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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


Time: February 28, 2009 at 10pm to March 1, 2009 at 2am
Location: The Red Room and 2 Red Lounge
Street: 134 S Highland Ave (Corner of Centre and S. Highland)
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: (412)362-5800
Event Type: music, diversity, art, green, cultural, black, history, performances, networking
Organized By: Berlin International
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2009

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Event Description

BLENd for OBAMa is not a political event. It’s celebrating the President of the United States, Black History Month and the cultural change taking place in Pittsburgh and across this great nation of ours.

A Totally Eco-Conscious Global Diversity “Coming Together” Event Saturday February 28, 2009 at 10pm at the Red Room & 2 Red Lounge, 134 S Highland Ave (Corner of Centre and S. Highland). (412)362-5800

Red Room sits on South Highland Avenue and offers an upscale glamorous dining experience. With deep tomato red painted walls an oak bar, tables seated near the plate-glass storefront windows, leather sofas and armchairs, clustered around tables flickering with candlelight, all lending to an ambience of lavish comfort. Adjacent on Centre Avenue is the swanky 2 Red Lounge. The high-end cocktails are a good match for the industrial-chic décor, luxurious sofas, intimate semi-circle booths and handsome bar. Both are elegant but not intimidating…a perfect BLENding.

Mingle with leaders from local government, their staff and the mayoral candidates. They are not here to campaign but to get to know you and your needs. Meet the members of Pittsburgh’s green, global, cultural and nonprofit organizations find out what you can do to make Pittsburgh a better place for each other and the future generations.

This event will be taped live and hosted by Aki Durham. Music by Dave “DJ Assassin” Collins the Turntablist, Art by Kristoffer A. Smith, Live Performances and videos of Barack Obama speeches playing in the background on flat screens in silence.

BLENd the international face of diversity and image that transcends language and culture. A Totally Eco-Conscious Global Diversity Event Movement (themed based events) that promotes global and cultural unity through, the arts, live entertainment, drink, food, networking, fun and plenty of laughter. BLENd is America and the World in a Green atmosphere that celebrates the uniqueness of our differences by allowing people to express their personalities while connecting with liked minded people from different cultural backgrounds. Through this event movement we will begin to really acknowledge and recognize what must be done to bridge cultural differences locally, nationally and globally. We can and must work together to help save the environment within ourselves and around the world by becoming more Green and Diverse in the way we live, think and act. Coming together is the key.

There is a $10 admission and all guests must be 18 and over.

All guests will receive a BLENd raffle ticket. And a chance to win a $300 Gift Basket from Unforgettable Creations, 2 Izzazu Fab Bags, Tickets to Pittsburgh Public Theater upcoming productions, Bottle of Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka, MCG Jazz concert tickets, Passes to Phipps Conservatory, free pair of Kashi Kicks and Kashi Accessories plus other great prizes. Attendees can also buy BLENd raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning the prizes 3 for $5 or an arm’s length for $20.

Our sponsors are Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka, G-Tech, Global Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Izzazu Salon, Kashi Kicks, MCG Jazz, New York Life, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh 250, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Soul Pitt Media, and the Emmy Award winning YaMomzHouse Studio.

Free Parking is available across the street in the lower garage on Centre Avenue or in the upper parking lot on South Highland Avenue.

A Portion of Proceeds benefits Public Allies Pittsburgh.

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