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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.


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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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I am so delighted to report that things are rapidly changing for our National Jazz Treasure, Freddie Redd.

Musicares West has given support to the Redds and The Jazz Foundation of America has and is contributing to the relocation of the family. California Jazz Foundation has also expressed an interest in supporting our endeavor toward Freddie.

The Global Jazz Foundation and Meg Langford have secured the and he now has an URL of his own and a website.


Please help me with as any MP3s of Freddie's music so I can upload and create an autoplay allowing his music to be automatically heard.

I am diligently working toward getting him interviews in both Washington, DC & New York City and Baltimore & Northern Virginia with the hopes that we can interest the electronic media i.e network TV and cable and of course newspapers and magazines for features.

It has been a pleasure to work with Freddie and Meg as well as Michael and yourself to ensure the stability of Freddie & Valerie Redd and their treasured pet "Lady".

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At 2:28am on March 20, 2021, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

 It's a lovely, snowy morning in Harlem and I am just getting in from hangin' out with the "Big Boys" couldn't be better's like 40 degrees (which is heaven for a winter in NYC) and I got in about 3:00 am because I couldn't cut the music loose.


The threat of a blizzard did not deter the die-hards of Jazz or me or those other straight up Freddie Redd fans from every where (Japan, France, Germany...) from coming to see and hear the Living Legend tonight with their CDs and LPs for Mr. Redd to autograph. It was like he was a Rock Star!


Hard Bop pianist, Freddie Redd's sextet played Birdland on West 44th Street in NYC, (Mr. Redd is a TGJN Jazz Family Member) All I can say is...EXCEPTIONAL!  The horn line was burnin' with Brad Linde (another TGJN Jazz Family Member) on Tenor, Chris Byars on Alto and John Mosca on Trombone with drummer Stefan Schatz and a master of arco...Ari Roland on Bass.


Redd and the band embraced the audience with verve and a vibe that captured everyone in the room. You could hear a pin drop. The 82 year old composer, Freddie Redd played fluidly, bringing to life his compositions from his many recordings; "Shades of Redd", "Freddie Redd in Sweden" and others mixed with his critically acclaimed score in Jack Gelber's 1959 play "The Connection" and later Shirley Clarke's 1961 film adaptation and on The Blue Note Records sound track featuring the late great alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Actor Redd appeared in Gelber's play and the film.


We look forward to seeing more of Freddie Redd now that he has come back East after a long stay in Los Angeles and a new relocation to Virginia. Originally from New York City, Freddie Redd has come home to play.


Jackie McLean once said, "Freddie just appears from time to time, like some wonderful spirit."  So while Freddie is in the appearing mood and you are in NYC or somewhere nearby... catch him at Dizzy's Coca Cola Room at Jazz @ Lincoln Center on Monday, March 1, 2010 @ 11:00 PM. You will be glad you did!


My friend Janet Spittler who had been hanging out with me at Birdland and I drove up the West Side Highway to Harlem to hang out some more at St. Nick's Pub up 149th... St. Nick's Pub where some of the baddest horn players were throwin' down! when we stepped down into America's hippest Dive. Cats like trumpeter Kevin Batchelor, saxophonist Cedric Brooks, and a bunch of cats whose  names I didn't get were hittin' hard with Corcoran Holt on bass, Marcus Persianni on keys and trumpeter Melvin Vines who runs the Tuesday Night Jam with his Harlem Jazz Machine featuring singer/songwriter Gregory Porter and there were more than one dynamite drummer.


FUN! was had by all and to you all I bid you GOOD NIGHT! or I guess I should say GOOD MORNING! LOL! It's 5:58 AM and it's still snowing.


Tamm E Hunt

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Freddie Redd, Pianist and Composer Known For 'The Connection,' Has Died at 92



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