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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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45th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

Event Details

45th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

Time: November 7, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Carnegie Music Hall
Street: 4400 Forbes Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-624-4187
Event Type: pitt, jazz, sewminar, concert, network, pittsburgh, geri, allen
Organized By: Professor Geri Allen
Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2015

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Event Description

Jazz Seminar and Concert

A talented group of international jazz musicians will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the 45th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its type in the country.

From Nov. 2 through 7, the campus will be alive with Jazz Week activities—guest lecturers, a performance by the Pitt Jazz Ensemble, the screening of a jazz film, and free seminars by the guest musicians. All events are open to the public. The week culminates with the Pitt Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Guest jazz artists this year include Kenny Barron, piano; Mino Cinelu, percussion; Jimmy Cobb, drums; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Robert Hurst, bass; Jimmy Owens, trumpet; Tineke Postma, saxophone; and Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone.

Barron, Cobb, and Owens are National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. The entire ensemble will perform under the direction of Geri Allen, pianist, associate professor, and director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program, which is in the Department of Music within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

Concert ticket prices are as follows:

Orchestra or floor seats are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; general admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door; and tickets for students with valid University IDs are $10 in advance and at the door.

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