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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.

 

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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NEW SONG,"AMAZING" by Fabian-produced by Dr.Leo Casino

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 3:46am 0 Comments

Please check out this newsong and artist on the Casino Bros. record label.Produced by Leo and I played the saxella .

My Professor, The Great Donald Byrd

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

Yvonne Warner Mar 08 2009 | Just Saying Hi

I was thinking about you

Namaste!Leo;

Your correspondence with Richard Smallwood was great to read and intersting;you and I have something very unique in"Donald Byrd". He use to be my babysitter when I was a little girl (7,8,9 y/0). His Aunt and my Mother were girlfriends and use to go stomping at the famous "Savoy" club in Harlem, NY and my Mother always left me with Donald. Let me tell you a funny story,but true. I would sit for hours… Continue

The WORLD OPINION OF PITTSBUGH

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 8:05pm 0 Comments

You go, Bro!



Seems like these brothers from Pittsburgh can't be stopped these days!



Thanks for the hedzup on this new film.



Every conscious and positive statement that can be made about and for Haiti is much needed, as much for us as for our legacy to future generations.



(Just this week I caught up to the September, 2008, issue of National Geographic -- a special on where food comes from, which has a brief but heart-wrenching article about the… Continue

MESSAGE TO LEO FROM CARLA SARKOZY, WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Carla Gilberta Bruni-Sarkozy wrote at 4:21pm
Leo, very nice to make your acquaintance. I am always interested in charity work and would be happy to attend one of your events if circumstances allow. Please email me with dates and times as far in advance as possible and I will have my staff review the event and my availability. Kind regards, Carla

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO STOP THE YOUTH VIOLENCE

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 6:33pm 0 Comments

Hello my sister,

I MOST DEFINITELY will sign it and I am so proud of you for taking the time to give back.



Last night I received a call at 11pm from a young sister in Pittsburgh who was supposed to appear in my last film in Pittsburgh. The sister's name is Nikiesha Warren, her ex boyfriend stabbed and killed her 14 year old son and her 18 year old daughter.He savagely stabbed and beat her and left her for dead.



The ex boyfriend was a decorated Iraq war veteran with… Continue

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At 8:31pm on August 19, 2013, Aicha said…

Hello Dear, I will like to get acquainted with You, I have something Special to share with You, Contact me via email aichasy97@yahoo.com

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At 10:04pm on January 14, 2010, Shawn Cohen said…
Hello Dr. Leo, Thanks for asking to be my friend on this lovely jazz network. Wishing you all the best from London :-) Shawn
At 11:33pm on August 31, 2009, Garl Germany III said…
Hope all is well Leo,
Their is a 5th Ave HS reunion this weekend at Highland Part will you be thier. Garl
At 7:56am on January 16, 2009, Pieronymus said…

At 9:10am on January 2, 2009, LINDA ASSOCIATION SOUL JAZZ said…
Wishing you a healthy Happy New Year with lots of love and prosperity.
At 3:47am on January 2, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Leo,

Wow! You are soooo right. George Green and I cut our musical teeth together in the Beethoven Bebops along with Jerry Byrd, John Heard, Allen Blairman, Richard Gaither, Roscoe Vire, etc. we all said the very same thing when we first heard Trane... "he sounds just like George Green."
At 6:58pm on December 13, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Leo,
I just got back home so I had a chance to listen to your music. I love your warm sound. I wish you continued success in everything that you do!
Amanda
At 12:06am on December 11, 2008, Linda Dachtyl said…
Thanks for the friendship, Dr. Leo.
At 9:38am on December 8, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Leo,
the honor would be mine.
I think this is what this music is for, speaking through and for those who do not have the vocabulary but whose wisdom, joy and suffering we are here to give voice to. Thank you so much for your encouragement! I feel blessed that we are all here to do this together.
Amanda
At 3:26pm on December 6, 2008, Amanda Sedgwick said…
Dear Dr Casino, thank you so much for your request. I´m not at a computer with speakers, I´m looking forward to hearing your music. However, I was so moved and inspired by reading about your work of love and reaching out to your community. I wish you all the strength in your continued work. Have a blessed day.
Amanda

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