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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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Posted on June 1, 2009 at 8:19pm 0 Comments

If someone can get in touch with Sandy Staley and or George or Eric from Salsamba would you Please ask them to contact me or Harold at ASAP the Jazz Workshop,Inc would like to book them. Thanks.
Peace & Blessings

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At 4:20am on January 16, 2010, KENIA said…
So sorry I didn't respond sooner. I never come here, shame on me :-( Glad we connected anyway. I will respond to your email this week. It all seemed to be good.
At 5:09am on April 27, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Felicia,

It's great to see you on this network.

This is one of the best sights for musicians.

You can advertise Jazz Workshop, Inc. as much as you want.

Also, for your profile you can write about all the musicians who you sit in with, and who your favorite musicians are.

You can also let people you sing with groups.

Folks, if your reading this, Felicia is a terrific singer. Please give her a call to sing with your band.

Thanks for always bein' behind me through my bad times and good times.

I hope all your dreams come true.

Your Friend,

Ed Skirtich
At 8:25pm on April 10, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It' good to see you here Felicia.

Best Wishes,

At 7:35pm on April 8, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Felicia,

You can now post the Family Night concerts here and I'll blast them out to the membership. You can also send a blast to your own email list of non-members from this page. Please list each night separately so it can be featured at the proper time. Thank you for joining.



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