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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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PittStop Road Crew Announces PittStop Lindy Hop VIII, November 21-23, 2008

Event Details

PittStop Road Crew Announces PittStop Lindy Hop VIII, November 21-23, 2008

Time: November 21, 2008 at 8pm to November 23, 2008 at 11pm
Location: Wightman Community Center, Squirrel Hill
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Website or Map: http://www.pittstoplindyhop.c…
Phone: 412-242-4562 Barry Adams
Organized By: PittStop Lindy Hop Committee
Latest Activity: Nov 19, 2008

Event Description

Pittsburgh proudly hosts the eighth annual Pittstop Lindy Hop, a weekend-long dance festival celebrating Lindy Hop and other swing dances from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Every year, PittStop attracts hundreds of dancers from Pittsburgh, as well as from across the country and around the world. PittStop is designed to show off the city of Pittsburgh and its thriving swing dance scene, as well as to foster friendships amongst all its participants. This year, we are proud to have some of the swingin'est local and national bands at some of the best dance venues in the 'burgh.
Set yourself footloose and fancy free at the following venues:

Friday, November 21, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am – Palisades, McKeesport – Boilermaker Jazz Band, featuring Jennie Luvv!

Friday late night/Saturday morning, November 22, 1:00 am to 5:00 am – Wightman Community Center, Squirrel Hill – Dr. Nelson Harrison's Blue to the Bone
Led by Dr. Nelson Harrison, a legend in the Pittsburgh and national jazz and swing scenes, this up-and-coming swing band will be making its first PittStop appearance. Dr. Harrison has played with such jazz greats as Jay McShann, Early “Fatha” Hines, Count Basie, and

Saturday, November 22, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland – Local and National DJs

Saturday, November 22, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am – Soldiers & Sailors Hall, Oakland – George Gee's The Jump Jivin' Wailers

Saturday late night/Sunday morning, November 23, 1:00 am to 5:00 am – Wightman Community Center, Squirrel Hill – Ms. Freddye and Blue Faze

Sunday, November 23, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Edgewood Club, Edgewood – Jimmy Sapienza’s Five Guys Named Moe, with legendary Kenny Blake

Sunday, November 23, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Edgewood Club, Edgewood – Rick Matt Project

PittStop Lindy Hop welcomes dancers of all ages, new or experienced, for the entire weekend or for individual dances. . For more information about prices, dances, venues, and bands, please visit, email, or call Lisa Matt at 412-260-2216.

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