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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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Unity Concert to benefit Afro American Music Institute!

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Unity Concert to benefit Afro American Music Institute!

Time: April 23, 2015 at 6pm to April 24, 2015 at 12am
Location: Altar Bar
Street: 1620 Penn Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
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Phone: (412) 206-9719
Event Type: fundraiser, concert
Organized By: Phat Man Dee, Christiane D, Dr. HollyHood, Elizabeth Kivowitz, Lita D'Vargas, Drusky Entertainment
Latest Activity: Apr 19, 2015

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Artists, activists and promoters in the Pittsburgh community have come together to present a concert to be a small part of helping to foster unity through music and art.

This concert series shall benefit AAMI with 100% of all proceeds from the door, and in addition to donating 100 % of ticket sales, Drusky Entertainment shall contribute a portion from each and every ticket sold at all future Drusky Entertainment concerts at Altar Bar for the period of one year the beneficiary. Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change is proud to associate with Drusky Entertainment in their mission to demonstrate in a real and meaningful way how much we all support and appreciate the work of both of these worthy groups.

Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change Presents
A Unity Concert to benefit Afro American Music Institute

Scheduled Performers include
Reverend Deryck Tines and the Lemington Gospel Chorale
Faculty Jazz Instructors from Afro American Music Institute
Afro Cuban Duets by Miguel Sague Jr and Miguel Sague III
Puerto Rican standards by Geña y Peña
Christiane D and the V*Sage Sangers • Launka Zimeir

Also Appearing
Shad Ali • John Basement • Bluey • Sosa • Billy Pilgrim

Students of We Rock Workshop!
DJ Mike Canton of the Soul Show on WYEP
DJ Nuke Knocka of PR7X
Hosted by Phat Man Dee, Lita D'Vargas and Dr. HollyHood

Speakers to include
Tim Stevens of B-PEP
Anupama Jain of Pittsburgh Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts
Pittsburgh Human Rights Alliance

About Afro American Music Institute:
Afro American Music Institute (AAMI) began in 1982 by founders Dr. James Johnson and his wife, Pamela. On August 15, 2003 AAMI moved into its current location at 7131 Hamilton Avenue in Homewood. The facility provides a more inviting location with larger rooms and professional appearance and atmosphere. Consistent with its mission, the Afro-American Music Institute provides programs of excellence under the guidance and tutelage of its committed staff and board members. They seek out youth for enrollment and completion of programs and courses offered at AAMI. Their many students gain self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity and problem solving skills. Their curriculum provides specialized instrumental and vocal training in all styles of African-American music, gospel, Negro spirituals, jazz and more. People of all ages who wish to learn music from an African American musical perspective may study piano, voice, percussion and more at this incredibly powerful institution.
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