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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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"INTERVAL" Mondays at AVA Lounge

Event Details

"INTERVAL" Mondays at AVA Lounge

Time: April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm
Location: East Liberty
Street: Highland Ave
Event Type: Show, and, Session
Organized By: Howie Alexander
Latest Activity: May 12, 2008

Event Description

Howie Alexander- Piano
James Johnson III- Drums
Paul Thompson- Bass


NO COVER !!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 12, 2008 at 7:41pm

This is the hottest set in town. It was packed last Monday and Jimmy Ponder showed up and sat in... also Sean Jones was there. Don't be a stranger.
Comment by Derrick Finch on April 28, 2008 at 6:43pm
If I could be there I would. I hope you make your event like like they were when we were the youngsters coming up. I am glad to hear you guys are still together making Pittsburgh's Jazz Scene strong. YOU guys are my spirit. I will talk to you soon.

Derrick Finch
Comment by Jagsu on April 27, 2008 at 11:48pm
Howie, I'll be there in spirit! Keep on swingin' -- kenan
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 27, 2008 at 9:39pm
Way to go Howie! Also outstanding job on Friday. Thanks.

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