PROGRESSIVE MUSIC COMPANY

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS

BOYS CHOIR AFRICA SHIRTS
 
 
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 Pain Relief Beyond Belief

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PITTSBURGH JAZZ

 

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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR FREDDIE HUBBARD

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Faithful Central Church Tabernacle
321 W. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, Ca. 90301

Viewing............ 11:00 AM
Funeral............. 1:00 PM

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HELPFUL HINTS

As 2008 comes to a close we are overwhelmingly grateful for each and every member. The more you play around with your page the more you will learn. Anything you post you can also delete or edit. If you want to increase you traffic, make lots of friends; annotate your photos and videos. THE MAGIC TRAFFIC GENERATOR IS THE TAG. Make sure you put key words in the tag of every post and also your name. Viral marketing is driven by the tag so never leave the tag blank. You can also edit… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 30, 2008 at 3:31am — 6 Comments

SEASON'S GREETINGS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

"Friendship is like music; two strings tuned alike, will both stir though but only one you strike." ---Francis Quarles We are individually and collectively blessed by each other in the fashion of the above quote and together we reach beyond our individual preferences to deploy the vibrations of love, peace, friendship, joy, and human kinship throughout the known and unknown Universe when we share our personal truth with another. We thank each of you for sharing yourselves on this network and we… Continue

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VETERAN BOP DRUMMER RON TUCKER JOINS THE ANCESTORS

HARRY E. "RON" TUCKER

Age 79, of Pittsburgh, peacefully on Saturday September 27, 2008; husband of Delores Tucker; father of Judith Seibert of Philadelphia, Lovella Spaulding, Vivian Crawley, Florence Glenn, Noel Webb, and Charles Crawley; brother of Bernard Tucker of Philadelphia. Memorial Service to be held on a later date. Professional services entrusted to COSTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-661-5916

www.costonfuneralhome.com

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Earn Money Listening to Music! (Pittsburgh) - Craiglist

Reply to: see below

Date: 2008-08-22, 3:21PM EDT





Media Research Now, a market research firm serving clients worldwide, is seeking individuals in the Pittsburgh area to participate in a PAID research study. These groups will be conducted Tuesday, August 26 in the afternoon/evening hours. Each group will last about 2 hours, and you will be paid $60 upon completion of the group.



If you or anyone you know may be interested, please visit this website to see if you… Continue

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THE WESTINGHOUSE HIGH SCHOOL WALL OF FAME - 2007

The Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame

Monday, February 19, 2007

Compiled by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A list of people who were inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame. Where available, achievements are noted.



ARTISTS

• Henry Fiore

• Howard Russell

• Mary Lois Verilla (the woman who paints Pittsburgh)



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

• Al Aarons -- performed with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones,…
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VENERATED ARTIST THAD MOSLEY SCULPTS TO JAZZ

Mosley sculpts a lifetime of passion By C. Denise Johnson | Courier Staff Writer “My sculpture is an urban Afro-American-Euro-Jazz influenced art. It is an effort to create works of vitality and identity which enhance space and transcend time.” If you’ve ever been down Herron Avenue between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue, you may notice an abstract looking piece of artwork that marks the Martin Luther King Reading Room and Cultural Center on Milwaukee Street; that piece of chiseled… Continue

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THE RHYTHM ROAD: AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD OPENS AUDITIONS BANDS FOR TOURING

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad is a partnership between Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed to foster cultural exchange with audiences worldwide through performance and educational outreach. Selected ensembles tour to such regions as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for approximately one month. International… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 8:14pm — 9 Comments

Musicians to pay tribute to Turrentine brothers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bob Karlovits TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, August 14, 2008 For Mike Tomaro and Marty Ashby, paying tribute to the jazz legacies of Stanley and Tommy Turrentine is as natural as having a picnic in the summer. It seems only appropriate they are doing it at a free, late afternoon concert in Highland Park. "Stanley was a huge influence on me," says saxophonist Tomaro, who also is an arranger and head of jazz studies at Duquesne University. "Matter of fact, anyone who plays this instrument owes… Continue

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PURSUE YOUR DREAM

by Peter Weddle In tough economic times, it may seem out of place to talk about pursuing one's dreams. For many of us, such an endeavor is far too lofty and maybe even dangerously naive when just finding a job is the order of the day. Having been out of work myself from time-to-time, I am very respectful of this view. I've also learned, however, that it is absolutely wrong. The time to get it right - the time to acknowledge and act on your dreams - is… Continue

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Isaac Hayes, Deep-Voiced Soul Icon, Is Dead at 65

August 10, 2008

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 8:56 p.m. ET With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie ''Shaft'' not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Hayes' career. Yet the ''Theme from Shaft,'' which would earn both Grammys and an Oscar, was just a snippet of the groundbreaking music for which Hayes -- who… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 11, 2008 at 3:33am — 2 Comments

JOYCE BREACH RETURNS HOME FOR JULY APPEARANCE

THE FABULOUS TOM MCKINLEY WILL BE HOME FOR A VISIT IN JULY. WOULD BE NICE IF HE HAD A

VENUE SO PEOPLE COULD HEAR HIS AMAZING VIRTUOUSITY........ THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT

FAMILIAR - YOU NEED TO GET FAMILIAR!!!!!! CURRENTLY ONE OF THE WORLD'S CLASSICAL

COMPOSERS OF GREAT MERIT BUT SWINGS HIS ASS OFF IN JAZZ. WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE

HIGH SCHOOL. CHECK HIM OUT ON THE INTERNET.CLASSICAL WRITING NAME: WILLIAM THOMAS

MCKINLEY. LAST TIME HE PLAYED FOR THE JAZZ SOCIETY, HE… Continue

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DWIGHT WHITE CROSSES THE VEIL

Dwight White Rest in Peace Tiny by maryrose on Jun 6, 2008 3:24 PM EDT Dwight White, a famed member of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain, became the second member of the Curtain to pass away this year (Ernie Holmes). White died after complications of back surgery that he underwent a week ago. He was only 59-years old. I am proud that White signed my Helmet. He was underrated in my opinion. He earned two Pro Bowls and four career Super Bowl Rings. He is a member of the All-Time Steelers 75th… Continue

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MUSIC CALENDAR FOR THE THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL 2008

Unless otherwise noted, Lunchtime shows are at 12 pm. Happy Hour shows are at 5:30 pm. Opening Acts go on at 6:30 with Headliners at 7:30. Late Night concerts begin after Main Stage performances are over, usually around 9:30 pm. Lunchtime, opening acts and headliners all take place on the Main Stage at Stanwix Triangle. Happy Hour and Late Night shows are in Market Square. All performances are free and open to the public.



Friday, June 6

Blindsider Main Stage Lunchtime Show (12… Continue

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KENIA RETURNS FROM BRAZIL

05.29.08



www.kenialive.com





Recap from trip to Brazil





On my last communication with you I was very short on telling about my time spent in Brazil. Although I don’t intend to share a diary, I would love to share some of the good times I spent there and maybe even introduce you to some of the great people I got to spend a little time with. (more details on my blog at myspace.com./keniabrazil)



First and foremost, I went to visit and…
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IAJE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY - CANCELS 2009 CONVENTION

Dear IAJE Family,



It is with a great sense of loss that I inform you that despite drastic efforts to cut expenses and raise emergency funds, the IAJE Board has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. I want to thank profusely those who responded with their generous donations and offers of assistance following my last communication. While over 250 individuals contributed just over $12,000, this, along with the many other efforts and contributions of… Continue

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HAROLD BETTERS AT PENN STATE - APRIL 25, 2008

Harold Betters at the Williams Building Penn State Fayette Campus Friday April 25 , 2008 7 PM free for students with ID ,$5 for non students.

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KENTE ARTS ALLIANCE PRESENTS TRIBUTE TO ROY ELDRIDGE - APRIL 19, 2008

On the heels of its sold-out performance for the Roger Humphries tribute to Horace Silver, Kente is presenting the last concert in its Jazz Legacy Series-the Pittsburgh Connection. The concert will feature Steve Turre one of the world’s preeminent jazz innovators. He will be accompanied by some of the greatest players on the scene today. They will pay tribute to Pittsburgh legend Roy Eldridge aka “Little Jazz”.







Steve Turre, trombone and shells



Buster Williams,… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 12, 2008 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month and Pittsburgh’s rich jazz history with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Join us for a conversation with photographer, Nathan Schritter, and informal discuss…

Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month and Pittsburgh’s rich jazz history with



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust



Join us for a conversation with photographer, Nathan Schritter, and informal discussion about Pittsburgh jazz history with Dr. Nelson Harrison on Saturday, April 12th from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at 709 Penn Avenue Gallery, Cultural District. Enjoy live jazz with the African American Jazz Preservation Band led by Chuck Austin throughout the day. Refreshments will be… Continue

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Musicians take social networking into their own hands

By Jennifer NetherbyFri Mar 28, 10:17 PM ET



50 Cent has more than 1 million friends on MySpace, but if the rapper ever decides to leave the social network, he'll be leaving behind those friends, too. So like a growing number of artists, he's started his own social networking site.



On Thisis50.com, fans can create profiles and friend lists just like on MySpace, but 50 Cent has direct access to the site's users and their e-mail addresses.



More and more acts, from… Continue

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