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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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       In Her Own Words

Phat Man Dee opens for Candye Kane TONIGHT at Moondogs & then sings at NOLA on Sat!

Hey friends,
Thank you so much for being the beautiful people you are! It is an honor to live in this world and know that you are out there and I can sing to you and you will like it..... It's really all I have ever wanted. I may not be rich in dollars or gold, but in spirit and love I feel like I won every level and got every super jackpot on every pinball I have ever played.

TONIGHT, Friday April 22, 2011 our region is blessed with the incoming of one of the greatest divas of them all, the Toughest Girl Alive herself, Candye Kane! I met her years ago when I opened up for her at Club Cafe and then toured briefly with her in California and Arizona with the Fat Bottomed Girl Burlesque Review in 2005. She has received many accolades and awards as a blues singer since and has even produced a musical about her life called the "The Toughest Girl Alive". She is an incredible singer and a beautiful performer, we are blessed to have her talents travel through our region. Please come on out, it will be an amazing night!

Show time is 9 pm and Moondogs is located at 378 Freeport Rd, Blawnox, PA 15238. Phone at the club is 412-848-2040. I will be singing with Carlos Peña, Ralphie Crewe and Miguel Sague III of Guaracha Latin Dance Band!

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The following evening on Saturday April 23, 2011, I am singing downtown, in the heart of the cultural district at one of Pittsburgh's newest and tastiest clubs....... NOLA on the Square! Join us in a beautiful evening of music, jazz in English, Spanish and of course French at this beautiful restaurant, a New Orleans Jazz Brasserie located on beautifully renovated Market Square. A breathtaking transformation of the storied 1902 Landmark Tavern, a Nouveau Creole menu by Executive Chef Andrew Hebson, Bourbon Street cocktails, live jazz and blues music at least twice a week all contribute to that Big Easy vibe. You'll love our Patio seating on Market Square and the convenience of valet parking. Stroll by and come see us at Nola On The Square! I will be singing with Carlos Peña, Ralphie Crewe and George Jones!

Show time is 9 pm - 12 am The cover is a $5 voluntary donation, 100% of the proceeds benefiting, MAKE IT RIGHT "helping to rebuild New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward" and THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION GULF OIL SPILL RECOVERY FUND.
(Donation Recipient is Customer's Choice)
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And in closing, to recap from last week, we raised almost $1000 for the Tsunami Benefit for the International Medical Corps at the Shadow Lounge! Thank you to those of you who came to support and to perform, we had a most magical evening. I captured the show on video, so I hope to get a little time to edit and post some of those incredible performances. Blessings upon you and much love. Next week I am emceeing the Bridge City Bombshells show at Belvedere's on Friday and singing with Miguel and Carlos at the Christine Frechard Gallery on Saturday from 7:30 - 9:30 pm, more info soon.

Quick reminder, do YOU have your copy of Formula 412's new album "Reality Show"? I am on it! The track is #9 and the song title is "One Hit Wonderfool" and I am very pleased about it.
Find more FORMULA412 albums at Myspace Music
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The group is amazing, I have known the musicians a loooong time and really am quite honored to be included.

Be well, I hope to see you this weekend.

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