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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.

 

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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Posted on May 26, 2008 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Are you kidding me? Although he has served the community very well I will never forgive him for causing a mistrial in the Johnny Gammage case. Those cops should have gone to prison for murder, but Wecht's big mouth caused a mistrial and he knew it would!!! That's not a public servant with the interest of justice in mind. So, now why should he get justice. Just so you know, I can't stand Bush and what he has done to this country!

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At 11:30pm on March 29, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend...Please tune in to my talk radio show that airs each Mon-Thurs 7-9pm EST....Friday 6-8pm EST @ http://blogtalkradio.com/Jerry-Butler7 ...I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show!!!...Interested???...If so,please call me @ 757 538 3540 or call in to the show @ 646 929 0434...also simply go to blackstartupbiz.com..then view my schedule....don't meet me there...Beat me there!!!...JB

I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show...The radio show is geared towards helping business owners,entrepreneurs,unsigned talent,and anyone else get added exposure to their business...INTERESTED????...if so, first go to BLACKSTARTUPBIZ.COM...sign up...become a member...Click 2 BE A GUEST..then call me @ the offc...757 538 3540 so I can then set you up a date and time to be a featured guest....also if I am not your friend please add me as your friend...thanx...Please join my network Blackstartupbiz.com....I would love to have "you" there!!!...also while there check out my interviews with Erotic Author Zane...Twista...his new single "Wetter"...and my interview with Barry Gordy's new artist Leigh Jones and her wonderful music as well!!!!.....JB
At 1:40am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 12:36pm on September 9, 2008, Gene Ludwig said…
Hi Jack, Nice to see you here. Yes, it was Gene Walker and he lives in Columbus. I just played a gig with him in Columbus this past April, he still is a monster on that horn. Stay well, Gene
At 5:19am on May 29, 2008, Jack Bishop said…
Incredible!! The Mighty Matchez and the Mississippi! Great memories. Great Water!
The French Quarter Festival was amazing!! Thanks for digging up the memories my brother.
At 6:11am on May 28, 2008, Dave Yoho said…

Jake, here's you & me overlooking the 'ole Mississippi back in 2000...remember? I still got that plastic bottle that I filled with river water. I labeled it: "Sip when in need of Rhythm"
At 9:49am on May 26, 2008, Andy Gabig said…
Jako
Just last night i was sitting out back thinking about calling you,I miss you too. Of course I will get you the CD. I have to update my info and get your phone # and email addr.
Tell Monica Hi, & give litttle Lucas a kiss
I will be in touch
At 9:09pm on May 23, 2008, KENIA said…
Hi Jack,
Hope all is well with you. I appreciate you guys sharing all the wonderful pics and films of Lucas. He's such a cute little guy :-)
Hope to have a chance to see you guys sometime soon.
Love to all,
Kenia
At 6:39pm on May 15, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello from Yoho. Hope all's well with you Jake
At 10:12pm on May 14, 2008, Jack Bishop said…
Hey Nelson and everyone, I'm glad to be part of the PGH Jazz Network! Thank you for inviting me.
Miss you my brother and the city.
Jack
At 7:20am on May 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jack,

Haven't heard from you in a while but I know we can stay in better through this network. Andy Gabig is a member. Check it out and let us know how you like it.

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