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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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At 11:55pm on May 24, 2009, Gottfried Laube said…
Hi OLGA,

LIZ, ELLA ALLISON and I got to listen to your new song. The lyrics seem to be autobiographical ? You sound great. Keep up the good work. We are wishing you further success with your recording efforts. with love and admiration MOM & GOGO
At 3:29am on May 22, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Olga,

That's a very nice tune you posted. Thanks for sharing it.
At 11:24pm on May 14, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Don"t worry about it, I still love you. Remember our days on the Strip, well I do. I hope to attend one or two of your outings. I'll stay posted and in the mean time keep on churping. Much Love ,Ali
At 2:07pm on March 3, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend!!!!!.....
Please call me @ the offc...757 538 3540...I have some GREAT marketing tips I want to share with you that will increase your network 7 fold!!!!...JB
At 12:21am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 2:16am on January 1, 2009, Bruce C said…

Ohhhh My....lol...Diva, Bombshell, and Kitchen Goddess....sooo amazin' indeed...okokokok...you've got all of my votes...love your website and your musc...and when I get to the 'burgh next year , I'm sure I'll love the food too....All my best to you and all those around too for the New Year..be well, sing up a storm, and keep the kitchen full of jazz...love to photo food anytime...'cause ya get to enjoy the product aftrwards...I've had sme truly memorable shoots....exhibit A is a sesame grilled tuna with grilled leeks from the Mermaid Tavern in Sanabelle Fl. ...yummy and filling too...Happy New Years...my best to you.....always b
At 2:27am on April 23, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Hey Olga, How are you doing? I'm really looking forward to hanging.... I can't think of anything cooler to do in the galaxy than to make some music with you, Jason, Subha and Jay... must be my lucky month! See you soon and much love and good vibes to you guys! -J
At 1:56pm on April 1, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Well, now we've met....next to catch a wave and play!!!! Hahaha! So nice meeting you and your fiance last night. I enjoyed chatting ~ more soon, promise, -janelle
At 2:57pm on March 31, 2008, THE GLOBAL JAZZ NETWORK said…
www.theglobaljazznetwork.ning.com
At 12:25am on March 28, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hello Olga. It's been a while. Hope all is well. Take care, Dave
At 4:36pm on March 25, 2008, Miles said…
Olga,
Please come join www.ilovejazz.ning.com
Miles
At 5:28pm on March 8, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
Hey Olga, We have yet to meet and play. Looking forward to it! Be well. -janelle
At 2:43am on February 19, 2008, Gottfried Laube said…
You go, Girl! The concert at Stifel was awesome. I'll always be a leader in the cheering section for live music, and especially for the Watkins musicians! Big Momma
At 7:26pm on February 16, 2008, Gottfried Laube said…
HELLO DIVA of cooking and concert,

I like YOUR soulful picture too. To me you look luciously longing and lovable.
May YOU be Blessed with continued creativity and colorful craftiness.
I have hope that your head and your heart remain the resourceful home from which the rest of us can have fantasticaly fine food and hear marvelously maddening music!
GOGO
At 5:18am on February 15, 2008, Dan Wasson said…
thx Olga
At 2:55am on February 14, 2008, Gottfried Laube said…
HEY DEAR OLGA,
PLEASE CHECK OUT MY PAGE . I LEFT A COMMENT THERE FOR YOU NOT KNOWING HOW TO GET IT TO YOU UNTIL I LOOKED RIGHT NOW AT YOUR PAGE. ANYHOW THANKS FOR INVITING ME TO THIS AWSOME WEBSITE. I DID ASK SOME OF MY KIDS AND FRIENDS TO JOIN. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR PERFORMANCE AT THE STIFEL FINE ARTS CENTER IN WHEELING THIS SATURDAY. I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WITH YOUR TRIO WILL DO JUSTICE TO THE THEME OF THE OGLEBAY INSTITUTE:
"WINE, WOMEN & SONG"
BREAK A LEG !
GOGO
At 12:10am on February 14, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Hi Olga... I look forward to be your virtual internet friend on this site! Thank you for inviting me. I listed you and your band on my favorite performers list so I hope you feel deeply, deeply honored! :-) Jeff
At 11:56pm on February 12, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Great picture Sweetie. Thanks for joining. I know you will take full advantage of the promotional options it affords. Please invite Reggie to join as I don't have his email.
At 4:42pm on February 12, 2008, Olga Watkins said…
Nelson Harrison is awesome.

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