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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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October 18, 2013


CD Release Event for Charlie G. Sanders’ debut album, “Escape To Love”


Pittsburgh, Pa. – After 3 years in the making, Charlie G. Sanders’ debut album, “Escape To Love” is finally available for purchase on October 31, 2012.  On November 4, 2013 the CD release party event for “Escape To Love” will be held at Savoy Restaurant, 2623 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.


The event will be an expanded special edition of the popular Savoy Monday Night Jazz presentations; the hours for the event will be the same as the typical Monday Night Jazz @ Savoy format; restaurant open from 5pm to 10pm; music starts at 6pm and is over no later than 10pm.  And it is free to the public.


Additional features of this special edition of Savoy Monday Night Jazz are as follows:


  • Two bands will be featured; Roger Humphries’ RH Factor will perform from 6pm to no later than 7:30pm, then at 8:30pm the live performance of the entire album, “Escape To Love” will start and, including one short break, will go until no later than 10pm.


  • The upstairs lounge will be open for patrons to enjoy.  It will be set up so that the bands will be able to be heard and seen via video monitors and the cutting edge in-house sound system.


  • Complimentary appetizers will be served in the upstairs lounge during the break between the two bands; from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


  • Also, during the breaks, copies of Charlie G.’s debut album, “Escape To Love” will be available for purchase.



For more than 2 years Savoy has presented some of the best live jazz on Monday nights; played by some of the best artists in jazz today.  Some of whom appear on the album, “Escape To Love”!  Musicians like the world renowned trumpeter, Sean Jones and bassist, Dwayne Dolphin and the critically acclaimed pianist, David Budway, just to name a few.  Charlie G. has worked hard to translate the beauty of this album to an amazing live event at Savoy to introduce it to the public.  Mark the date; you won’t want to miss it!


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