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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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Phat Man Dee's Roaring 2020s at The Oaks Theater!

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Phat Man Dee's Roaring 2020s at The Oaks Theater!

Time: January 31, 2020 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: The Oaks Theater
Street: 310 Allegheny River Blvd
City/Town: Oakmont, PA 15139
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-828-6322
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2020

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Event Description

The Oaks Theater and Phat Man Dee Productions Present: 
Phat Man Dee's Roaring 2020s
Join Phat Man Dee & The Cultural District with dancers Sundae Service & Christine Andrews, for a phabulous evening of hot jazz and beautiful dancers plus a costume contest!  
Voted #1 Best Local Jazz Act in the Best of Pittsburgh City Paper Reader's Poll of 2016 and 2018
Double the 20s, double the fun! It’s the New Roaring 20s, and Phat Man Dee is bringing her jazz band The Cultural District and featured dancers Sundae Service and Christine Andrews to show us how it’s done! Musicians include pianist Howard Alexander, internationally touring trombonist Reggie Watkins, drummer Dennis Garner, bassist Lars Swanson, Afro Cuban percussionist Miguel Sague III, special guest accordionist Steven Irwin! 
Live music! Themed cocktails! Costume contest! 
Come dressed to impress, and parade your finest flapper dresses, zoot suits, and embrace your inner lunatic fringe at this gorgeous evening of fun and frivolity!

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