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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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Trying to remember 80's Fusion Band

There was a local Pittsburgh band that played Jazz fusion at least through the late 80's to early 90's. I used to see them at this bar in S…

Started by Jim Spahr

6 Mar 2, 2010
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Wow! Four MCG Jazz CDs for only $25! A Valentine's Day Special!

MCG Jazz & OfferMint -- The perfect Valentine's Day Partners! Four CDs for you, your Valentine or anyone else! Energize the w…

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Fundraising for Music Education through the Afro American Music Institute

Our group has started an Internet fund raising campaign to benefit the Afro-American Music Institute. We will donate $10 and ask each of yo…

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Need HELP from our Pittsburgh Brothers and Sisters--where to gig?

Hello Pittsburgh ladies and gents in Jazz!!We are looking to book and perform in a small (100 to 150 capacity) venue in your fair city!  We…

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Is it still about the JAZZ

I have a question… The question may hurt if you answer it honestly and with out the bull. It may be a strange question but none the less it…

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Book: Follow Your Heart By Joe Evans

My 93 year old cousin, Joe Evans was a jazz musician who played with the likes of Billie Holliday, the Andy Kirk Band, Louis Armstrong, Joh…

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Get Well Wishes Pgh jazzers

Here's a page to let people know of Pgh. Jazzers who may be in the hospital or ailing. Please send your prayers, good thoughts, good wishe…

Started by Devorah Segall

19 Dec 29, 2009
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Musicians connected to Oliver High School

Pittsburgh has been fertile ground for producing jazz (and other) music greats. I am looking for a list of jazz musicians who have a connec…

Started by Paulette Gulakowski

1 Dec 23, 2009
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Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

Need a last minuet gift idea? Give the gift of music this year. Buy 5 gift certificates for guitar, bass or jazz improvisition lessons get…

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Legenday Pittsburgh Musician Kenny Fisher Passes

On Friday evening I was informed from Amir Rahied that Kenny Fisher was in ICU and not doing good. On Sunday evening I received a phone cal…

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2 Nov 3, 2009
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