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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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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.

 

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I was born in Pittsburgh;my parents are from Pittsburgh.
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George Jones (percusion)
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Salsamba; Spider Rondanelli.
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I;m Hassan Jones son of George Jones. a Grate Pittsburgh jazz artist.I live in NorthCarolina. My father introduced me to jazz at an eraly age.
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At 3:43am on April 6, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…
Hi Hassan,
Mara here. As you appear to be a jazz fan, I am writing to extend to you a personal invitation: My group, the Mara Rosenbloom Quartet will be on tour from New York City next week! We perform original jazz music, & will be kicking off our spring tour in Pittsburgh, Wed, April 14, 8:00pm @ Shadow Lounge. We make this music for sharing! So, I hope you'll be able to join us. You can have a listen at www.mararosenbloom.com, or simply write me for more info!

Hope you can make it out!
Sincerely,
Mara
At 6:02pm on April 19, 2009, George C Jones said…
Hi Hassan, this is a great way for us to communicate. Our new Salsamba C.D. should be ready around the end of May I'll be sure to send you a copy. Take care ,tell mom I said hi
Love ya,
Pop
At 7:00pm on April 16, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
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Welcome Hassan,
Thank you for joining !
Feel free to check out my New SPRING Album!
Peace, Luiz
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At 6:21am on April 15, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Hassan,

Thank for joining your family and our extended family. your parents are stalwarts in the jazz community. Please help us celebrate them, the music and you. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.
At 11:09am on April 14, 2009, Linda Jones said…
Hi Hassan, how are you doing? So nice to hear from you! I hope you had a good Easter. Take care for now!
Linda

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