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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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I Play a Hammond B3 and Keyboards. I have 47 years seat time on a B3. 30 years on drums. I play almost all style of music and love most styles as well. I like to jam with good musicians that know their ax and is well rounded in all styles of music. I really love to hear Kimberly DeVine sing as I play for her.

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At 5:25pm on May 21, 2010, SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX said…
Thanks for the kind words. Now lets get some photos and audio samples up of you and the Misses....'smiling'
At 3:22am on October 9, 2009, Keith Gamble said…
Thank you for the kind words indeed. I look forward to playing with you and just sitting back and doing some listening too! The Rare Form Band is the show! Hey don't bother bringing your bass amp for your left hand, feel free to use my amp again. Take care, see you Saturday...
At 1:08pm on September 23, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Buddy, it would be great to have you with us on Oct 2. The band area in Max's Ratskeller is very very small. If you can, bring the smallest outfit you can. Do you play accordian?
Dave
At 1:27pm on August 13, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Buddy. Glad to see you on jazzburgher and looking forward to this Sunday's open stage at the Around The Corner Bar in Millvale. Dave

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