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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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N-Motion Entertainment's 2nd Annual South Beach Party Featuring ERIC DARIUS!

Event Details

N-Motion Entertainment's 2nd Annual South Beach Party Featuring ERIC DARIUS!

Time: July 27, 2013 at 7pm to July 28, 2013 at 1am
Location: Pittsburgh Center For The Arts
Street: 6300 Fifth Ave & Shady Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Website or Map:
Phone: 412 361-0873
Event Type: contemporary, jazz
Organized By: shawn hopson
Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2013

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Event Description

Come out to N-Motion Entertainment's 2nd Annual South Beach Party featuring national recording artist, saxophonist Eric Darius. Eric will be performing with the the N-Motion Band starting at 7 PM, July 27, at Pittsburgh Center For The Arts. N-motion will honor several individuals that have been positive forces in the community. Donna Baxter, CEO of Soul Pitt, Bill Peduto, Democratic Mayor nominee, and Dr. Nelson Harrison, The Pittsburgh Jazz Network/AAMI will all be recognized for their efforts here in the City.

Immediately following the show, head downstairs for the afterparty that will feature DJ Mike the Punisher on the turntables and two special dances featuring Roland Ford and the Pittsburgh Steppers who will perform their special South Beach Shuffle and Bill Ford and the Pittsburgh Ballroom dancers will perform a special dance as well.

Their will be a free buffet at the jazz event between 8 - 9 pm.

Doors open at 6:15

Ticket Locations:
Dorsey’s Record Shop, 412.731.6607
Stedeford’s Record Shop, 412.321.8333

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