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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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Annie and the Guys at Malika's Gallery

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Annie and the Guys at Malika's Gallery

Time: November 29, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
Location: East Coast Crab / Malika's
Street: 2790 Robinson Blvd. & Frankstown Road
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-818-3789 (Kevin Amos) or 412-727-1458 (East Coast Crab / Malika's)
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Nov 27, 2009

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Tickets online in advance for $10. $15 at the door. Seating is limited.

Event Details:

Kevin Amos presents a a series of Jazz events at Malika's Gallery, 2790 Robinson Blvd. & Frankstown Road in Penn Hills from 5-9PM.

Malika's Gallery is the shop adjoining East Coast Crab.

Our first artist will be keyboardist/singer Annie Friedland with several popular Pittsburgh based musicians. The evening will take place in a cozy setting and has limited seating. We are attempting to create a space to highlight the talents of artists deserving wider recognition.

Anne Friedland, or 'Annie" as her friends and colleagues know her by, is an established musician in the United States and abroad. She is known for her piano and organ playing as well as her vocals.....all in a jazz and blues style.
Annie is not a 'diva", or a "chick singer" but a MUSICIAN and prefers to be thought of as that.

She has performed with the likes of; BB King, Wilson Pickett, Louis Prima, The 4 Coins and Emily Remler as well as many local bands here.

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Comment by Kevin Amos on November 22, 2009 at 10:43pm
One week to go!!! Hope to see you there. Annie will have as her special guests Luther Dejurnett and Kenny Blake.
Comment by Kevin Hurst, Sr. on November 15, 2009 at 6:54am
Oh Kev and Annie I will be in Florida for Turkey Day for a week

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