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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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Pittsburgh has and will continue to be a vibrant foundation for Pennsylvania Music. I seek information on notables past and present who have made a significant contribution and expression in all types of music. As well as broadcasters who advanced that music or became a part of our educational or recreational life.
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Pennsylvania will soon embark on a massive project to examine and promote the historical and cultural impact created by Pennsylvanian musicians and the influences from radio and TV in the Commonwealth. Music will include comprehensive looks of all forms and genres including sacred, secular and commercial. Spoken word and video/film talents will also be included and acknowledged before and after the first PA radio broadcast near Pittsburgh.
We have begun to raise the funds from individuals, corporations and foundations. Your verbal and financial support is needed and is important for this venture. Contributions can be sent to PMMBH c/o John DeSanto Mid Penn Bank 17 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
The new Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History (PMMBH) plans are currently a work in progress. Our first “building” is the World Wide Web. www.PMMBH.org Pennsylvanians have and will continue to make World Wide contributions to music and broadcasting innovation. It is my intent, through the guidance of the board, to be inclusive of existing music and broadcast museums through out the Commonwealth. Education will be the focus with the eventual inclusion of interactive exhibits, working television and radio studios, sound stage and a showcase of what Pennsylvanians’ have contributed to the world.
Our plans for the new PMMBH have received strong and enthusiastic support from both private and public sectors. We have begun receiving letters of support from musicians, broadcasters, family members and educators. Our plans are to soon make these letters known, so the growing vision can be shared with our contributors via our web page.
Please review and respond in support of the Pennsylvania Museum of Music & Broadcast History. A blog has been created for this purpose.
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Pennsylvania will soon embark on a massive project to examine and promote the historical and cultural impact created by Pennsylvanian musicians and the influences from radio and TV in the Commonwealth. Music will include comprehensive looks of all forms and genres including sacred, secular and commercial. Spoken word and video/film talents will also be included and acknowledged before and after the first PA radio broadcast near Pittsburgh at KDKA.



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At 11:13pm on June 2, 2010, bob studebaker said…
Bill, the Pittsburgh Foundation is looking for input on the WDUQ situation at their website http://blog.pittsburghfoundation.org/

They've been getting enough emails that they apparently have begun to see that jazz means more to Pittsburgh than they initially realized. Please offer them your thoughts and encourage others to do so too.
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At 4:29pm on April 2, 2010, Living Legends JaZzabrations said…
Good morning, Bill this is great info. please keep me posted and I will do the same. I will make connection with the State Director there in PA and see how we can move forward on collecting or contributing to the history of PA. Yours in jazz, Linda
At 11:11pm on January 27, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Bill,

Freddie is a native of Harlem, NYC. He has traveled the world several times and went to California with Mingus and got stuck there when he quit Mingus. He worked regularly in Northern CA for a good while then the work just dried up. Please feel free to post the blog on your page or network as you may have many members who are fans of Freddie.

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