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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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       In Her Own Words

Mass March Against the Racist Wars at Home and Abroad

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Mass March Against the Racist Wars at Home and Abroad

Time: January 19, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Start at Forbes & Bigelow in Oakland, march to City County Building Downtown on Grant Street!
City/Town: Pittsburgh
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Event Type: march, and, rally
Organized By: We Change Pittsburgh, Anti War Commitee of the Thomas Merton Center
Latest Activity: Jan 15, 2015

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Event Description

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism."
Martin Luther King

March and rally against police brutality and racism on the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - keep his legacy alive!

Demand an end to all forms of racist wars: from the domestic war waged against the poor and working Black and Latino communities to the imperialist wars on the poor and working people all over the world.

This is part of a national call to action - the #4MileMarch happening all over the country to bring awareness to America's epidemic of racial profiling and police brutality, and to honor all those who have been injured or died as a result of police violence.

Stand in solidarity with the struggle against racist police brutality at home and the struggle of oppressed people on all continents to liberate themselves from racist violence and injustice.

Injustice here is injustice everywhere – this global system of oppression must come to an end.

Stand up and say, not one more! #BlackLivesMatter #HonorDrKing #EndRacism2015

Bring signs, dress warm and spread the word!

Speakers shall include Pastor Shanea Leonard, Carl Redwood, Pete Shell, Vanessa German, Julia Johnson, Tayfun Gol, Joan Mukogosi, Brandi Fisher.
Socially conscious musicians shall include Miguel Sague Jr, Idasa Tariq, Blak Rapp Madusa, Phat Man Dee, Kelly E Parker, and Timbeleza.

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