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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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The Coventry Lions Club To Host 2011 Chester County Blues Barbeque on June 4

Coventry, PA -  The Coventry Lions Club will host the 2011 Chester County Blues Barbeque on June 4, 2 to 7 p.m. at Wyndsor Farm in Elverson to support its scholarship and outreach programs. The family-oriented event will feature three notable blues bands from the area in a spacious and scenic setting, with food and drinks available for purchase throughout the afternoon. The Barbecue will be held rain or shine as Wyndsor Farm has a large indoor arena that will serve as shelter in case of inclement weather.

Tickets are $20 per person if purchased at the gate, $15 if purchased in advance.  Advance tickets are available online on the event website,, from Coventry Lions members, and a number of local outlets. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the many charitable activities of the Coventry Lions Club in Chester County, PA

Three Great Local Blues Bands

The event will feature three outstanding Chester County blues bands.  Each band will perform a set of approximately 90 minutes.  It will be a fantastic afternoon and evening featuring some great blues music!

Voodoo DeVille : formed in 1998, Voodoo Deville has become a staple in the Chester County music scene, performing at Sportsters, Saint Peter’s Inn, Ron’s Schoolhouse, as well as many private events. According to the band, "It's never failed - when we have fun, our audience has fun. And that's why we do it."

The Alligators Blues Band : Since 1994, The Alligators have been entertaining Blues fans from Reading to Philly in a wide variety of venues. They have made the Blues pilgrimage to New Orleans, where they opened for the famed Rebirth Brass Band. The band primarily features the Chicago Blues Style, but also covers swing, rock and roll, and rockabilly styles.

Blue Cat Blues Band : From Wilmington, Delaware, the fabulous Blue Cat Blues Band plays good-time, party music that gets your foot to tapping. They’ve been featured at the renowned Wilmington Riverfront Blues Fest. Expect some great harmonica blues from this four man musical explosion.

About Coventry Lions of Pennsylvania
The Coventry Lions Club was chartered in 1958. Since then it has grown and currently has 19 very active members dedicated to the tenets of Lionism. Current projects include a medical equipment loan program, holiday baskets for the less fortunate in our community on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, leader dog training sponsorship, used eyeglasses collection for the LCIF, support for free eye exams and glasses for the less fortunate individuals in the area, an annual scholarship for an Owen J. Roberts high school graduate and much much more.

The club also sponsors a Leo Club at the Owen J. Roberts school district (OJR) Middle school as well as the Lion Cubs, an exciting initiative for students attending any of the five OJR elementary schools. The purpose of the youth program clubs is to instill a sense of civic pride and service responsibilities in today’s youth.  Find out more about these youth programs by clicking the Youth Programs link located at the top of our web page.

To support these projects, the Coventry Lions club holds various fundraising events to raise awareness of the needs of the sight impaired and funding for the service activities supported by the club.
Ray Bentley
171 Grove Road
Elverson, PA 19520

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