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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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One To One w/ Kevin Amos on WRCT-FM

Event Details

One To One w/ Kevin Amos on WRCT-FM

Time: March 15, 2009 from 6am to 12pm
Location: 88.3 FM or
Street: Forbes Avenue / Ubiversity Center
City/Town: Pittsburgh and the world
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-621-9728
Event Type: weekly, radio, program
Organized By: Kevin Amos
Latest Activity: Mar 9, 2009

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Event Description

“One to One” is a Sunday morning tradition for Pittsburgh radio listeners.

The program is aired on the Internet at to a worldwide audience Sundays from 6AM-Noon EST. Locally the program airs on frequency 88.3 FM on WRCT, the student-run station at Carnegie-Mellon University. The program has run weekly for the past 10 years. Kevin Amos has been a community volunteer at the station since 1982.

The program focuses on music of the African Diaspora with empathis on Black American Standard music. Thomas Dorsey, Deford Bailey, Abbey Lincoln, Aretha Franklin, Living Colour, The Dells, Robert Cray, Louis Jordan, Miles Davis and Arrested Development are a few of the artists featured on the program. It is a journey of great Black music from the ancient to the future.

Mr. Amos features interviews with many artists such as Edwin Starr (his last recorded interview), Arlene Smith of the Chantels, Michael Franti, the late Bobby Short, Fontella Bass, Brian Auger, Average White Band, and Dr. Thomas Mapfumo of Zimbabwe. Kevin also interviews local artists and national celebrities such as Dr. Nelson Harrison (inventor of the trombetto), Terry Stewart CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Felicia Collins from the Late Show with David Letterman, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Porky Chedwick.


“Kevin is a wealth of information on Black Music. He has a unique spin on presenting the music” – Chuck, a listener

“Kevin Amos makes my week a little less crazy, I can wait for Sunday each week” – Helen, a listener

“I’ve been listening to Kevin on the air for years, I’m glad he’s there for me” – Joe, a longtime listener for nearly 30 years

KDKA host Chris Moore to listener on his talk show…. “Are you going to listen to Kevin in the morning?” “He does a great show!”

“ I want to hear his program so bad I’m almost late for church on Sundays” - Anonymous listener

“Kevin has educated me about things I never knew about and the music is fantastic” – Yolanda, a listener

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Comment by Kevin Amos on March 9, 2009 at 1:26pm
Tune in this week as we give away copies of the new Norman Connors CD "Star Power".

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