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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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World Stage Stories: A Jazz Concert Series in Leimert Village

Event Details

World Stage Stories: A Jazz Concert Series in Leimert Village

Time: April 3, 2009 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: The World Stage
Street: 4344 Degnan Blvd
City/Town: Los Angeles, CA 90008
Website or Map:
Phone: 323.290.6565
Event Type: jazz, concert, series
Organized By: Jeffrey Winston and Chet Hanley
Latest Activity: Mar 29, 2009

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8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (estimated end time)

April 3 Featuring: Trevor Ware

A mild-mannered virtuoso, bassist Trevor Ware, is a man for all seasons. Away from the bandstand, Mr. Ware is a community activist, businessman and executive. He has performed with Phil Ranelin, Nate Morgan, Joshua Spiegelman, Leon Mobley, Dwight Trible, Jane Getz, Benny Green, Ernie Watts, Don Littleton, Eldad Tarmu, James Moody, Billy Higgins, John Rangel, Kenny Burrell, Dale Fielder, Munyungo Jackson, Lesa Terry, Derf Reklaw, Fritz Wise, Reggie Carson and Clayton Cameron, among others.

Coming Soon . . .
APRIL 17 Alphonse Mouzon MAY 8 John Beasley
MAY 22 Bill Henderson

Donation: $10.00


Produced by Jeffrey Winston and Chet Hanley
For more information call Clint Rosemond at 323.290.6565

Photo (courtesy of Co-founders of The World Stage: The late world renowned master jazz drummer Billy Higgins (right) and poet/community arts activist Kamau Daáood (left)

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