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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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BLUES ORPHANS - Point Breezeway Restaurant

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BLUES ORPHANS - Point Breezeway Restaurant

Time: April 1, 2017 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: PointBreezeway Restaurant
Street: 7113 Reynolds Ave in Point Breeze
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Website or Map:…
Phone: (412) 770-7830
Event Type: live, music, show, original, tunes, fun, $20, cover, includes, snacks, and, punch, byob
Latest Activity: Apr 2, 2017

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Always wanted to see the Blues Orphans but didn't want to cross the river? 
("Cuz you KNOW you'll never find your way back home!")
Well, now's the time, this is your chance.  HOUSE PARTAAAAAY!

$20 or whatever;   kids welcome, complimentary.  
Doors open at 7PM. Music begins at 7:30PM. End 9:30.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 31, 2017 at 12:27am

Blues Orphans present the mellow musical stylings of Bob Gabig's brilliant songs, including some exciting NEW ouevres, domestic soap-operas about robots, medical marijuana, salt sugar and fat. And our old including "I don't go cross the river". A subbbbbbtle blend of Pittsburgh soul, hillbilly hiphop, beatnik bebop, rockabilly satire.

Our CD "Hystericana" is sweeping the nation!  

(Which needs it...just look at that dust.) 

Including the Pittsburgh National Anthem  "Yinzer Polka". 

  • That's Bob Gabig, a cool cat, on guitar & vocals, prolific witty songwriter (funny but clean lyrics, folks), master showman. The Chief! Survivor of many vicious baguette attacks. He crafts songs as pithy poems of hilarity. Oh, and he shreds on guitar like a monster.
  • That's Nelson Harrison , trombone and trombetto and vocals... veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Dionne Warwicke, James Brown, The (original) Supremes and the (original) Temptations, Mary Wells, Little Stevie Wonder; inventor, psychologist, Pittsburgh Jazz Network founder, metaphysicist, composer etc etc. 
  • That's Bob's brother Andy Gabigblues harp, jaw-dropping.  How'd he do that!!???  One of the most distinct and unusual harmonica players ever. He can make it sound like everything from a fiddle to an accordion, and covers a range from jazz to waltz. And he's probably the most humble musician you've ever met.
  • That's Roger Day, a.k.a. Professor Beautiful, pan-ethnic tuba-sin-fronteras-- all jazz, all latino, all klezmer, all funk, all ears. 


Music is good medicine!     Tastes good too.

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