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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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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

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            INTERVIEW

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Archie Shepp, Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders and Wendy Oxenhorn to be honored

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy Oxenhorn, executive director and vice chairman of the Jazz Foundation of America.

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Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America, at the Playing Our Parts benefit concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
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Archie Shepp in performance at the 2013 London Jazz Festival
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The NEA Jazz Masters award is the highest honor that the United States bestows on a jazz musician. It includes a cash award of $25,000 and an award ceremony and celebratory concert, among other activities. As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary events, the annual NEA Jazz Masters celebration will take place on April 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The free concert honoring the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters will be presented at 8:00 p.m. on April 4, 2016, at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and also available in a live video stream at arts.gov, Kennedy-Center.org, and NPR.org/Music. According to a press release, “In addition, as a way of expanding opportunities for the public to engage with the artists and their music, the celebration will include other activities April 2-5, such as moderated panel discussions and listening parties at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and educational opportunities for local DC students, which will feature some of the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters.” More details on these events, including how to obtain tickets for the April 4 concert, will be announced in early 2016.

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