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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?


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Dale Fielder & Eric Johnson @ The Fallout Shelter

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Dale Fielder & Eric Johnson @ The Fallout Shelter

Time: April 9, 2010 at 9pm to April 10, 2010 at 12am
Location: The Fallout Shelter
Street: 818 Raccon Street, Lower Level
City/Town: Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone: 724-544-8433
Event Type: performance
Organized By: Randy Adams
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2010

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Event Description

Dale Fielder - saxophones
Eric Johnson - guitar
Tim Jenkins - piano
Dan Wasson - bass
Phillip "Butch" Jones - drums

Dale Fielder makes a rare Pittsburgh area appearance with the legendary jazz guitarist Eric Johnson and his 'Fabalous' A-Team on Friday April 9th at The Fallout Shelter in Aliquippa, PA. Fielder, a resident of Los Angeles, is tuning up for his appearance at the Lincoln Park Jazz Festival at Lincoln Park Performing Art Center the following Sunday. Fielder and Johnson go way back together during the 1970s when Johnson performed with jazz great Lou Donaldson and Sonny Stitt and and Fielder, being roomates with Johnson would get lessons from each master jazz saxophonist. Johnson has performed with an endless list of jazz greats: Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Jack McDuff, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine just to name a few. These two great jazz artists have an amazing sympatico and the sparks are sure to fly! This is a must-see event if you are in the Pittsburgh area. Tickets will go fast. Please call (724) 544-8433 for more information.

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