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Harold Mabern: The Accompanist

Harold Mabern (photo: Shawn Brackbill)

Harold Mabern remembers the exact date he moved to New York: November 21, 1959.

He and Frank Strozier, the alto saxophonist who played with Mabern in the Chicago group MJT+3, moved together, and upon checking their bags at the hotel, they headed straight to Birdland.

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Mike Shanley

Mike Shanley has been a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and gladly welcomes any visitors to the city, most likely with a cup of coffee in one hand. Over the years, he has written for several alternative weekly papers and played bass guitar in several indie rock bands. He currently writes for the bi-weekly paper Pittsburgh Current and maintains a blog at