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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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"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 Miss aichasy"
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Jazz session with Eric Spaulding Quartet every Wednesday from 7-10 PM at Pangea in Shadyside

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Join us at Pangea in Shadyside for another night of jazz.  We hit from 7-10.  Get ready for the holidays by spending some time with us, some good music, and a glass of wine.See More
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Come join us at Pangea in Shadyside for live jazz this and every Wednesday in December. Musicians are welcome to bring their instruments.
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Come join me and my quartet at Pangea in Shadyside every Wednesday in December for some early evening jazz. Many of the shops are open late, and this is a great time to meet up for a drink or two and catch some good jazz. Musicians are welcomed bring your instrument and sit in during our second set.The band is myself on tenor, Carl Hildebrandt on upright bass, Vince Taglieri on drums, and Ron Wilson on guitar.Our special guest this Wednesday, December 8 is trumpeter Steve McKnight.This will be…See More
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At 10:21pm 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

Miss aichasy

At 2:15pm on September 3, 2009, Carmen Petote said…
I apologize, but don't remember if we've met. If not, that's cool. Post your gigs and I'll try to make some.
At 6:44pm on February 18, 2009, Matt Ferrante said…
There is some really good value in Morningside for housing. Great neighborhood!
At 5:39pm on February 18, 2009, Matt Ferrante said…
Hey Eric, I was at a beer tasting party with Mike Sweeny and he said you guys have been gigging together. I live a few doors down from Mike in Morningside.
At 12:22am on April 16, 2008, SANDY STALEY said…
HI ERIC,
THANKS FOR "BEFRIENDING" ME. LOVE BEING WITH THE NEXT
GENERATIONS OF JAZZ PLAYERS TO ENDURE THE LIFE FOR THE
SAKE OF THE MUSIC.......
WHEN I SEE YOU IN PERSON, I HAVE A VERY FUNNY STORY TO
TELL YOU ABOUT RED PRYSOCK... NOT SO FUNNY TO ME AT THE
TIME BUT NONETHELESS VERY FUNNY TO THE LISTENER....
STAY WELL AND HAVE FAITH IN YOUR MUSIC,
SANDY STALEY
At 2:21pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
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At 12:16am on March 28, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Eric. Nice jamming with you at the Adler After Church Revivals Take care, Dave
At 12:07am on March 22, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Eric,

The CD I mentioned is Dizzy Gillespie at Newport, 1992 and the song is Dizzy's Blues. Still don't know the tenor player but I'll let you know soon.
At 3:57pm on March 21, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Amen Eric, you're onto it! Bring that big sound to Ava. I am so glad that you have grabbed that secret. I always tease the young sax players when they pick up their horn to warm up. I tell them, "You just played more notes than I'm going to play all week." ;-) Their problem, I think, is that they only know how to play a note one way so they have to play a lot of notes to get something said. You wind up hearing all the scales and patterns but no message. I have a copy of a Dizzy Gillespie big band CD that I use to demonstrate with my students. I'm not sure who the tenor player is because I don't have the liner notes but they play an Ab blues and he solos on one note for 3 choruses and has the audience screaming in response. Right on my man.
At 7:51pm on March 20, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
so nice to see your name across my screen...it would be great to hear you play again....wishing you all good things!
Erin

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