm

Comment by Popa Banks on June 27, 2012 at 2:39pm

Please Support this upcoming event, which will showcase some of the local talent that passed through AAMI system created by Dr James and Pam Johnson

Comment by Popa Banks on June 21, 2012 at 3:38pm

Please Invite ALL your friends to this Mega Event

check out our TV ad ==>

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