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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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Last Days Cafe -- Workspaces for Artists

Event Details

Last Days Cafe -- Workspaces for Artists

Time: March 30, 2009 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: New Hazlett Theater -- 6 Allegheny Square E -- Pittsburgh, PA 15212 -- North Side
Event Type: free, monthly, networking, and, information-sharing, event
Organized By: Debi Sciranka
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2009

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Event Description

Artists, musicians, writers, dancers, poets, performers, and arts administrators are invited to stop in, enjoy complimentary refreshments and talk about projects, plans, ideas, and interests. Often the key to unique opportunities is discovering who is doing what and interacting regularly with a circle of colleagues who are working creatively.

This month focuses on Workspaces for Artists with guests from Dance Alloy Theater, the Brew House Association, and Artists Image Resource.

One of the core strengths of artist communities is the belief in the creative process and trust in the artist. One of the ways that this is evidenced is when organizations nurture this creative process by providing workspace in a supportive environment for experimentation and innovation.

Often artists who have spent years working in a more isolated environment find the conversation, collaboration, and sharing of perspectives between artists in a shared space stimulating.

Shared studio space can also be a practical response to the demands of a specific art form, such as printmaking, glass arts, and digital media.

The "Get to Know the Artist" segment of the evening will feature Beth Corning, Artistic Executive Director of Dance Alloy Theater. Dance Alloy Theater offers state-of-the-art workspace rentals for artists for auditions, rehearsals, and informal performances and events.

Also joining the group for the evening will be representatives from Artists Image Resource (AIR) and the Brew House Association.

Artists Image Resource (AIR) is an artist run organization that integrates the production of fine art printwork with inovative educational programs that explore the creative process. AIR creates learning environments for artists, students and the community primarily through Its Open Studio -- Open House -- Open Study Initiative.

The Brew House Association is a non-profit organization established in 1991 to provide a supportive environment for artists to live and work. Its mission is to encourage community participation and create educational opportunities for artists and non-artists. It is committed to providing a public forum for creative expressions, to serve as a gathering place for artists, and to foster an appreciation of the arts within the larger community.

Last Days Cafe also provides a forum through which Pittsburgh's creative community can become more familiar with the resources available to them as they create new work, consider forming a new organization, or think about how, when and where to show their work.

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