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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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At 6:38pm on January 6, 2010, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Kevin,

Happy New Year!

I wanted to invite you to our Jazz Workshop, Inc. Jazz Ensemble rehearsal every Sat. from 3 PM to 4:30 PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood Auditorium on 7101 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Thanks,

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
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(412) 422-4149 (H)
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At 1:06am on May 21, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Kevin,

I'm sorry to hear about Randy Purcell.

Randy was a good friend of mine too.

I called up the funeral home on where Randy's gonna be laid out and they don't know anything about this.

I was wanting to know if you could pass on any info. to me on where Randy's gonna be laid out at the funeral home.

Also, if you need to talk to me about losing Randy, please call me anytime.

I've always enjoyed working with you and have such a special way of putting a smile on my face and making me laugh.

It's up to us now to spread Randy's legacy onto others.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Ed Skirtich
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At 8:50pm on December 22, 2008, Abby E. Gross said…
Hey kevin! great to talk to you again. Sean killing is an understatement haha! I have a facebook so add me! Have a great holiday, see you soon!
At 4:16pm on August 2, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Hey man...cool you're living in town. I'm splitting time between Bville and Lawrenceville...we'll hafta hang!
At 3:34am on July 29, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Hey Kev! What's up? Where ya hiding these days? We gotta do lunch when you're home.
At 5:57am on July 23, 2008, Angela Abadilla said…
Gee Kevin...I am so glad to see you here. Let's keep in touch. Angela
At 1:35pm on July 22, 2008, Roger Dannenberg said…
Hi Kevin, you sounded great Sunday.
At 6:40am on July 22, 2008, SANDY STALEY said…
GLAD TO SEE THE JAZZ TORCH PASSED TO YOUNG,
TALENTED PLAYERS.. PART OF LEARNING IS TO PASS ON
WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED . ALWAYS SHARE KNOWLEDGE .. HOPE TO HEAR YOUR BIG BAND LIVE
SOON.
At 2:39am on July 22, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hey Kevin,
So good to hear from you, my friend!
Can't wait to hear you play again.
Donna
At 7:57pm on July 8, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Kevin,

Welcome to Web 2.0 and a supercharged capability for networking. You have done quite well with your other pages. If you do a fraction as much on this platform, you'll be amazed at the results. Browse the network and see the history and wealth of information already here about all the things you missed because you are so young. ;-) Check out the sounds too.
 
 
 

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