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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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4th Annual FREE Jazz-Poetry Concert

Event Details

4th Annual FREE Jazz-Poetry Concert

Time: September 13, 2008 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: New Hazlett Theatre
Street: Allegheny Center complex
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-320-4610
Event Type: Concert, to, protect, and, showcase, endangered, literary, voices
Organized By: Debi Sciranka
Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2008

Event Description

This is an annual FREE concert and was voted as the #1 Jazz concert of the year last year by Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Presented by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
Featuring the world premiere of "What is Home?"


JAZZ-POETRY CONCERT: Jazz-Poetry Concert turns Sampsonia Way -- a tiny inner-city alley on Pittsburgh's North Side -- into a site of world-class performances spanning the disciplines of art, literature and music. The Concert promotes awareness of increasing global repression of literary writers, and showcases inter-cultural, multi-disciplinary collaborations with multi-cultural perspectives. Because of expected rain the event has been moved to the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side

See for directions.

For this day, Pittsburgh is the center of the world, when it comes to defending and exemplifying free expression.


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Comment by Debi Sciranka on September 13, 2008 at 3:39am
Because of rain the event has been moved to the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side see -- for directions.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 1, 2008 at 3:40am

Listing the artists in the comment box is actually quite adequate because everyone who reads the announcement will also read the comment. now you can use the invite function to send this posting to your entire email list.
Comment by Debi Sciranka on August 31, 2008 at 5:27am
Here are the featured artists for the concert.

We are also looking for volunteers for the event and to ride the musicians to and from the airport.
In interested in volunteering, please contact me at - thanks - Debi

2008 Jazz-Poetry Concert Featured Artists


OLIVER LAKE: Composer, musician, poet, painter and performance artist, Lake is a featured artist on more than 50 recordings. He is an explosively unpredictable soloist, known for his piercing, bluesy saxophone trademark. Lake has created chamber pieces for the Arditti and Flux String Quartets, arranged music for Bjork, Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest, collaborated with poets Amiri Baraka and Ntozake Shange, choreographers Ron Brown and Marlies Yearby and actress/author Anna Devere Smith. He is co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet and Trio 3 and leads his Steel Quartet and Big Band.

OLIVER LAKE JAZZ QUINTET: The quintet is a two-generation band, with Lake's sons Gene (on drums) and DJ Jahi Sundance (on turntables), along with Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and organist Jared Gold on the Hammond B-3 organ.

FLUX QUARTET: Tom Chiu (violin), Pauline Kim (violin), Max Mandel, (viola), and Ha-Yang Kim (cello) are the members of Flux Quartet. Flux has performed to rave reviews at many music centers around the world. It has appeared at Da Camera of Houston, Miller Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall’s When Morty Met John Festival. FLUX’s numerous radio credits include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. Its growing discography includes recordings by composers Michael Byron, Annie Gosfield, and bagpipe virtuoso Matthew Welch.


GERALD STERN: was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1925. His honors include the Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005, Stern was selected to receive the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry. Stern was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006
LYNN EMANUEL: is a long-time Pittsburgh resident and the author of three books of poetry: Then, Suddenly was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets; The Dig (1992), and Hotel Fiesta (1984). Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Emanuel is currently a Professor of English and teaches in the Creative Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.
TERRANCE HAYES: Terrance Hayes was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1971. He is the author of Wind in a Box, Hip Logic , which won National Poetry Series, and Muscular Music, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry selection, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Pittsburgh.


Roman Antopolsky: was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. He is the author of two books of poetry, Ádelon and Cythna en red, and translations of poetry and non-fiction into Spanish from Russian, German, and English. His poetry in English and Spanish has recently appeared in Conjunctions, Zoland, Mandorla, Mar con Soroche, Tsé-Tsé, and Cipher, among others. He has lived in Pittsburgh since 2007.
Cvetka Lipuš: was born in Austria and studied Slavic languages and comparative literature at the

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