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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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Ernie Hawkins Band with Professor Beautiful at Calliope

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Ernie Hawkins Band with Professor Beautiful at Calliope

Time: February 5, 2010 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: Simmons Hall at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shady and 5th Avenues
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Roger S Day
Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2010

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Friday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
Simmons Hall at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shady and 5th Avenues.

The Ernie Hawkins Band, with Marc Reisman on blues harps & harmonicas,
Roger Day on tuba, Paul Cosentino on clarinet, and Rich Strong on washboard and snare.

This is a return engagement of a show we did last October, to rave reviews.

"Ernie Hawkins is an important link in the unbroken chain of blues and gospel artists. His guitaristry and love of the style is incomparable.
From the Rev. Gary Davis into the future with his own style Ernie is one of the special ones!"--Jorma Kaukonen
"Hubba hubba tuba." --Ed Blackwell
"Remember, it's condensation, not spit." -- Professor Beautiful
Paul and Rich are members of the renowned Boilermakers Jazz Band.
Marc was with the Iron City Houserockers throughout its heyday & performs with Bill Toms.

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