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I'm a DJ, promoter and graphic designer primarily nowadays.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pgh Vinyl Convention debuts Saturday October 8th, 2011

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I'm collaborating with Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill to organize and promote Pittsburgh's newest record show, the Pgh Vinyl Convention, which is presented in association with the  VIA Music & New Media Festival 2011. VIA is a music festival that's going to be in East Liberty in October. Here goes the…

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Hey PJN Ppl,

I wanted to make everyone aware of this new project that I'm working on, I DIG PGH. It isn't exactly new because I started working on it 6 years ago, but I finally started making the info public last month. Anyhow, I've been collecting and researching local records for a while now, officially for the past 6 years I suppose. I guess I started accumulating them when I was 15. I'm creating a resource to document them now.… Continue

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Hey Pittsburgh Jazz Network. I uploaded a new mix last week. It's summer-themed and it's called The Kool-Aid Mix Vol. 1. Here goes more info:



For the most part this mix is kind of mellow/mid-tempo … definitely appropriate for the early hours of the cook out, or for when you’re chilling out and trying to enjoy the summer months. I had a lot of left over tracks and there’s lots of other tracks that I started coming up on once the mix was completed (some more obvious than others), so… Continue

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At 5:27am on August 6, 2011, A. Darrell Dunning said…
Type in Pyrymyd on Youtube, there are a few of their songs out there.
At 2:37am on June 16, 2011, A. Darrell Dunning said…

JM, The Ooh Baby Pamoja is not the same group. The Pgh, Pamoja began in Homewood with brothers Butch (guitar) and Michael (bass) and drummer Alvin Owens they added horns and percussion. The original name was "Upendo Ni Pamoja" (not to be confused with the 1971 Ramsey Lewis recording). They later merged with another band "Rah Herb" and formed Pyrymyd. They released 'Earthquake Shake' which got some airplay in Pgh then moved to LA in the late 70's hoping to make it big. Check Youtube there are a few of their cuts there.

DD

At 6:33am on June 11, 2011, A. Darrell Dunning said…
What up J. yea, those bands were poppin when I was in the Bugh. I actually played in a couple of them and had friends in a few others. Those were the good old days. I'm looking for an excuse to get back home, I don't have any more family there so it's a little more difficult. I definitely would like to check out the scene now or even get my current band booked in Pgh.
At 3:56pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi gave J. Malls a gift
At 3:55pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear J. Malls,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

New Website: http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.
At 5:14pm on January 2, 2010, JOHN PAPI said…
JMalls
Is it possible to add jp blues to your playlist with tri to wes, JP BLUES is being re done to come out in the spring as a tribute to Wendell Byrd.. thanks john papi
At 2:41am on July 23, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
HEY J

CHECK OUT THE SOUNDS ON MY SITE , LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING FOR YOUR GIGS.. JOHN PAPI
At 6:52pm on June 20, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Thanks J
I WOULD LIKE YOU TO LISTEN TO SOME OF OUR OTHER STUFF; MAYBE I COULD SEND YOU A CD... LET ME KNOW WHERE.. JOHN PAPI
At 5:28pm on March 9, 2009, selena brookins said…
thanks j for having me as a friend. I don't drink, and don't fancy going to bars, but ava's sounds like a winner. hope to see you there. again t.y.
At 3:26am on March 9, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi J.,

Thanks for adding me as a friend and for putting up photos with myself and Sean Jones.

Yeah, I miss hangin' out with yinz at AVA.

The big band I play in on Mon. started back up and we do paid gigs.

But thanks for keeping me in mind.

If I ever get a free Mon. I'll keep y'all in mind.

Keep the groove goin' at AVA.

That's really cool about all knds of heavyweight jazz cats are passin' through AVA.

Peace,
Ed Skirtich
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