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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 Grammy Awards and Jazz

Should jazz be a permanent category represented in the annual Grammy Award Show?

Started by Kennard Roosevelt Williams

2 Feb 10, 2009
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When Dissertation Troubles Surrounded Me: This is an appreciative letter to thank the people who provided pin-point and professional disse…

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0 Jan 27, 2009

Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

I would be glad to serve on the committee for further discussion and planning of the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival and to help however I can. B…

Started by Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D.

2 Jan 27, 2009
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Favid "Fathead" Newman Passes

David ''Fathead'' Newman, a jazz musician who played with the Ray Charles Band and won fame as a tenor sax soloist, has died at age 75. Ne…

Started by Kevin Amos

0 Jan 22, 2009

Looking for Pittsburgh Jazz Club for High School Jazz Band to come to April 23 or 24, 2009

I am a travel "agent" looking for a Pittsburgh area Jazz Club that I can bring a Buffalo, NY area high school Jazz Band to come and experie…

Started by Kristen Mayer

3 Jan 2, 2009
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Will part of a 12 million suplus benefit the music scene?

It was announced that there is a 12 million dollar surplus from the drink tax. The County executive dosen't want to give any to Pat Transit…

Started by Kevin Amos

0 Dec 31, 2008

Freddie Hubbard passes

Jazz great Freddie Hubbard dead at 70 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation…

Started by Kevin Amos

2 Dec 31, 2008
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Merry Christmas To All

Hello to Everyone On The Pittsburgh Jazz Network! Merry Christmas! Thank You For Your Gifts For Accepting Me As A Sideman, Band Leader, A…

Started by Ed Skirtich

0 Dec 24, 2008

MCG Jazz Photo Contest on Flickr

Can you take a picture of jazz? What does jazz look like to you? Submit your photo and a 25 (give or take) word description of why this ph…

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0 Dec 16, 2008

Pittsburgh-Paris Connection

Hi Pittsburgh Family, Since visiting Pittsburgh in June and July 2008, jazz-poeming at the Shadow Lounge,Galifty's, the Dennis Cafe,with th…

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3 Nov 23, 2008
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