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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?


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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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November Jazz Monday @Park Bruges w/Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide TONIGHT!!!

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November Jazz Monday @Park Bruges w/Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide TONIGHT!!!

Time: December 2, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Street: 5801 Bryant St - Highland Par
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-661-3334
Event Type: public, welcome, jazz, $5, cover, charge, contest
Organized By: Hill Jordan
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2013

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Event Description

This Monday November 4th is the November Edition of the popular "Jazz Monday @Park Bruges w/ house band: Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide. Doors open at 7pm and there is a $5 cover at the door.  Our Special Guest for the evening is the ever soulful "RONNI WEISS"!!! If you've been to Jazz Monday chances are good you've hear Ronni sit-in with the band & thrill the audience so we're really excited to FINALLY feature her. Also, back on guitar again this month is The great Mark Strickland!!!

Also, since my birthday is in November I want to do something a little different. We all know Pittsburgh is a big Jazz Town so I'm giving away two Park Bruges gift cards to the two people who can name the most Pittsburgh born Jazz Greats!
1. Musicians must be nationally/Internationally known(no local musicians)
2. Musicians can be alive or deceased
3. Musicians must be born here or have lived here for a long time
4. List must be written or typed on paper
5. The winner must be present to win.
We'll announce the winner on the break after the first set.

I think this'll be a lot of fun...GOOD LUCK!!!


Check out the food & drink specials for Jazz night -


Maytag Blue Poutine: Bruges Frites with blue cheese sauce, bacon, scallions $9

Mussels: steamed with Proscuitto, corn, kale, cracked pepper-basil butter $12/$18

Fried Chicken and Waffles, cayenne honey $12

Cuban sandwich: Roasted pork loin, ham, swiss, pickles, chipotle mayo $9

Steak Frites: 6 oz. flatiron, julienne vegetables, red wine mustard sauce $16

Pork Milanese: lightly breaded pork loin, arugula, tomatoes, onion, tempura pickled asparagus, lemon, olive oil, parmesan $15

 Drink Special: Blanche de Namur Belgian Wit $6

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