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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.






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



       In Her Own Words

Tonight is Cinco de Mayo Eve! Animal Friends Benefit at Diesel!

Friends, Romans, Yinzers! I entreat you to celebrate your Latin American heritage, or if you are like me, celebrate the heritage of the Latin Americans around you! Sorry for the late notice but I just got a call to sing as opening act for Pittsburgh's longest running Latin Dance Band, Guaracha! Tonight at Shadow Lounge I am singing this evening May 4, 2011 from about 9:30 - 10:15 pm as the opening act for Guaracha Latin Dance Band's Fiesta Wednesdays! Join me as I sing with their band leader Miguel Sague III and their guitarist Carlos Peña as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo Eve! The event is only $7, 18 and over, and if you bring a non perishable food item, it is only $5. To date they have raised almost 1000 pounds of food for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. After I sing, Miguel will be giving dance lessons in salsa, side step, back step and cha cha style, and maybe even some merengue! Finally, the piece de la resistance, Guaracha will take the stage, about 11 or so, and blow us away with their salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaton and more! Cuban standards and original music! I hope to see you out tonight!
This weekend, on Friday May 6 2011, from 6:00pm - 9:30pm, I am singing and emceeing at a benefit for Animal Friends at Diesel.
Here's the deets:
"Charaoke…Karaoke with a ♥” is brought to you by Top of the Line Entertainment! TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:
The night will feature karaoke by Anti-Flag's JUSTIN SANE, The Pump Fake's PATRICK MALONEY, Toonseum's JOE WOS, Comedian AARON KLEIBER, Former On-Air Radio Host SHAWN ISRAEL, Singer JESS SIDES, Comedian SEAN COLLIER, Una De Luna's MARLA DEGENHARDT, Comedian STEVE SWANSON, Ferris Bueller's Revenge's SHAWN MAUDHUIT, Kill the Drama's BRYAN LASKEY, also featuring a few members of the STEEL CITY DERBY DEMONS!!!! The event will be hosted by PHAT MAN DEE! Judges include WTAE's SALLY WIGGIN, 100.7FM’s MELANIE TAYLOR, WDVE’s MIKE WYSOCKIi and City Paper Radio Host LYNN CULLEN! All proceeds go to ANIMAL FRIENDS!!!
DIESEL CLUB LOUNGE is located at:
1601 East Carson Street, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Facebook event page link:
And then next week I have 2 wonderful events that I am very very excited about!
Friday May 13, 2011 I am singing and emceeing for the Sticky Buns Burlesque Troupe from Baltimore, MD at the Rex Theater!
Friday, May 13 · 8:00pm - 11:30pm
"Sticky Buns Burlesque brings Baltimore bizarreness to Rex"
Baltimore’s Sticky Buns Burlesque troupe is performing at the Rex Theater for a Friday the 13th Masquerade Ball. Sticky Buns specializes in unique theatrical striptease with sexy, comedic commentary.
They’ll be performing with local jazz singer Phat Man Dee and the Bridge City Bombshells.
The show is part of the “Burlesque at the Rex” series. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day-of-show, and to fit with the Friday the 13th Masquerade Ball, $13 in costume. Advanced ticket-holders will be refunded $2 at the door if in costume.
Doors open 8:00 PM; show begins 9:00 PM.
Tickets are available here:
The Rex Theater is located at 1602 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
Facebook event page:
The following day on Saturday, May 14 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
I am singing at the Grand Re Opening of Eljay's Books!
They are now located in Dormont at 3233 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
I was so sad when they left South Side, but their new store is so big and lovely!
They are full of books and ready to party. We just need you. (And your family and friends, and their family and friends etc...
Music from Tommy Amoeba and Phat Man Dee with Andrew the Impaled and special surprise guests!
Cheap Books! Food and Drink More Books! Door Prizes And did I mention all the Books?
Dates to save, more info soon:
May 21, 2011 I am singing at DraculaCon in Windber, PA at the Grand Midway Hotel. More info:
May 25, 2011 I am singing back up for Christiane D's new solo album preview at the August Wilson Center. More info soon!
As a closing statement, my friend Baby Dee, an incredible songstress, composer, pianist, and harpist is performing this Friday night at the Warhol Museum. I toured in the circus with her back in the mid 90's. She is one of my biggest inspirations. I am going to be raising money for Animal Friends at Diesel, and our event is going to rock, but if you can split your night in 2 and do both, I highly recommend you check her out.
More info:
Love, light and vegan flavored butter cakes,

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