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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?


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AHMAD JAMAL CONCERT & Celebration of Pittsburgh Living Legends of Jazz with 5 new inductees

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AHMAD JAMAL CONCERT & Celebration of Pittsburgh Living Legends of Jazz with 5 new inductees

Time: September 28, 2013 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Manchester Craftsmens Guild
Street: 1815 Metropolitan Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-323-4000
Event Type: party, concert, celebration
Organized By: MCG
Latest Activity: Sep 28, 2013

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Event Description

An exclusive presentation by acclaimed Pittsburgher and NEA Jazz Master, Ahmad Jamal, is the feature of this year’s celebration. MCG Jazz will induct the new class of Pittsburgh Jazz Legends, adding them to an honor roll of artists who have made Pittsburgh their home. Dinner, drinks and special presentations and guest appearances make this evening a not-to-be-missed unforgettable experience.

An evening of delicious food and drink by James  Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, the induction of  the new class of  Pittsburgh Jazz  Legends and a concert by native son, Ahmad Jamal. After the concert, join us for dessert & more  music with a jam session by Pittsburgh’s finest  jazz artists.

Meet & greet Cecil Brooks II, Joe Dallas, Art Nance, John Wilson, Duke Spaulding, Roger Humphries, Don Aliiquo Sr., Frank Cunimondo, James Johnson, Jr., Judge Warren Watson, Harold Betters and Nelson Harrison!

6:30 pm

  • Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
  • Silent auction of unique experiences, getaway packages, tickets, art and memorabilia from the MCG Jazz archives
  • Tasting stations featuring fine Pittsburgh distilled spirits and craft beers paired with specially selected hors d’oeuvres
  • Mix and mingle with the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends

8:00 pm

  • Induction of the new class of Pittsburgh jazz legends
  • A concert event like no other featuring native son and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal

9:30 pm

  • Special closing remarks by Bill Strickland
  • Dessert, coffee and select liqueurs
  • Auction closes

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