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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.

 

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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I love them all ....... they are all unique . We have lots of incredibly talented people in the 'Burgh . Everybody has a different way of seeing and hearing things . My very first concert was George Benson so he is REALLY special to me .... and of course my father is totally inspiring to me .
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At 7:09pm on April 2, 2009, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Man!! you sure are smokin'!!
Much love!!
At 12:26am on March 15, 2009, Vickie Bey said…
Thanks for the invitation. I'm LOVING the music that I'm hearing from you. It's taking me to a wonderful, uplifting place.
Peace!
Vickie
At 12:30am 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 10:56pm on September 25, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hey Tony
Check out my rhythm world!
Be blessed,
Luiz
At 8:23pm on August 21, 2008, Ken Lamison said…
Tony,
Still want that speaker cab, just haven't headed South lately. I'll talk to you over the weekend.
Ken
At 2:58am on August 11, 2008, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
I joined.
Much love!
Papa
At 11:14pm on May 31, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Thanks man, likewise; Victor Vicious is great! I learned some great stuff studying with your dad back in the day....Best wishes and I hope you are re-cooperating well from your accident..... (:
At 4:03pm on April 30, 2008, Allan Harris said…
hey tony, how's your dad? haven't talked to him in ages. your playing some nice guitar!
all the best,
allan
At 11:23pm on April 28, 2008, Bill Coffee said…
Hey Tony,
Thanks for the invite!

Bill
At 2:40am on March 28, 2008, Melissa Good said…
Thanks for the invitation, Tony! Hope to see you performing again soon! What kind of guitar do you have on your pic? My sons will be interested!

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