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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 am a Alquippa PA native. I now reside in Silver Spring MD
About Me:
Janine Carter was introduced to gospel, Jazz and blues at a very early age by her parents and grandmother. This Pennsylvania native cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her very existence. She began her musical journey like so many contemporary artists as a member of the choir at her church in Aliquippa, PA. She also had the opportunity to expand on her solo performances as a member of the Bach Choir of PA which performed some of Broadways most exciting musicals. Janine continued to use the gift she was given to perform at various functions and special events until she relocated to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the summer of 1988. During the summer of 1996 Janine performed her debut concert in the DC area at New Genesis Baptist Church, this celestial songbird has been flying ever since.

Since 1998 Ms. Gilbert-Carter has performed with the Washington Performing Arts Society Men & Women of the Gospel Mass Choir and has shared the stage with notable artists such as Tramaine Hawkins, Oleta Adams, Regina Bell, Ann Nesby and Donnie McClurkin and Sweet Honey in the Rock for WPAS’s Annual Gospel concert held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Since September 2001 Janine has worked with local jazz musical talents Ronnie Wells-Elliston and Ron Elliston. Audiences have been delighted with her performances at leading DC jazz venues such as: The Mandarin Oriental, Kaufmann's, Laporta's, The Strathmore, Twins Jazz, The U Street Jazz series concerts held at the Islander in Washington DC, The FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival and the legendary Washington DC supper Club Blues Alley in addition to several prestigious White House Events.

Janine was a finalist in the 2003 FMJS competition, 2004 Mayor’s Billie Holiday vocal competition and a quarter finalist in the 2005 Americans traditions competition in Savannah, GA. Gilbert-Carter has also performed at many special events were she has shared the stage with area-wide jazz musicians like pianist Aaron Grave, Vince Smith, Eric Byrd, Chris Grasso and Ron Elliston; bassist Wes Biles, James King, Saxophonist Paul Carr and percussionist Nasar Abady, Jeff Neal and the late Ricy Loza and Mike Smith.

In 2006 Janine join the cast of “Sistas Can Sang, A Tribute to Female Jazz Legends” where she portrays the legendary Dinah Washington.

With the Release of A Song For You this will mark Janine’s Fourth exploration. She has released three previous CD’s in two different genres; (Jazz) In the Moment and (Gospel) God Spoke To Me and Janine Gilbert-Carter & Friends Live at the FMJS quarterly gospel concert. Janine’s prayer is to have a positive effect on all that hear her music and to exude the feeling of warmth and love through her music.

Honors and Awards:

*2007 Wammie Award Nominee for Best Jazz Vocalist

*2006 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Vocalist

*2006 Wammie award Nominee for Best Jazz Recording "A Song For You"

* 2006- Maryland Sate Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award in Solo Vocal Performance

* 2005- Quarter Finalist- Americas Traditions vocal competition Savannah, GA

* 2004- Finalist - Baltimore MD Mayor's Billie Holiday competition

* 2003 - Finalist - FMJS East Coast Jazz competition

* 2002 - Winner of The Absolute Jazz competition Wash. D.C.


*FMJS Jazz Scholarship Fund

*International Association for Jazz Education


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The Washington Area Music Awards nominates Janine Gilbert-Carter in the Jazz Vocalist Category

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 4:13pm 0 Comments

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23rd Annual Wammies

We are proud to announce that Jazz, Blues and Gospel recording artist Janine Gilbert-Carter has received a Wammie nomination for the the third year running in the Jazz Vocalist category. Please consider voting for Janine. You can listen to clips at or

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At 3:54pm on September 21, 2011, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Your Aliquippa concert was "fantabulous!"  Thank you for really bringing it to us.  Happy Birthday to You!
At 8:19am on August 23, 2011, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…

Dear Janine,

You are certainly a "Lady" of song, and beyond any words that I would say because they would be an understatement.   Keep on doing what you're doing.  I enjoy you much, and your musicians are outstanding too!   Wishing you God's best!  

At 5:41am on August 23, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Oh you're from Aliquippa! I love Tramaine Hawkins also and am still listening to your CDs you personally autographed so graciously. BLESS you and your voice. a fan named. kev
At 5:38am on August 23, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Janine,

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 - 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:

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:
Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.




P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want

At 4:39am on January 2, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Congratulations Janine. Happy New Year and may this be your best year ever. Keep holding he banner high as you do so well.
At 2:29pm on January 31, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hi Janine,

Wish I could have been there myself. I played that church with Count Basie in 1978. They have had a consistent jazz policy for many decades. If I were living in DC I would probably be a member. I truly enjoy the opportunity to discover and share outstanding talent that these networks permit and I'll continue to share your great talents with my friends all over the world. Consider me a permanent fan.
Peace & love,

At 1:54am on January 4, 2009, Kathleen Gorman said…
Hello Janine, Happy New Year.
I was just enjoying your amazing version of "Stormy Monday"and "At Last". What a powerful, soulful voice you have! I am truly inspired by your sound and musical presence. I will look for your latest CD on the internet.
Wishing you many blessings, joy and creativity in 2009.
At 10:20pm on September 26, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hi Janine
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
At 8:36pm on September 4, 2008, Diva JC said…
Janine, will you be a guest on my show, MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO at

I will need a copy of your CD, email me at

Diva JC
At 10:44pm on August 29, 2008, janice lee said…
Hi Janine, what a fabulous voice you have. I just added A t Last to my page. Wishing you a great weekend. God bless, Janice



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