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From Blakey to Brown, Como to Costa, Eckstine to Eldridge, Galbraith to Garner, Harris to Hines, Horne to Hyman, Jamal to Jefferson, Kelly to Klook; Mancini to Marmarosa, May to Mitchell, Negri to Nestico, Parlan to Ponder, Reed to Ruther, Strayhorn to Sullivan, Turk to Turrentine, Wade to Williams… the forthcoming publication Treasury of Pittsburgh Jazz Connections by Dr. Nelson Harrison and Dr. Ralph Proctor, Jr. will document the legacy of one of the world’s greatest jazz capitals.


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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Charlie G. Sanders's Blog – October 2011 Archive (3)

Savoy Jazz Night

Wow! What a night, it just keeps getting better!  I want to thank everyone who attended Jazz Night @ Savoy this past Monday, Oct. 17th.  Etta Cox was the featured guest artist and she did a fantastic job!  The sheer joy that was generated by the music, the restaurant, the food, the crowd; everything, was a thrill to behold.  I don't have the words to tell you how much it means to me to see just how ecstatic people are who have experienced a night of jazz @ Savoy.  I have been so blessed in…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 19, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

Savoy Jazz Night

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who was able to come out to Savoy Restaurant this past Monday (Oct 10) to support Jazz Night at Savoy.  The night was a great success!  It was very well attended.  And everyone there will testify that the night was absolutely magical; Sean Jones is a "monster".  Let's keep it up; attend as often as you can; you won't be disappointed.  And when you can't attend, be sure to send someone else to keep your seat warm :)  See you on the Oct 17 when the special… Continue

Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 11, 2011 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Savoy Restaurant hosts Jazz on Mondays

My friends and fellow lovers of jazz,

As I’m sure many of you are already aware, I have had the pleasure of creating a jazz night every Monday, starting at 5pm, at one of the most exciting new restaurants in the city, Savoy.

To date, Savoy has hosted 5 Mondays (the first, on August 15, was a preview party).  The first 3 (including the Aug 15 event) were very well attended and everyone I spoke to had a great time and applauded the addition of a jazz night to the Savoy…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on October 6, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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