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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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ELEVATIONS! at Savoy Monday Night Jazz (8-18-14)

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ELEVATIONS! at Savoy Monday Night Jazz (8-18-14)

Time: August 18, 2014 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Savoy Restaurant
Street: 2623 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412.400.6944
Event Type: elevations, brett williams, george heid lll, anton defade, michael stephenson, benny benack lll, savoy, jazz
Organized By: Charlie G. Sanders
Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2014

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Event Description

Hi everybody,

Etta Cox was in great form for last Monday's edition of Savoy Monday Night Jazz!  This veteran jazz vocalist never fails to deliver!  Her song selection was tasteful and wonderfully done.  And when she ended the night with Miss Celie's Blues, well, it was simply magical!  Always a great time of jazz at Savoy every Monday Night!  
Here's whats next at Savoy Monday Night Jazz:

Savoy Monday Night Jazz Artist for 8-18-14


ELEVATIONS (Jazz Ensemble)

Elevations (from left to right: Anton Defade, Brett Williams, Michael Stephenson, George Heid lll and Benny Benack lll)


By popular demand, Elevations returns to Savoy!  Take note of this quintet of exceptional young artists.  They are true heirs to Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy.  Don’t believe me?  Be at Savoy this coming Monday (August 18th) and see for yourself!  You’ll become a believer!  Years from now, when each of these young men, individually and together, have become the legends they are destined to be, you can say you heard them first at Savoy.  See you there!


Time:              6pm

Place:              Savoy Restaurant

                        2623 Penn Avenue

                        Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Phone:            412.281.0660



Dining: Full dining menu will be available to enjoy along with complete lounge menu.  

Drink specials: All domestic beers are $3.00 (plus tax). 


Hours: Restaurant open 5pm until 10pm; Live music starts at 6pm.





Aug 25 – Roger Humphries Trio feat, vocalist and trompeter, Andrea Capozoli


For further info, please visit the Savoy website (

Charlie G.

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