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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Event Details

Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Time: March 5, 2011 from 3pm to 6:30pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe
Street: 4023 Butler Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-818-3789 (coordinator)
Event Type: jam, session, open, stage, networking
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Mar 6, 2011

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Event Description

Our weekly open stage Jazz jam session.

Hi folks. Please don't ignore this note. A couple of days ago I got this from the co-owner of the Thunderbird Cafe....

"To be honest I'm not sure how much longer the whole jazz appreciation thing is going to make sense. There's really not enough business."

Jazz fans...we need to make this make sense. I know there is strength in numbers.

I have been trying to make this work for nearly two years now but there is a serious attendance problem not only for attending the weekly session at the Thunderbird Cafe but overall.

To be honest with you we need 50 or more people to show up each week. I know everyone can not make it each time, but there has not been a significant number of people coming.


When I started this event almost two years ago we averaged 100 people on a once a month basis.

Please tell other Jazz Fans, your friends and other to show up at our next three sessions.'s that urgent.

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Comment by Dan Wasson on March 6, 2011 at 1:38am
sorry Kev, gotta work
Comment by Kevin Amos on March 5, 2011 at 2:20pm

The creator works in myterious ways. Yesterday I ran in Mr. Horace Turner. The first thing he said to me is that I was one of the young men he brought up.

I explained to him what was happening with the jam session and he agreed that getting folks to come out is very hard.

But you know what else he said to me? "Hang in's gonna work for you"

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