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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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Chocolate Blues and Business Networking Festival Returns! Where Sweet Business Connections are Made!

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Chocolate Blues and Business Networking Festival Returns! Where Sweet Business Connections are Made!

Time: May 2, 2013 from 1pm to 7pm
Location: Epiphany Catholic Church (McDowell Hall)
Street: 164 Washington Place
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 4693878151
Event Type: business, expo, and, networking
Organized By: James Edward Boggus
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2013

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CONTACT: James E. Boggus                                                     APRIL 5, 2013

(469) 387-8151 ●

Seeking Blues and Jazz Musicians for Jam sessions, throughout the day for a worthy cause.


Cost $10 at the door. 



 Chocolate Blues and Business Pass


Pittsburgh, PA ……….The Chocolate Blues and Business Networking Festival is returning to Pittsburgh May 2, 2013. The first Chocolate Blues event brought attendees and vendors from as far as Philadelphia providing quality business connections. “That event was so successful providing business owner’s valuable leads, referrals and new team members that they are requesting me to hold a second one,” said James Boggus, director of the local Chocolate Blues and Business Networking Festival affiliate.  The 2013 Chocolate Blues and Business event will be held at Epiphany Church McDowell Hall, 164 Washington Place in the Hill District. From 1pm to 7pm it will feature blues and jazz music, chocolate treats, open networking, a business expo, a giant business card exchange table and one-on-one appointment stations.  

The day long business to business networking event is open to all business owners, decision makers, their clients and guests. Pre-registration is required to vend during the business expo and the event business expo is company exclusive.  

May is women’s health awareness month and in celebration, the Chocolate Blues website has announced the May 2nd event will feature a charity phone collection drive being organized by Chocolate Blues and Business. There will be a collection basket set up to receive broken, damaged and old cell phones for Pittsburgh's Domestic Violence Women's shelter. Phones that can be repaired will be recycled. “This endeavor shows that local business owners of all sizes do care about not only their businesses but their community; you couldn't ask for a better example of this,” 

Carl Knoblock SBA, Joanne Quinn Smith PPL, and Donna Baxter SoulPitt will be among Line Dance guru; Roland Ford is featured for health and wellness through line dancing and ballroom.                                                                                                              

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