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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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Interval Monday @ AVA Lounge (E. Liberty) - J. Malls last night

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Interval Monday @ AVA Lounge (E. Liberty) - J. Malls last night

Time: December 3, 2012 at 9pm to December 4, 2012 at 2am
Location: AVA Lounge
Street: 126 S. Highland Ave. (E. Liberty)
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-363-8277
Event Type: live, jazz, open, jam, session
Organized By: AVA Lounge, The Interval Trio, J. Malls
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2012

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Live jazz with The Interval Trio & friends, 1st set @ 9 PM, drink specials 10 PM-2 AM, 21+, $3 cover. FOOD AVAILABLE UNTIL 11 PM.  DJ's spin jazz in between sets.

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From the desk of J. Malls ...

This is my last Interval Monday, as I will not be organizing or promoting any events next year. I've already taken a step back from it and now I'm officially taking a hiatus from event promotion in 2013. Becoming involved with Interval has been an awesome experience! I've met a ridiculous number of incredibly cool folks ranging from young players who are fresh on the scene to legendary local players who were involved with some of my favorite recordings. Hope that you can make it out tomorrow as I will be putting a few crates of Interval Monday vinyl favorites together for the last hoorah.

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Comment by Kevin Hurst, Sr. on January 30, 2012 at 3:43am

Dan Wasson gonna be there? Oh man I gotta come hear him play or hang with him an listen LOL- kev-

Had a nice time friday with Lillie Abreu @ CAPA and the student art exhibit. Her son RAFAEL is cool also

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