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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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Yinzide Out hosts Sat. Night Showcase @ Hilltoppers Pub, Troy Hill PA

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Yinzide Out hosts Sat. Night Showcase @ Hilltoppers Pub, Troy Hill PA

Time: November 7, 2009 at 9pm to November 8, 2009 at 1am
Location: Hilltoppers Pub
Street: 1700 Lowrie Street
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA. 15212
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-322-3676
Event Type: saturday, night, showcase, open, stage
Organized By: Dave Yoho
Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2009

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Catch the Hilltoppers Pub Saturday Night Showcases (twice a month, or so) hosted by Yinzide Out.

Climb Troy Hill, get closer to the stars!

no cover

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Comment by Dave Yoho on October 27, 2009 at 9:10pm
STEVE ACKER A Man and His Guitar Now Available For SOLO and DUO Performances (
with former Joe Walsh Bassman Bill Lohr) From Cleveland to Pittsburgh and All Points in Between
Songwriter - Singer - Producer - Bluesman Deluxe
From the 1950s through the late 1970s few areas of the country boasted a more dynamic or more exciting popular music scene than Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania.
The entire steel belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh teemed with brilliant talent, great bands, and hundreds of clubs and concert venues for music fans of all ages. Many of the rock era’s most celebrated musicians spent their formative years in this area. One of most popular area bands throughout the 70s was Youngstown, Ohio’s
LAW, featuring 21 year old Steve Acker on guitar and vocals. Acker was the band’s principal songwriter and on the strength of his songs—and the band’s amazing live show—LAW was discovered and signed to MCA Records by Roger Daltrey of The Who. LAW toured throughout the 70s with the biggest acts of the era: The Who, Bob Seger, Boston, Earth Wind & Fire, Genesis, Bad Company, and many others. Three albums later the band disbanded in 1978. Steve moved to Mississippi to re-join his family, who had moved there in 1972, and went on to a successful
career in advertising for a quarter century as a copywriter and broadcast producer. He produced numerous jingles during this period and continued writing songs. On June 29, Steve moved back to his home in Youngstown, Ohio...after a 32 year absence. Currently he is in rehearsals with two new bands including some the best players in the Valley. We hope to be performing across the Valley with both bands by years' end. Steve has performed live only rarely in the last 30 years. Most of his music has been made in his own home studio or in various recording studios in Nashville, New York, and Jackson. But he still has the edge and the chops that made him a legend in Northeast Ohio in the 70s. He's still rockin' and he's ready to rock audiences in his hometown area again, both as a member of the band and as a solo acoustic performer. In addition, Steve now writes and produces music for recording artists, jingles, and theme songs for The Studios @ SST New York City. With a catalog of more than 250 songs--both
originals and classic favorites in all genres, Steve could play a three night stand and never play one song twice. But some of them are worth repeating, and you can hear those songs, intimately performed by a man and his guitar, now. A magnetic and moving performer, Steve entertains; he connects. Steve writes and performs all pop songs of all kinds, but he is still a bluesman at heart, and man can that white boy sing the blues! His sets are liberally sprinkled with down home, gritty, blues favorites, as well as his own touching originals. To book i>b>Steve Acker-A Man and His Guitar for clubs, concerts, weddings and special events, call 601-667-7627 or email him at

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