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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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Event Details

Etta Cox

Time: November 28, 2017 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: City of Asylum @ Alphabet City
Street: 40 W. North Ave
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:…
Phone: 4124351110
Event Type: free, concert
Organized By: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2017

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Event Description

Join us for an evening of jazz with Etta Cox!

EttaEtta Cox has been voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” in Pittsburgh for 8 consecutive years and has received the Harry Schwalb Award for Excellence in the Arts , was selected as one of the 25 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN PITTSBURGH by Pittsburgh Magazine , voted Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, received Talk Magazine’s 2008 Walt Harper All that Jazz Award, 2001 Arts and Letters Award from the YWCA and Lifetime Achievement Award from Covenant Church on the Hill for 2008.

She and Al Dowe have been performing not only in the Pittsburgh area but New York, Atlantic City and Key West Florida.  They were also the co-owners of the popular jazz club Dowe’s on 9th.   They have opened for such names as Ray Charles, Doc Severinson, David Brenner, Debbie Reynolds Donald O’Connor, Danny Glover, Ossie Davis, Mavis Staples, Mark Murphy and Allen Harris.  She and Mr. Dowe made a premiere performance with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theaters’ production of Smokin’ Roses with performances at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater and Wolf Trap.

Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, she has performed in the tri-state area for many years.  She has appeared on Broadway in I Love My Wife, with Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, the 1940’s Radio Hour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as the starring role in Showtime’s production of The Me Nobody Knows.  Locally she has appeared in the Pittsburgh Public Theaters’ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, City Theaters’ productions of From the Mississippi DeltaSpunkAvenue X and Crowns.  She is well remembered for her starring roles in Ken Gargaro’s production of Beehive and the Shakespeare Festivals’ Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Her film career started in 1985 with Silent Witness, starring Valerie Bertinelli and John Savage, Lady Beware, with Diane Lane and Michael Woods, Criminal Justice with Jennifer Grey an Forrest Whitaker, Bump in the Night with Meredith Baxter and Christopher Reeves and The Cemetery Club with Ellen Burstyn and Danny Aiello, Warrior  starring Nick Nolte and The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe.

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Comment by Pgh Rich on November 23, 2017 at 8:09am

Love that Lady

Comment by Pgh Rich on November 23, 2017 at 8:01am

They must get some Dewars over there can not drink any other Scotch

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