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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.

 

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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CJ's Proudly Brings Back The Saturday Afternoon Jam Session w/ Tony Campbell at CJ's 2911 Penn Ave.(in the strip district)

May 7, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8pm
CJ's in the strip proudly brings back the Saturdayafternoon Jam Session w/ Tony CampbellTony Campbell - SaxHowie Alexander - PianoJames Johnson III - DrumsJerermy McDonald - BassSee More
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Performance at Morgan's Restaurant at Penn Hills

October 1, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm
Please join me and Cross Culture for enjoyable music and great food.I will be playing at Morgan's Restaurant 204 Rodi Road Penn Hills PA.15235.We will play from 8:00-10:00pm.Free admission and great food.I hope to see all of you this Friday Oct.1st.CalvinSee More
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Unsung Heroes Jazz Concert at Laketon Heights United Methodist Church-Penn Hills 15235

September 19, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm
Laketon Heights United Methodist Church presents the Unsung Heroes Jazz Concert Sun.Sept.19th at 5.00pm.Thechurch address is 9601 Frankstown Ave Pgh PA.15235.This years honorees are Mark Strickland-guitar and Jay Willis -saxophone.Suggested donation is $5.00 and all proceeds willbenefit the youth ministries at the church.I hope to see all of you.Cross Culture Jazz Group will accompany the honorees.See More
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THE SEAN JONES SHOW AT LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB & RESTAURANT PRESENTS: THIS WEEKS SPECIAL GUESTS ARE JEFF GRUBBS AND MIKE MURRAY at LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB & RESTAURANT 949 LIBERTY AVENUE UPPERLEVEL

July 6, 2010 at 9pm to July 7, 2010 at 12:30am
THE HOTTEST SHOWS IN TOWN ARE AT LITTLE'S JAZZ CLUB & RESTAURANT. LITTLE E'S JAZZ CLUB IS PROUD TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING EMERGING MUSICIANS IN AND OUT OF PITTSBURGH:WE ARE PROUD TO HOST FOR THE THIRD YEAR THE DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE!!!UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MR. SEAN JONES. COME AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF JAZZ. WHO MIGHT THEY BE.  PERHAPS THE NEXT SEAN JONES, DWAYNE DOLPHIN, TOM WENDT,OR TONY CAMPBELL MIGHT BE AMONGST THESE YOUNG GUNS ONLY AT LITTLE E'S "WHERE…See More
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