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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 1:33pm on February 8, 2010, Lindsley W. Love said…
Larry, Nice to hear from you. I thought about asking Lou about your whereabouts but I don't hear from hom anymore. I am not sure how this works for sending email. I still play too. I live in Bloomfield. My email address is lindsleylove@hotmail.com. Let me know what's up...Cheers, Lindsley
At 7:06am on February 8, 2010, Larry Stefl said…
Hey Lindsley! How are you? I am living in Oakland and teaching Art in Berkeley. Still playing
guitar and have been very interested in Brazilian music in recent years. Check out my web site at
www.larrystefl.com. Best wishes! Larry Stefl
At 8:03pm on November 6, 2009, Moe Seager said…
Hey Lindsley,

How goes it? My music is on my page of the PJN. Check it out. I stay in touch with Mark Anderson, he lives in Portland.
Ciao for now.
Moe
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At 11:52pm on February 26, 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 details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 1:56am on August 7, 2008, Moe Seager said…
Hi Lindsley,
Glad to note you on this Burgh jazz community site. If you check out me, you'll see Marc Anderson. I come through town a few times a year. I hope we get a chance to hook up.
Ciao for now.
Moe
Paris
At 2:58am on February 7, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Thanks Lindsley,

This month is jammed because I just started teaching 3 courses. We will definitely take you up on that. soon.
At 4:01am on February 5, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Lindsley,

Welcome, I knew that you could dig it.

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