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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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We ROck Workshop students final concert at Mr Smalls Theatre!

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We ROck Workshop students final concert at Mr Smalls Theatre!

Time: May 8, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Mr Smalls Theatre
Street: 400 Lincoln Ave
City/Town: Milvale, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-821-4447
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: May 6, 2015

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Event Description

My and Liz Berlin's vocal students have their final concert this coming Friday!

Please spread us the word about the WE ROCK WORKSHOP Final Show featuring the talents of current and former Foster and IL kids!

The CREATIVE.LIFE.SUPPORT team and I have been working hard with these wonderful students for the last 18 weeks, and the time has finally arrived for them to showcase their original music and dance! What they have created is truly amazing and I promise you will not be disappointed!

The show will take place at Mr. Smalls Theatre  this Friday, May 8th at 7pm. It’s only $10 ($5 for students) and that includes a free dinner and soda. Foster and IL kids get in free as well as any staff that brings them. There are also VIP tickets for $25 which will get you a WE ROCK WORKSHOP CD and T-Shirt!

All are welcome to attend, Come down and support these kids who have been working so hard!
Click here to reserve tickets:

To get a taste of what you’re in for click here to listen to songs from the last 5 years of the WE ROCK WORKSHOP:

Thanks and I hope you can come!

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