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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


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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Event Details


Time: August 1, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Afro-American Music Institute
Street: 7131 Hamilton Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA, 15208
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-241-6775
Event Type: community, conversation
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Jul 27, 2016

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Event Description

Calling all music makers, venue owners, promoters, producers, and hard core live music fans!

To the Club Musicians --- you are the content-makers giving us hours upon hours of your heart and soul, helping us to celebrate, unwind, and elevate our quality of living. You invest your lives in this. What do you receive in return? Are you making it? What do you need? What do you want?

Promoters and Venue Owners -- do you value your content-makers as the professionals that they are? If not, what's holding you back? How can we improve?

Audiences -- does it matter to you that your favorite band works all night and might go home with less than minimum wage? Would you work in similar conditions? If you could choose to see your friends and favorite bands at a club where you knew they were taken care of would that make a difference?

We think so! Based on the Fair Trade Music (TM) model, we believe that in the same way a Food Co-op can coexist with a Giant Eagle, there is enough room to create an alternative model for live music and their audiences, one that allows people to choose where and how to hear the artists they love based on a set of standards of ethical treatment of the content-makers.

Are you interested in exploring this with us? Are you interested in living in a city like that? If so we need you. We need your enthusiasm, experience, and wisdom. We need you to help us dream up ways to make this a reality.

Moderated by Christiane Leach of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and led by veteran singer/songwriter Heather Kropf with a round table discussion of musicians and industry pros, this meeting is open to everyone who cares. Nothing is pre-determined. Your content will shape the future of Fair Play. We look forward to getting this conversation started!

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