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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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Our monthly Jazz event took a month off for vacation and will now be at a new location.


We are grateful for the partnerships that have been created since I started this event. There is no doubt that folks support live Jazz in this area and we certainly love them for that.


Our new location takes us to Lawrenceville, another one of the city's hotspots for live music.The Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge is a wonderful place with two bars, reasonably priced great food and a friendly staff. I've had the opportunity to see some really great shows there over the past few years.


Join us once again with our core band and a host of "special guests" stopping by to jam. Our sponsors are still The New Pittsburgh Courier,, Shanachie Records and of course I will continue to do giveaways and other cool stuff.


Unfortunately we will now be charging a cover fee. ALL Meetup members and members of our group who RSVP with their guests pay $3.00 per person. You must be a registered Meetup member on the site.All others pay $4.00.

Our performance space is now expanded and we will utilize the bar in the rear of the club.


Luther , Vince and I are very excited with this new setup and want to urge all of the members of the Pittsburgh Jazz network, Meetup members and music fans to come on out to this new performance space. We belive you all will be very happy. It is going to expand some new possibilities for us all.


See you on the 16th and dont' forget to RSVP. Also if you have any questions email me or give me a call at 412-818-3789.


Take care,


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What people are saying about the Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation events....

"I had a great time meeting some jazz enthusiasts. Kevin is a wonderful host and organizer. More people should come and appreciate his efforts."
— Carmen

"Kevin, I really had a great time. You put together a "Jazz Fest" that I have only seen in NYC. Thanks, I can't wait for the next meetup."
— James

"Great music, fine venue and many friendly folks."
— Liz H

"The venue, the music and the company were all fabulous! Kevin,thank you for organizing."
— Kate


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