John M. Brewer Jr. is a historian and consultant for the Pittsburgh Courier archive project, consultant for the Carnegie Museum of Art's Charles "Teenie" Harris photograph project, and the curator and founder of the Trolley Station Oral History Center in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Jazzby John M. Brewer Jr.
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Pittsburgh Jazz documents the almost forgotten magic created in the city of Pittsburgh by a host of artists, uptown inner city streets, and jazz joints that served patrons from a menu packed full of delightful music. The magical improvised songs, compositions, and unique styles of hundreds of those who were born, raised, or influenced by what occurred in the smoke filled clubs, bars, restaurants, and theaters is difficult to comprehend. And yet, every jazz artist in the world was attracted here to "stand the test" waiting in the Steel City. This book is committed to connecting Pittsburghstyle jazz as the synthesis that resulted in the art form called bebop. This photographic presentation was captured by Pittsburgh Courier photographers between the 1930s and 1980s.
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