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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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Ablaye Cissoko & Voelker Goetze

Event Details

Ablaye Cissoko & Voelker Goetze

Time: March 6, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Istanbul Cafe
Street: 4130 Butler St., Lawrenceville
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15224
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-683-1623
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2010

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Event Description

Saturday March 6
8 pm $10 advance/$15 door all ages welcome

German trumpeter Voelker Goetze and Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko met during rehearsals for the African-European Jazz Orchestra in Senegal,
where they were opening for Youssou N'Dour. Despite any cultural barriers that separated them, they discovered they had much in common, musically
and personally. Their commonalities can be heard on the Sira album, released on the ObliqSound label, which offers a combination of world music and jazz improvisation equally influenced by Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter as well as Cissoko's own ancestral Mandingue music in the griot tradition. Advance tickets on sale from Paul's CDs
(Bloomfield), Caliban Books (Oakland), The Exchange (Sq Hill), Dave's Music Mine (South Side), Acoustic Music Works (Sq Hill), and Istanbul.

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