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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?

 

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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.

 

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i am a great singer and i can play the violin good i can also dance good and i like to cheer and and hang out with friends and but i like to be by my self alot to but there is only one person i like to hang out with and that is my bffl Ashley. and i soon want to be and actress and singer perfeshinal
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At 12:19am on March 1, 2009, Ashley said…
HELLO? KNOCK, KNOCK? gess no one there 8^( me sad now, u make me sad, (jokin) 8^(
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At 12:15am on March 1, 2009, Ashley said…
do u like my new pic.?
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At 12:14am on March 1, 2009, Ashley said…
u there?
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At 12:11am on March 1, 2009, Ashley said…
i don't lno if kobie and annie wood get along plus im scared 2 ask in front of scott
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At 12:06am on March 1, 2009, Ashley said…
hey wut up
At 3:15pm on February 24, 2009, tim max said…
HELLO !!!!!!!!!!
At 4:02am on February 23, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Christy,

You are helping us grow our student membership. You will meet your musical peers from around the world and will be able to share your experiences with each other. Please help us recruit your fellow musicians from school. there's lots of good things to learn and experience here and it is your heritage. the network media will never provide you with the unique offerings we have here. Thank you for joining.
At 2:06am on February 23, 2009, Ashley said…
Hey christy,
I will send you a freind message. also, you spelled dance wrong on your page, u speled dace, just a heads up!!
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