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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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Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, Pittsburgh Opera, Latin American Cultural Union, Center for Latin American Studies and Hispanic Languages and Literatures at University of Pittsburgh.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Eric Susoeff, Dwayne Dolphin, Eric deFade, James Johnson III, Marty Ashby, Craig Davis, Jeff Grubbs, Tony dePaulis, Paul Thompson, Mark Lucas, Brian Stahursky, Tom Wendt, George Jones, Nelson Harrison, Rick Purcell, Steven Vance,
Maureen Budway, David Budway, Kenia, Daphne Alderson, and many, many, many other talented musicians I have the privilege to work with.
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CLO Cabaret
About Me:
I am a happy Brazilian mother of two college kids, that loves to sing and to teach. Love classical and popular music, and am happy singing a recital of Brazilian songs about the Amazon or some of the many gems by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Love going to work everyday :-)
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My Artistic Photographers

I get a lot of compliments on my photos and would like to say that the recent pictures were taken by two wonderful professionals: Amy Rogers ( and Eliezer Barros ( Nothing like having an artistic team working to capture the best in you. Thank you Amy and Eliezer!!

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At 8:28pm on August 31, 2009, GITO SALES said…
At 1:47am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 4:38pm on November 3, 2008, Eric Susoeff said…

"I know you will enjoy listening to this CD as much as I enjoyed being part of it.
You will hear 14 of the greatest classic Brazilian songs sung beautifully by the multi-talented vocalist Lilly Abreu. Lilly is like two singers in one, able to swing with the coolest bossa nova (check out the very romantic So Em Teus Bracos) as well as sing gloriously in a more chamber music like setting (Carinhoso is off-the hook!!!), she can samba like crazy too (you will not be able to hold still to Samba Da Minha Terra). The CD grooves start to finish thanks to all the fine musicians on the disc, present are; Dwayne Dolphin, James Johnson III, Eric DeFade, Alton Merrell, Jay & Lucas Ashby, David Ganc, Anne Williams and myself Eric Susoeff.
Thanks for considering buying this disc, if you love Brazilian Jazz you will not be disappointed."
At 2:42am on July 27, 2008, Patrick Susoeff said…
At 4:20pm on July 16, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Hi Lilly!! Have not gotten out to hear you sing in too long. Miss it! My wife is due with identical twins this winter and I will soon have my hands full... family is growing fast! Hope you are having a great summer. -J
At 4:17am on July 5, 2008, Lilly Abreu said…
I've been teaching Portuguese on Mon-Sat at the Governor School (Pitt) and working on a new cd with Brazilian songs :-)
At 12:24am on July 5, 2008, Jeff Lashway said…
Hey hey! Nice to "see" you. Where ya hiding these days?
At 7:35pm on June 3, 2008, Lilly Abreu said…
Thank you for your comment Devorah. I recorded Sabia here in Pittsburgh. The arrangement is by Eric Susoeff and the string quartet is the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
I am in a process of updating my website and this way you can check for my concerts when you are back in the "Burgh".
At 4:31pm on June 3, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
Hi Lily
You sound just beautiful
thanks for posting your recordings
love the string arrangement on Sabia. Did you record that in Pgh?
Look forward to hearing you again next time I'm in Pgh
Last time was quite a while ago
At 6:14pm on June 2, 2008, Diva JC said…
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