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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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"watch the back light; have the window behind the camera and a dark wall or cloth behind Mr Turner. Notice how better the picture is when you crop the window out. Please turn the tv down next time too. Great information though. Very interesting.…"
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This is Pittsburgh's one and only home grown music-tech- radio conference. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.The Each One Teach One music and radio conference brings together incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Your participation in these conversations has been crucial. Our past conferences were held on the campus of…See More
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"Hello, Octavius, my name is Martin, and I am interested in finding lyricists to work with. you can hear some of my music at http://jazzburgher.ning.com/profile/martinthomas see you around town, Martin"
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I own and operate an audio/video studio(including a broadcast quality camera) and compose music in a wide variety of genres including jazz fussions. I play rhythm guitar and sing either solo or with groups. I also play piano, have a degree in comp/theory from Ohio Univ. and while in Los Angeles sang under the direction of Paul Salomunavich in the St Charles of Borromeo Choir who, among other events, sang for Pope John Paul II upon his arrival to the US.
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At 5:33pm on August 19, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Martin:

Link: http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.

Regards

Marta:)

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 12:07am on August 19, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin,

I like the rhythm of your music...!!!

Regards

Marta:)

At 11:09pm on August 18, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin,

Thanks for your comment...have you seen the¨ Minds of Glass¨ videos yet?

Marta:)

At 1:25am on August 18, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear martin ,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com
You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/
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Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).

MINDS OF GLASS http://www.meuse-rhine-journal.com/html/Lei_20101014112719.html


http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

http://www.fivegoldenstarsinternationalartgallery.com/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.


Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 10:39pm on August 17, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Martin,

You really have a knack as a songwriter, arranger and player.  Very original and tasty.  Your lyrics convey wonderl images and stories.  I plan to include your Pittsburgh song on the main network player as soon as I revise it.

At 3:33am on September 27, 2011, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. said…
Hey! Martin sorry if I am getting back to you so late but I was screening my e-mail and seen your invite, sure man any time as long as my schedule allows weekends are usually good for me. (rayme31@hotmail.com)
At 3:52am on December 16, 2010, Gary Tole said…

Martin, good for you! I had no idea you were from the "Burgh"! I see that we are going to be at Baldwin High School on October 30, maybe we can see each other there and catch up. Happy Holidays ~ Gary

At 5:54pm on December 13, 2010, Gary Tole said…

Long time ago...are you from Pittsburgh originally? Where do you live now? All My Best ~ Gary

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At 9:21pm on June 25, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Martin,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

New Website: http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

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