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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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Event Details

An Evening of Jazz

Time: January 26, 2012 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Peters Township Public Library
Street: 616 East McMurray Road
City/Town: McMurray, PA 15317
Website or Map:
Phone: 724-941-9430
Event Type: jazz, performance
Organized By: Maddie Siegel
Latest Activity: Jan 26, 2012

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Event Description

Ease into winter with “An Evening of Jazz” at the Peters Township Public Library on Thursday, January 26 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the library lobby.  This free program will be hosted by the library’s Senior Advisory Council and feature accomplished local musicians Lee Robinson and Joseph Sheehan. Register to attend by emailing, at the circulation desk or call 724-941-9430.

As a jazz saxophonist, digital sound artist and music experimenter, Peters Township resident Lee Robinson presents music with an exciting perspective. His focus is to transform his listeners of all ages with “sound.” He has been able achieve this goal by collaborating with poets, actors, visual artists and a computer programmer for a variety of exciting projects, including an impromptu jam with Drepung Monks on their visit to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to build a Mandala for peace in 2002.  Traveling with his musical group he has performed in New York City, Toronto, Ontario, and Saitama City, Japan. 


Joseph Sheehan is a composer, pianist, and educator rooted in classical, jazz, and world music traditions. Sheehan leads his own ensemble, Kinetic. A prolonged trip to Ghana, West Africa, to study traditional drumming, song, and dance had a profound effect on his musical language and philosophy. He aspires to create music that connects with audiences in deep and fulfilling ways. In Pittsburgh he has been active as a pianist in many several groups, and also as an educator, teaching music at Duquesne University and CCAC Boyce. He holds degrees in composition from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) and Duquesne University.

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