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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pgh Vinyl Convention debuts Saturday October 8th, 2011


Hello everyone,
I'm collaborating with Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill to organize and promote Pittsburgh's newest record show, the Pgh Vinyl Convention, which is presented in association with the  VIA Music & New Media Festival 2011. VIA is a music festival that's going to be in East Liberty in October. Here goes the flier and the press release. If anyone is interested in being a vendor email us at Hope to see you there one way or another! Thanks, J

Pittsburgh's newest record show, the Pgh Vinyl Convention, debuts on Saturday October 8th, 2011 in conjunction with the VIA Music and New Media Festival 2011 in East Liberty.

VIA is # 5 on Resident Advisor's top ten festivals list – its debut last year boasted over 2,000 attendees – and this year promises to be ... even bigger.

More information about the VIA Music and New Media Festival 2011 is available at:

The Pittsburgh Vinyl Convention is at the same building as the VIA festival – 6022 Broad Street in East Liberty – but is in its own space with its own entrance at 162 Sheridan Street.


Saturday October 8th, 2011 9 am - 5 pm
162 Sheridan Ave. (East Liberty)
entrance directly to the right of Domino's Pizza

early admission 9 am - 10 am, $10
general admission 10 am - 5 pm, $3

This is an ALL AGES event appropriate for the entire family.

Dealers will load in around the corner at 6022 Broad St. There's an elevator at this entrance. Parking for dealers is located around the corner across from the main entrance on Sheridan Ave.
- Load in for dealers starts at 8 am
- Table fee is $40 per table (at this time there is no limit on number of tables per dealer). A $20 down payment per table will be required with the total balance due the day of the convention.

This is a new record show and we're aware that it's coming together right under the wire, but there are perks:

In addition to the influx of people who will be traveling to Pittsburgh for VIA, there is also another record show, the Pittsburgh Record Fest, going on the same night (Saturday October 8th) at a nearby venue, Belvedere's in Lawrenceville. There is no fee to be a vendor at Pittsburgh Record Fest. These two shows falling on the same day offers unprecedented incentive for potential attendees and vendors to travel to Pittsburgh to buy/sell records. For more information about Pittsburgh Record Fest contact Jason Baldinger (underwaterculprit@hotmail
.com) or
Max Terasavro (

For more information about The Pittsburgh Vinyl Convention, or to be a vendor contact us at:

Thank you for reading and supporting,
J. Malls (I DIG PGH) and Mike Seamans (Mind Cure Records)

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