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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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This group is an exchange for musicians looking for work, employers looking for musicians, agencies, managers, PR announcements, etc. Let's create our own marketplace for Pittsburgh Jazz.

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Comment by Kevin Amos on December 12, 2010 at 12:56am

Hi everyone. I am currenly seeking musicians for two projects. One project is for a client of mine who is looking for a drummer. Hopefully this person is well versed in a variety of styles. If interested contact me and i will put you in contact with my client.


I am also looking for musicians who want a steady weekly gig. I am looking for a Jazz trio or quartet who is willing to work with me as I build my event. As above, if interested contact me.

Comment by Ricco J.L.Martello on October 9, 2010 at 12:11am
Hey check out the story I wrote on Roy Ayers and Tom Brown
Comment by Ed Skirtich on October 21, 2009 at 7:56pm
Hi All,

I need a keyboard/piano player for a Jazz Workshop, Inc. Concert at 3 PM- 4:30 PM on Oct. 31st at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood located on 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Please contact me ASAP.

This is a non-compensated gig.

Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
Comment by Ms. Felecia on October 21, 2009 at 3:50am

Comment by Kevin Amos on October 20, 2009 at 2:13am
Kevin Amos seeking artists who want to do revenue sharing and work in a small intimate venue. Serious inquiries only. Call 412-818-3789
Comment by Maryellen Hayden on March 15, 2009 at 3:27am
Anyone know how to reach George Benson?
Comment by The Firehouse Lounge on March 3, 2009 at 8:53pm

Comment by Gypsy Piano Blues on September 24, 2008 at 5:32am
I would love to be a part of this group-Gypsy
Comment by Debi Sciranka on September 23, 2008 at 5:00am
New Hazlett Theater Exploring Jazz Programming -- join us for networking, discussion, complementary food/drink and, of course, live jazz!


5:30pm to 8:30 pm
The monthly series is held during the last week
of every month on varying days

WHERE: New Hazlett Theater – 6 Allegheny Sq. E. – Pittsburgh, PA 15212

On the heals of the recent successful City of Asylum Jazz/Poetry Concert, the New Hazlett Theater is presenting an evening of networking and discussions on Pittsburgh’s jazz scene.

On Sunday, September 28, 2008 their FREE monthly happy hour, Last Days Café, will offer Pittsburgh’s creatives a chance to join in discussions on a new networking tool on the internet aimed at connecting jazz musicians and fans, opportunities and collaborations, and availability of music venues. The evening will round out with a live jazz performance.

Last Days Café is a casual “salon” open to everyone, where spontaneous creative conversations are accompanied by complementary appetizers and drinks. Artists, musicians, writers, dancers, poets, performers, and arts administrators are invited to stop in and talk about projects, plans, ideas, and interests. Often the key to unique opportunities is discovering who is doing what and interacting regularly with a circle of colleagues who are working creatively. The Last Days Café also provides a forum through which Pittsburgh’s creative community can become more familiar with the resources available to them as they create new work, consider forming a new organization, or think about how, when and where to show their work.

The special guest this month to help lead the discussion will be Nelson Harrison, the founder of the online Pittsburgh Jazz Network ( The site has become a fertile location for musicians to network and make connections with other musicians and fans.

Harrison has been a player in the Pittsburgh jazz scene since the late 50’s, when he began doing gigs at the renowned jazz club, Crawford Grill No. 2 in the Hill District. Since then, this multi-tasking composer, arranger and soloist has played with Kenny Clarke, Billy Eckstine and Earl “Fatha” Hines, Jay McShann, Slide Hampton, and with the Count Basie Orchestra (1978-81). He has recorded with Walt Harper, Nathan Davis and Count Basie, and was co-leader of jazz groups featuring singer Andy Bey and drummer Joe Harris. He is currently active in Pittsburgh with Gary Racan and the Studio-E Band, The Blues Orphans, Roger Humphries Big Band, Bill Dell and Wee Jams, and his own jazz bands The World According to Bop, Jazz ‘N Jive, Dr. Jazz and the Salty Dawgs, Blue to the Bone, and Nelson Harrison and Associates.

The New Hazlett Theater is a performing arts venue located on Pittsburgh’s Northside.
As a charitable 501c nonprofit, the organization supports and nurtures the creative performing arts, and serves as a community resource for arts access and arts education.
Comment by derrick schippers on September 8, 2008 at 5:29pm
Hi everyone, I will be in Chicago with my band next year from July untill September. Are there any agents or friends who can hook us up with some gigs during our stay in the US ?

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