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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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Rare Vinyl with DJ Stephan at Kelly's

Event Details

Rare Vinyl with DJ Stephan at Kelly's

Time: February 2, 2010 at 9pm to February 3, 2010 at 1am
Location: Kelly's Bar & Lounge
Street: 6012 Penn Circle South
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Event Type: soul, night
Organized By: Stephan Broadus
Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2010

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Event Description

Friends, I'll be back on the "wheels" Feb. 2 at Kelly's, 6012, Penn Circle South in East Liberty from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nothing but funk, soul & jazz pre-1978.

At Kelly's Bar and Lounge in East Liberty, art deco and 1950s chic combine to form a modern, hip feel. Mixed with a soundtrack so diverse that clients are just as likely to hear Parliament Funkadelic as they are Fear Factory, Kelly's has developed a reputation as one of the city's unexpected gems.

As a group walks in ready for DJ Stephan's old school '70s mix of funk, R&B, and jazz, fans yell requests at him. "Hey, don't yell at the DJ", he responds with a laugh.

The difference with Kelly's is that it not only attracts its neighbors in East Liberty, Friendship, and Shadyside, but people from Homewood, the North Side, and just about every other Pittsburgh neighborhood, as well.
In the words of Fitzgerald, Kelly's is a "real lounge." It's comfortable, not too cute or pretentious--just straight up, and all are welcome. Saddle up to the bar or find a booth, and be ready with your order. Like most places, a constant flow of folks keeps it interesting.Hope to see you there.
--Terenah Mosley for Whirl Magazine

P.S. You never know who might be in the house!

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