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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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"COME TOGETHER" Pittsburgh Music for Haiti

Event Details

"COME TOGETHER" Pittsburgh Music for Haiti

Time: March 20, 2010 at 6pm to March 21, 2010 at 2am
Location: FATE Night Club & Ultra Lounge
Street: 1650 Smallman Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Event Type: fundraiser
Organized By: Berlin International Group
Latest Activity: Mar 21, 2010

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Event Description

Berlin International Group, Code Whiskey and FATE Night Club & Ultra Lounge present “Come Together” Pittsburgh Music for Haiti.

When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010 6pm-until

Where: Pittsburgh’s Newest Upscale Night Club/Ultra Lounge; FATE 1650 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222 412.918.1753

Cost: $10 at the Door Cash Only. (No Tickets)

“Come Together” will have a local celebrity host (TBA) and feature performances by:

Dwayne Fulton & Kingdom People (Christian), Jayna (Folk/Country), Soul Merchants (Rhythm&Blues, Soul and Funk), Basement Bros (Comedy Rock), Jessica Lee (Blues), The Defyants (80’s 90’s Grunge,) Confluence (Jazz, R&B, Reggae), Code Whiskey (Rock), Z One Nation (Straight Reggae), The Dance Café Dancers (Hip Hop/Salsa), and special guest AAM Recording Artist Freestyle (The Next Jay-Z) .

All Artists are donating their time and talents to raise money for the ongoing needs of the Haitian Relief effort. This will help continue providing much-needed medical and humanitarian supplies to the victims of January's massive earthquake that leveled the Haitian Capital city of Port-au-Prince, killing an estimated 300,000 people and displacing well over 3 million.

Even though Mardi Gras will be over by the time this event takes place we wanted to have the natural tie-in with New Orleans and Mardi Gras the significant impact of the influx of Haitian immigrants and free people of color in New Orleans is the establishment of the Treme neighborhood. Faubourg Treme was among the first predominately African American neighborhoods in the country, and is still an important center of African American culture. After all, one can hardly imagine New Orleans without the brass bands and second line traditions that continue to center in this neighborhood. “The special and diverse mix of musical styles for this event has been specifically designed to showcase the unity and camaraderie that musicians and artists have for our brethren in Haiti, and also to show that by coming together, we can build something much greater than any of us can build on our own.

So join us and come as you are or dress in your favorite Mardi Gras costume as Pittsburgh Artists Come Together and help save lives and rebuild communities, not just only in Haiti, but here at home as well.

All proceeds (100%) benefit the American Red Cross of South Western Pennsylvania Haiti Relief and Development Fund

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