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Gullifty's October Jazz Schedule

Event Details

Gullifty's October Jazz Schedule

Time: October 1, 2008 at 9pm
Location: Gullifty's Restaurant
Street: 1922 Murray Ave.
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map: http://www.gulliftysrestauran…
Phone: 412.521.8222
Event Type: Live, Jazz
Organized By: Mike Murray
Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2008

Event Description

I'll post these events individually, but I thought I should post the whole schedule to start.

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Comment by Phat Man Dee on October 1, 2008 at 6:42pm
I will be out of town most of this month, if you are hanging tonight, I may try to stop over.... it's nice to see more vocalists on the bill, maybe I will try to hit them up for a slot when I get home.
Comment by Ed Skirtich on September 29, 2008 at 10:58pm
Hi Mike,

That's great that your encouraging us jazz musicians to support each other by attending jazz venues like Gullifty's and CJ's.

We all have to work together and share the stage and the gigs with one another.

I use jam sessions as a tool to recruit folks into The Jazz Workshop, Inc. at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood.

It's also a great chance to play with other pro musicians and meet the up and coming college and high school kids as well.

Also, thanks for your contributions to Jazz Workshop, Inc.'s Family Night Concerts.

You can post these concerts on this web site.

If you need a trumpet player for jazz and blues gigs, don't hesitate to call.

Hang in there and keep swinging!

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
Comment by Mike Murray on September 26, 2008 at 4:16pm
This whole month is killing. Come out and support Gullifty's and the musicians playing there. The level of musicianship showcased in October is ridiculous. We should all consider ourselves lucky to have such a wealth of talent in this little town and do what we can to show our appreciation. Without a supporting community, clubs like this will continue to cancel music and our scene will suffer like many other cities. I'm grateful that Gullifty's continues to play host to the music we all love and hope to see as many of you out there to support what we're trying to do. Be sure to thank Jenn Mason for all her hard work and don't forget to come say hi to me, too.

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