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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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JazzLive Jam Session,9/9/08 Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Event Details

JazzLive Jam Session,9/9/08  Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Time: September 9, 2008 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Agnes R. Katz Plaza
Street: 655 Penn Avenue
City/Town: pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-456-6666
Event Type: Jam, Session
Organized By: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: Sep 5, 2008

Event Description

This summer has been the best yet for JazzLive, jazz at Katz Plaza. I’d like to thank all of you that work with us to bring your great sound to the crowds that fill the Plaza every Tuesday evening. Our end of summer jam session will be on September 9, 2008 at Katz Plaza at 5pm. The Jam will be hosted by Dr. Nelson Harrison. PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!!!!! Also, pick up a copy of the group photo that we took last April during National Jazz Appreciation Month. If you were in the photo, I have a copy for you! Just stop down on September 9th to pick it up. I have 5 X 7 copies of both shots: one taken on the night of the HORN SECTION performance and Teenie Harris picture party, and one taken on the last night of shows in April, taken before Sean Jones performance.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 5, 2008 at 2:19am
I have been fortunate to enlist the services of esteemed colleagues Howie Alexander - piano, Jeff Grubbs - bass, and Poogie Bell - drums to join me as the house band. There will be many surprises on this program so be there if you can.

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