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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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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.

 

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To raise awareness of the organization and its programs, since 2006 the Black Political Empowerment Project has hostedB-PEP JAZZ, a six hour jazz marathon which features many of Pittsburgh's best musicians and vocalists.   Join us during National Jazz Appreciation month as we again host a program that has become the premier Pittsburgh-based jazz event of the year.   This event also…See More
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To raise awareness of the organization and its programs, since 2006 the Black Political Empowerment Project has hostedB-PEP JAZZ, a six hour jazz marathon which features many of Pittsburgh's best musicians and vocalists.   Join us during National Jazz Appreciation month as we again host a program that has become the premier Pittsburgh-based jazz event of the year.   This event also…See More
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To raise awareness of the organization and its programs, since 2006 the Black Political Empowerment Project has hostedB-PEP JAZZ, a six hour jazz marathon which features many of Pittsburgh's best musicians and vocalists.   Join us during National Jazz Appreciation month as we again host a program that has become the premier Pittsburgh-based jazz event of the year.   This event also…See More
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 In an effort to help keep live jazz music here in the city of Pittsburgh, Afro-American Music Institute and Two Brothers are teaming up to present Ronnie Laws, Live at the August Wilson Center, May 14, 2011. Jazz%20Intervention%20Flyer%20Front%20New.pdfSee More
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At 5:36pm on January 2, 2009, Paul Thompson said…
Nice pic ;-) I'm working hard on that arrangement. We might not have it this week, but we'll have it soon! Thanks for the suggestion!
At 5:14am on December 30, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Alec,

Thank you for hopping on board. We are gaining momentum and our collective voice is having an impact locally and internationally. Nothing can stop us now so let's make 2009 our year for jazz. Thank you for joining & hapy new year.

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