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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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St. Paul's Cathedral Race and Reconciliation Christmas Party

Event Details

St. Paul's Cathedral Race and Reconciliation Christmas Party

Time: December 7, 2008 from 4:30pm to 8pm
Location: Oakland, PA
Street: 128 N Craig Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: (412) 422-4149
Event Type: Fundraiser
Organized By: Ed Skirtich
Latest Activity: Dec 7, 2008

Event Description

The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group Tri-Parish Black Saints Committee invites you to a Christmas Party Benefit on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Duranti's Restaurant on 126 N. Craig Street in Oakland.

This is an annual fundraiser for The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group.

There is a reception at 4:30 PM and a buffet at 5:30 PM.

Entertainment will be provided by the Jazz Workshop, Inc, Jazzet.

The Jazz Workshop, Inc. Jazztet features:

Ed Skirtich- Artistic Director of Jazz Workshop, Inc./Trumpet (Ed also belongs to the Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group)
Dr. Nelson Harrison- Trombone and Trombetto
Mark Shuttleworth- Guitar
Greg Wallace- Bass
Mike Smociacco- Drum Set

The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group works on how we can progress as a diverse and unified church and community.

Come and enjoy fine food, fellowship, diversity, and entertainment.

Tickets are $30.00.

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