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Though I grew up in Maryland, my family has been in Pittsburgh since 1906 when my grandmother came off the boat from Russia at age 6. I have lived in Pittsburgh since 1996. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Business Administration in 2001. I currently reside in Upper St. Clair with my wife and daughter.
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Gene Ludwig, Dr. James Johnson, Roger Humphries, John D'Amico, Virgil Walters, Erin Burkett, Dwayne Dolphin, George Jones, Dr. Nelson Harrison, Sean Jones, Ken Karsh, Chris Hemingway, Max Leake, Mike Murray, Spider Rondinelli, Sandy Staley, Alton Merrell, Lily Abreu, Eric Suesoff, Olga Watkins and the Soul Kitchen Band, Eric DeFade, Scott Anderson, Jimmy Ponder, Howie Alexander, Poogie Bell, Tony Campbell, Skip Peck, Frank Cunimondo... and whoever else I am missing.... sorry!
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I play piano, Hammond organ and keys. Outside of jazz, I am also into funk, soul, fusion, jam bands, gospel and blues, too. In Pittsburgh, I have studied under Dr. James Johnson, Gene Ludwig and Bob Doak. I have a long ways to go and am still very much a work in progress. I don't do music for a living, but mostly love the freedom to play on different projects, start up new bands, put original stuff out there, and overall pursue what interests me musically without regard to earning an income from it to whoever is interested. Some of my influences include Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, George Duke, Joe Zawinul, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Joey D, Stevie Wonder, Monk, Herbie, McCoy and too many others to list.
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Pittsburgh Jazz Jam Sessions -- Can We Create A Guide To Them?

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 3:00am 0 Comments

First of all, I am so impressed with the effort that Dr. Nelson Harrison has made into this community and the quality of the content and people that are coming here to support it! Thanks to all of you for letting me know a little more about yourselves here.



One of the things that I would like to learn more about is what jam sessions there are in Pittsburgh. My interests span a variety of music from jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues and jam band styles. I know there are great places to… Continue

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At 4:25pm on March 28, 2009, Janelle Burdell said…
Good to hear from you and that all is good! WOrking more than I have in 2.5 years back now! Yea... Jst opened ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Playhouse but heading back to CLO Cab for tribute to Frank SInatra, MY WAY Easter week thru mid May. Alll the while doing CHarloites Web for Playhouse's CHildren's Theater in the days! WHeee! HAve fun today! Love, -j
At 10:24pm on September 23, 2008, Miss Freddye said…
Hey Jeff! Thank you so much for the jam on sunday!!!! You and Dave are great!!! we have to do that again!!!!!!!
At 7:46pm on August 14, 2008, Adam Brock said…
Hey Jeff!
I actually got someone already for that day...but since we only live a few minutes apart we need to meet up sometime and chat! I will be having some more gigs I may need you for! I will keep you posted and give you a call when they come up! thanks so much.
Adam
At 3:49pm on August 11, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
jus' hit town. mickey who....? dble diaper duty? hahaha! ;)
glad you are well. hope to get out some to play over the next few weeks too. holla back ~
At 8:03pm on July 19, 2008, Gene Ludwig said…
Hi Jeff, Big congratulations on the twins, many blessings to you all. I am doing great, feeling fine. I hope you enjoy a great summer and enjoy your wonderful happy family. Gene
At 9:21pm on July 17, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
Hey,
We will be playing at the Edgewood Country Club this Friady 7 to 11----open to the public.
Virgil
At 9:13pm on July 16, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hi Jeff,
I look forward to hearing and seeing you soon. I've always heard wonderful things about you.....so happy to be friends!
Donna
At 5:47pm on July 16, 2008, Erin Burkett said…
nope...just lots of black coffee. I miss you, my friend! Glad to see your name across my screen. (what, no epic email?! ) :)
At 9:59am on May 20, 2008, Justin Brown said…
Hey Jeff,

Things are going good and looking forward to playing with you again. I really dig your style and sound. Ill be in touch.


J
At 3:58pm on April 2, 2008, Linda Jones said…
Hi Jeff, good to see you here, how are you doing?

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