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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.


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Jazz Fan Appreciation Meetup Event / Stars At Riverview

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Jazz Fan Appreciation  Meetup Event / Stars At Riverview

Time: July 11, 2009 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Riverview Park (Riverview and Perrysville Ave.)
Street: Riverview Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-818-3789
Event Type: music, networking, fun
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2009

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Event Description

I have sucessfully created the Jazz Fan Appreciation Event and have promoted it over the past few months at a local establishment and I believe it is time to expand the network by reaching out to those Jazz Fans I have not been in contact with yet.

Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation July Meetup
Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 7:00PM

Check out great music, meet people and have fun.

The July 11 Meetup will take place at the Stars at Riverview Jazz Series in Riverview Park on the Northside. This is a Jazz series that I am hosting this summer for CITIPARKS. The featured artist this day will be Antoinette, a great Jazz vocalist. come on out and meet me, other members of our meetup groups and Jazz fans from accross the region. Bring a picnic basket, a blanket and relax with your favorite beverage. And did I say great music??

Riverview Park
Riverview Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15214

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Comment by Kevin Amos on July 11, 2009 at 5:45pm
I'm praying for no rain between 6-8:30 this evening! See you all out there,

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