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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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The Olga Watkins Band this Saturday

Event Details

The Olga Watkins Band this Saturday

Time: September 12, 2009 at 9pm to September 13, 2009 at 12am
Location: 1902 Tavern, Market Square, Pgh, PA 15222 NO COVER
Event Type: live, original, music
Organized By: Olga Watkins
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2009

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Event Description

Hello Friends!
The band has been working very hard on the new CD entitled "Long Time Coming" (that's for damn sure)
and it is almost ready for release.
Please go to the band website to hear the new samples of Take Five and the new Olga Watkins Band original "Why"

This Saturday, September 12, 2009 join the band at the 1902 Tavern in Market Square from 9pm to midnight
(or at some point in between)
If you haven't heard the new material live this will be a great time to do just that. There is NO COVER at the 1902
and your presence this Saturday would go a long way towards helping us preserve this monthly show.
If you watch the local news at all or work downtown, you know that market square is a bit of a mess at the moment. Park on the street in PPG place and walk across PPG plaza to the 1902 Tavern. It's safe. I promise. And you WON'T be disappointed. You could also take this opportunity to take one of the new Pedi-cabs (bicycle taxis) from the Cultural District right into Market Square.
We need your support this weekend!

Also, if you can take another minute out of your very busy schedules, please take the City Paper readers poll here lets blow the competition out of the water and vote the Olga Watkins Band the "Best Blues Band in Pittsburgh"
Even if you haven't heard us live yet, trust us on's true!!!!

More to come from the Olga Watkins Band. Our CD pre-sale for our preferred fans is coming soon!

Have a great week!

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