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AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS

BOYS CHOIR AFRICA SHIRTS
 
 
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THE STRONG CARD

PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

    MARY LOU WILLIAMS     

            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

January 2011 Blog Posts (20)

Gypsy Piano Blues Music Mondays

Gypsy Piano Blues Music Monday WomensRadio@WomensRadio Carson City NVhttp://bit.ly/wr-mm-2011-06

Added by Gypsy Piano Blues on January 31, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Tomorrow Fri Jan 28, Mandee w/ Flamenco Pittsburgh & Bridge City Bombshells!

It's cold outside, so I suggest we all get together and do one of 3 things....

A.) Wander around downtown in the Cultural District and celebrate how incredibly amazing our art, music and dance scene is.....

or

B.) Head over to Belvedere's in Lawrenceville and watch pretty girls take off their clothes in an an incredibly artful and sexy fashion

or

C.) Pretend you're Phat Man Dee and do both.....



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Added by Phat Man Dee on January 27, 2011 at 9:22pm — No Comments

3RD ANNUAL BLUES BLOWOUT

THE 3RD ANNUAL BLUES BLOWOUT IS COMING SOON. THIS IS AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT IS SPONSORED BY THE NON-PROFIT GROIP P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (PROTECT AND RESTORE THE ORDER OF MANKIND WITH THE INITIATIVE TO SERVE ELDERS). THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE' AT STATION SQUARE. P.R.O.M.I.S.E. IS A NON-PROFIT 501C3 GROUP THAT WAS FORMED ON THE NORTH SIDE DUE TO THE GUN VIOLENCE. "OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THOUGH MENTORING AND…

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Added by Muddy Kreek Blues Band on January 27, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Olhos de luar_Sidnei Piedade

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Added by Sidnei Piedade on January 24, 2011 at 11:34pm — No Comments

All I Am - Lil Reese Promo



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Added by Gansta Marcus on January 22, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments

MLK

I was told by a good friend that Rev. Dr. MLK traveled with a band but non us us could locate info on them. Does anyone know the identities of those musicians?

Added by Barry Boyd on January 18, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments

NASHVILLE BATTLE OF THE BLUES!!

Added by Mandy Mason on January 18, 2011 at 8:59am — No Comments

WDUQ IS SOLD: Voice your opinion here.

 

WDUQ sold, for much less than its owner sought

BY CHRIS POTTER

 

Well, it could have been a worse. A lot worse. Duquesne University could have sold WDUQ-FM --…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2011 at 2:30am — 11 Comments

DR KING SPEAKS ABOUT JAZZ

 

I know a lot of you have probably read this before but I wanted to post it today. Remember...to fulfill the dream you have to live up to and help keep the promises you make.

 

Kevin

 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- Opening speech at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival



Humanity and the Importance of Jazz



"God has brought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his

creatures with the capacity to create - and from this capacity…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 18, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Vento e mar_Sidnei Piedade

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Added by Sidnei Piedade on January 15, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Evelyn Blakey, Art Blakey's first child, born in Pittsburgh passes

Evelyn Blakey passed away last week and confirmed with Takashi Buhaina Blakey, who is Art's son and Evelyn's half brother.



  Evelyn is the first child of the late, great Jazz drummer, Art Blakey. Born in Pittsburgh, she moved to Harlem in 1948 when she was 10 years old to grow up amongst all the music and musical giants living and playing in post WW2 NYC .





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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2011 at 2:38am — 2 Comments

And All That Jazz

All that Jazz

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2011 at 2:32am — No Comments

Interval at Ava Lounge: Monday night Jam Sessions approaches 4th year.

Jazz finds a new home at Ava Lounge
Monday, August 13, 2007

Sitting in a chair just outside the entrance of the Ava Lounge, Garland Rose is reminded of the old days when clubs dotted the streets of East Liberty and the energy and sounds of trumpets and trombones, saxophones and drums filled the air in a joyful…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2011 at 2:28am — No Comments

Band salutes Walt Harper in Highland Park concert

Monday, August 13, 2007

 

Rebecca Droke, Post-Gazette …

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2011 at 2:22am — No Comments

Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude



Goodfellows: Grandparents instill spirit of voluntarism, gratitude…
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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 8, 2011 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh

Howdy,

My first blog post on the "Network", whoo hoo! (thank you, thank you very much) Just wanted to make sure everybody knows about this new grant program, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh. Obviously, jazz qualifies! I think it's exciting and important for us to help this program succeed by stepping up to the plate, submitting strong applications to match strong programs.

 

First deadline is February 14. Check out the info here:…

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Added by Maggie Johnson on January 8, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

International Mural to tour around the world since September 11, 2011.

 



By the way, I was invited to take part with my work in an international mural which will tour around the world since September 11, 2011. It will travel from Ontario to Italy (Rome), stopping at New York,New Jersey,  somewhere in Florida, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, France and the UK.



Each artist will be assigned a piece of the giant puzzle to make use of a specific colour range and then the…

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on January 4, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Searching for info

My name is Christopher Spencer. My father was a Jazz Musician in Pittsburgh named Scipio Spencer. He passed away in 1997, at that time I had moved to Houston Tx. Im trying to find out information on just how involved and what impact my Father had on the Jazz scene in the city. My father played the piano, and I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps in that area. If there is anyone out there that may have known my father and might can give me some insight on this matter please contact…

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Added by Christopher Spencer on January 4, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Dr. Billy Taylor: You Know How It Feels To Be Free

This piece was posted on my friend Dr. Mark Anthony Neal's blog and posted to the Soul Patrol Daily Digest which I receive

 

Dr. Billy Taylor: You Now Know How It Feels to be Free

by Onaje Allan Gumbs

http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/12/onaje-allan-gumbs-reflects-on-dr-billy.html



Dr. Billy Taylor was a mentor and a…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 4, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Dr. Billy Taylor RIP

There are two excellent pieces about Dr. Taylor. I had written a piece about him in the Courier but can't locate it at the moment. I'm also very surprised that no one up to this point has written anything about him on this Jazz Network. Shame on you all.

 

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This following article was sent to me today by my friends Mr. Fred Logan and Mensah Wali. It is by Stanley Crouch who I usually don't agree with but I'm in agreement here.

 

Billy…

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Added by Kevin Amos on January 4, 2011 at 2:38am — No Comments

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