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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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Pillow Project presents Second Saturdays : Silent Saturday

Event Details

Pillow Project presents Second Saturdays : Silent Saturday

Time: September 13, 2008 at 8pm to September 14, 2008 at 12am
Location: Above Construction Junction in Point Breeze
Street: 214 N. Lexington St.
City/Town: Pgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.225.9269
Event Type: Dance, Show, Gallery, Exhibition, Photography
Organized By: The Pillow Project
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2008

Event Description

The Pillow Project (Dance Company) presents -

"The Silent Saturday"
– the show guaranteed to play all of your favorite music –
Bring your own mp3 player or personal music device and experience the multimedia art and performances of The Pillow Project and company in a truly unique way!


Saturday, September 13 8:00pm-midnight
at The Space Upstairs
$5 suggested donation at the door


Inspired by the idea of Pittsburgh's signature First Friday events and the success of last year's by volume series, The Pillow Project has begun our own program known as Second Saturdays - a new performance-based, gallery-style monthly happening dedicated to casually and informally showcasing the current work, repertoire, collaborations and/or experimental material of The Pillow Project and our monthly dance/multimedia guest artist(s) in our uniquely hip, art-lounge atmosphere.


September's Second Saturday proudly features:
-----------Pittsburgh choreographer, Mary Miller of Mary Miller Dance Company
-----------Performances by LABCO Dance
-----------Percussively-choreographed juggling by Michael Karas
-----------'Canvas choreography' by Abby Gleason
-----------The premiere of original projection-performances by The Pillow Project's videographer, Jessi Sedon, and choreographer, Pearlann Porter.


Also featuring photography exhibits by:
-----------Aaron Jackendoff
-----------Derek Stoltz


Live music throughout the evening.

*REMEMBER to bring your own personal music device to this last event of the 2008 Second Saturdays series!


The Space Upstairs is located in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze (214 N. Lexington Street, IN THE RED DOOR at the junction of Thomas Blvd. and N. Lexington St.).... right off of Penn Ave, so very easy to get to by bus (71C or 67A/E/F/J outbound - get off at Penn & Lexington), with plenty of on-street parking and a gated lot.





Note : If you show up later around 9ish or so your are more likely going to be able to get in right away because capacity fills up fast.

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