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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?

 

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TROMBONE TRIBUTE TO JAZZ ICON HAROLD BETTERS

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TROMBONE TRIBUTE TO JAZZ ICON HAROLD BETTERS

Time: August 29, 2015 from 2pm to 6pm
Location: WOOD STREET PARK
Street: MERCER & WOOD STREETS
City/Town: Harmony, PA
Phone: 412-867-1816
Event Type: harmony, jazz, fest, 2015
Organized By: Harmony Jazz Fest
Latest Activity: Aug 29, 2015

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Event Description

Join in a tribute to Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Harold Betters, "Mr. Trombone."

Calling all trombone players (at least 76 of you) to join in jazz jam including a parade walk down Mercer Street to Wood Street Park playing '76 Trombones' in the key of F.

Parade forms at 2:00 pm at US Liner parking lot, Mercer Street.

First 76 trombones to join-in will be entered in a raffle for gift cards and prizes.

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Comment by Shawn Cohen on August 27, 2015 at 12:29am

Harold is a true icon of Pgh jazz and he is a master at Trombone and his craft. I am not in the USA right now but if I was I would not hesitate to see him and give him my best, he deserves the very best of adulation and recognition! I have his CDS and I do recommend people buy them up and have a good listen. I like the one called, "From the Encore" because that is how I met him working there. Best of luck on the day Harold Betters and lots of best wishes to your family too. :-) 

Comment by Pgh Rich on August 25, 2015 at 5:13am

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