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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


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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Time: March 16, 2012 at 7pm to March 18, 2012 at 5pm
Location: ST.PAUL A.M.E.Church
City/Town: PITTSBURGH Pa 15210
Phone: 412 481=7093
Event Type: fundraiser
Organized By: Pamela Leslie
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2012

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Contact: Pamela Giddens
Office: 412 481-7093

3 Mo’ Divas at St. Paul AME Church, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA.  3 Mo’ Divas, the smashing musical experience created by Marion J. Caffey as a counterpart to his hit show, 3 Mo’ Tenors, will be performed in St. Paul AME Church’s – Fellowship Hall on March 16, 17, and 18 2012. 3 Mo’ Divas delivers 10 musical styles- spanning 200 years of music- in one concert. Performed by the three women, all are masters at maintaining the integrity of each musical style. The show opens with each performer showing off their classical skills; but they soon show off the vocal versatility that makes them each so unique. As seen locally on PBS, these “Divas” are as comfortable with “Puccini” as they are with “Proud Mary”. This show has taken audiences nationwide on a fantastic, memorable, clap-along, musical journey.

This rendition will be directed and produced by Pamela Giddens of P.L.G. Productions and features Flora “Flo” Wilson, Beverly Bowie Taylor, and Denise Sheffet-Powell under the musical direction of Leonard Johnson. This production promises to deliver the very best of opera, jazz, gospel, Broadway classics, R&B, and soul. You won’t be disappointed by this evening of dinner and entertainment.

This show is hosted by St. Paul AME Church’s Capital Campaign committee as a part of its “Honor Our Past-Invest in Our Future” campaign. St. Paul AME Church is located at 400 Orchard Place in Knoxville. Tickets are $20/person and include dinner.

For reservations or ticket information, contact P.L.G. PRODUCTIONS at 412 481-7093.

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