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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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Pittsburgh Connection
Born and raised in Pgh and had the honor and privledge of working with and learning from some of Pittsburgh's best musicians, which gave me the experience and afforded me the opportunities to further my profession.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
So many greats here, but my list is of musicians that have touched my life and shaped my career from Pittsburgh directly are: Jack Purcell, Joe Negri, Frank Ostrowski, Stan Leonard, Ernie Matteo, Don Aliquo, Mary Lou Haugh, John Costa, Bobby Negri, Sandy Staley {I've never heard a better vocalist}, Lenny Rogers, Randy Purcell, Bobby Boswell, Harold Betters, John Wilson and many more and I thank you all for your kindness, loyality,inspiration and motivation. I have found from my travels and experience that Pittsburgh musicians are second to none. I love you all !
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Kunv-- The University of Nevada Las Vegas Jazz Station
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
I've been gone from Pgh. for quite a while, so I'm not aware of the hip,in places but anywhere there is great music played by great musicians is my favorite venue.
About Me:
Jack Cenna Pittsburgh born and raised , educated at Eastman School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music came home after school and performed in Pgh. Symphony as first call extra percussionist for 4 seasons and playing percussion with Dave Stock and the Pgh. New Music Ensemble, Director of Percussion Studies at University of Pgh.,all the while playing commercial music as a freelancer, mainly playing drums. I have had the best of orchestral and commercial worlds and experience in Pgh.I Worked the Holiday House for 3 1/2 years with Randy Purcell. playing drums and percussion 7 nights a week 50 weeks a year all the while taking off to work with all the musicians I previously mentioned. I moved to Las Vegas in 1981 and have had a rich and rewarding professional life working in every major hotel for almost every act over that time. I have been fortunate to have been associated and affiliated with the great musical director, Vinnie Falcone as his personal percussionist for the past 27 years performing for the elite of the entertainment world. I am a die hard Pgh. sports fan {Steelers, Pirates, University of Pgh,} and really miss and love the city , the musicians,the rich culture,heritage,history and the diverse ethnicity of this great city.
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At 11:47pm on May 28, 2009, Deb Weible said…
Hi Jack! Thanks for reaching out! Yep, that sounds like Moe! Deb
At 1:35am on May 5, 2009, SANDY STALEY (VAPORETTI) said…
PLEASE E-MAIL ME THE ADDRESS. AND THANKS FOR THINKING
OF ME. HAPPY TO BE IN TOUCH AGAIN AFTER ALL THIS
TIME. MY E-MAIL IS staley948@comcast.net
At 1:46pm on March 30, 2009, Marty Ashby said…
Jack,
Sorry for the delay - I generally do not have time to check these messages.

Feel free to give me a call at the office regarding the cards.
412-322-0820

Best regards, - Marty
 
 
 

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