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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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60th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE & CELEBRATION for Maryellen Deckard

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60th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE  & CELEBRATION for Maryellen Deckard

Time: February 3, 2018 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: Dorothy 6 Cafe
Street: 224 E. 8th Avenue
City/Town: homestead, PA15120
Phone: 412-654-6115 or 412-452-8014
Event Type: testimonial, dinner, $25, live, music, tribute, old, school, band, silent, auction, raffle, drawing
Organized By: Anita Drummond
Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2018

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Come out and thank Maryellen for being there for every worthy cause, personal and community if not in person, in spirit and support.  She is Allegheny County's best community organizer, festival producer and musicians friend.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 31, 2018 at 7:31am

In Homestead we are asking that all the organizations, family and friends and the jazz rhythm and blues world to please attend this Tribute for this remarkable lady - Ms. Maryellen Deckard.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 31, 2018 at 7:29am

Maryellen is presently the Executive Director of Anew community Institute.  She is one of the best social justice leaders and organizers in Pittsburgh. In 2014 and 2015 she and her committee had a jazz festival in Homestead honoring jazz legend and homestead native, Maxine Sullivan.  She is the director of the East Liberty Harvest Fest and in the summer she gives jobs to at-risk children.  With her great people-person skills and leadership she has presently opened a Printing Company.

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 31, 2018 at 12:33am

Maryellen is the former ACORN director, the former Pittsburgh PA Acton United director, the former Executive director for Philadelphia's Action United, on the board of the Harambee Ujima Black Art culture Festival opening ceremony and parade.

Comment by Pgh Rich on January 30, 2018 at 9:57am

Will try my best to attend  thanks for the invite

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