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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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Flat Earth Society (from Belgium - FREE!)

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Flat Earth Society (from Belgium - FREE!)

Time: June 25, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Street: Schenley Drive, Universiy of Pittsburgh, Oakland
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15213
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Jun 22, 2014

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Wed June 25 8 pm all ages FREE SHOW!

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh (the building with the fountain, between Carnegie Library and Posvar)

from Belgium on Ipecac Records/Crammed Discs FLAT EARTH SOCIETY

with opener Scientific Soul (Nathan Frink + Univ of Pgh friends playing chamberjazz)

The Flat Earth Society is a Belgian big band ensemble led by Peter Vermeersch. They mix the rich Belgian brass band tradition with topsy-turvy creativity. FES was founded in 1998, when no-nonsense artist, former architect, clarinettist, saxophonist, keyboard player, composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after having convinced music lovers all over the word with Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally (who had a release on the Knitting Factory label). Vermeersch, who worked with international artists like Fred Frith and wrote music for the Arditti Quartet and Prima La Musica, assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable muscians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band. Peter Vermeersch included, the band now consists of a permanent group of 15 musicians: Stefaan Blancke (trombone), Benjamin Boutreur (alto sax), Berlinde Deman (tuba), Luc Van Lieshout (the trumpeter from postpunk legends Tuxedomoon!), Bart Maris (trumpet), Michel Mast (tenor sax), Marc Meeuwissen (trombone), Kristof Roseeuw (double bass), Bruno Vansina (alt & baritone sax), Peter Vandenberghe (piano & keyboards), Teun Verbruggen (drums & dustbingrooves), Pierre Vervloesem (guitar), Wim Willaert (accordeon & keyboards), Tom Wouters (clarinet, vibraphone & vocals). Occasionally this group is completed by guest singer Esther Lybeert. In the past they worked with various guest musicians: Uri Caine, Toots Thielemans, Mike Patton (Fantômas), Jimi Tenor, John Watts and more recently Ernst Reijseger (of ICP Orchestra). The music of FES, varying from strictly written sheet music to liberating improvisation, is 95% homemade. Streaks of music of other composers are used as inspiration, frequently arranged, adapted and integrated into FES compositions, adding a wide range of atmospheres and styles to the eclectic FES universe. FES, who dares to flirt with other disciplines as theatre and film and owns the ability to seduce a number of different audiences, from more select jazz listeners to a wild young rock public, is at its best live on stage. FES was able to sign distribution deals with Mike Patton's label Ipecac, who released the compilation FESisms, and later with Crammed Discs who released Psychoscout in 2006 and Cheer Me, Perverts! in 2009. In May 2011 they toured the USA for the first time in their career. Starting in Tampa, they went from Washington and Philadelphia to New York, where they performed at the Lincoln Center and the Museum of the Moving Image. Says Vermeersch, "We have an American label, Ipecac Records, from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle)." Mike Patton contacted FES in 2004, to report how much he was impressed by the band’s music. Patton invited FES as support act for his European tour with Fantômas. Patton, impressed by the enthusiasm, decided on a selection of FES material and released, FES-ISMS, a compilation of 19 songs from the six first FES cd’s, an introduction to the FES repertoire for the overseas audience, as it were. Mike Patton said about the album: “It’s really unique and engaging stuff. It’s going to blow people’s minds.

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