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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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Carter Freije's Jazz Recital and Benefit Concert

Event Details

Carter Freije's Jazz Recital and Benefit Concert

Time: April 8, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: University of Pittsburgh Music Building Room 132
Street: 4337 Fifth Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh
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Event Type: concert/fundraiser
Organized By: Carter Freije
Latest Activity: Apr 7, 2018

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Event Description

Hey Pittsburgh jazzers, my name is Carter Freije and I'm a student and drummer at the University of Pittsburgh. Please come out to hear some of the regions favorite jazz musicians play music you don't hear every day for FREE (with pay-what-you-want donations being accepted to benefit Center of Life)! 

Right at 3, there will a short set from Reservoir Trio, a chordless trio consisting of young musicians Aidan Epstein, Roger Romero and myself, with a focus on modern jazz compositions. Following will be a recital performance featuring the immense talents of master bass player Dwayne Dolphin, local staple Ron Horton on trumpet, Pitt's own Yoko Suzuki on saxophone and 'young lion' Antonio Croes on piano. The repertoire will be centered on lesser played gems from the jazz canon. Super excited to be playing with both of these awesome bands, I'd love to pack the room and raise some money for a very worthy cause.

See the poster or facebook page for a bit more detail and if you're able, please RSVP on Facebook! Thanks so much!

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