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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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Work of Art Awards!!!

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Work of Art Awards!!!

Time: June 1, 2009 from 6:15pm to 11pm
Location: Pittsburgh Opera Building
Street: 2425 Liberty Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
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Phone: For tickets: 412.394.3353
Event Type: award, ceremony, friendraiser, party
Organized By: The Arts Council
Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2009

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Event Description

On June 1st, spotlights will fall on members of Pittsburgh's arts community and its supporters as the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council presents the 2009 Work of Art Awards. Arrive in your most 'artful' attire, walk the red carpet amid a flash of cameras, cheer for the award winners and unique performances, then celebrate with food, drinks and art of all kinds in the stunning new home of the Pittsburgh Opera. This is the night to recognize the arts' dynamic accomplishments, pace-setters and visionaries. This is the night to come together. This is the night the arts come out to play.

The Work of Art Awards - Performances

The ART in "The Work of Art..."
6:15pm Red Carpet Gathering Red carpet interviews with REV. DERYCK TINES
As a Pittsburgh film and video director, Ivey's short film works have been screened at various international film and video festivals.


7:00pm Award Ceremony Music by CELLOFOURTE
This cutting edge, classically trained cello trio + drummer creates an experience around musical diversity, boldly defying the boundaries of classical music and rock.
Theatrical performances by WALI JAMAL
Local actor and playwright.
Dance performances by THE PILLOW PROJECT
The Pillow Project is a dance company that utilizes diverse artistic mediums to create compelling collaborations and experimentations.
Through his photography and video, Reaves works to create a deeper understanding of humanity's shared experiences.
Artist and founder of the ceramics program at the Union Project whose work has been recognized with numerous awards from city, state, and national organizations.


8:30pm After Party Live Band - DONORA
A brother-sister team who play melodic, dance-worthy, garage rock.
DJ Edgar Um is renowned for his ability to DJ a wide range of music genres, as well as being an improvisational musician and vinyl addict.

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