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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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Jammin' At Cabaret With Dr. Leonard Johnson

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Jammin' At Cabaret With Dr. Leonard Johnson

Time: June 13, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm
Location: CABARET
Street: 7928 Frankstown Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: 412-537-3061
Event Type: live, jazz
Organized By: ****MainLine Productions****
Latest Activity: Jun 13, 2010

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Event Description

Come enjoy live entertainment at Cabaret, Pittsburgh’s newest venue for the mature and sophisticated. Come groove to the sounds of our featured artists. Sunday, June 13, 2010, Pittsburgh's own Dr. Leonard Johnson will once again host "Jammin' at Cabaret" where some of Pittsburgh's finest musicians and vocalists are welcome to come and take part in the experience. Accompanying Dr. Johnson are Tubby Daniels, Dan Wasson, and Mike Finch. Last week we were joined by Brian Wright (vocalist), Bashir (vocalist), Anqwenique Wingfield (vocalist), Mr. Roger Barbour Sr. (trumpet), Steve Johnson (bass), and Michelle Green (vocalist) among others. You don’t want to miss the next jam session…never know who will stop by…hope it’s you! So bring your horns, strings, vocal chords, or whatever and be a part of something that is sure to keep you coming back for more. As always...Free Beer, BYOB. $10 cover .

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