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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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Comment by Living Legends JaZzabrations on March 30, 2009 at 3:10pm
Thanks for understanding my idea. I believe if the general public is educated in a new way of thinking about jazz, then we can bring Traditional Jazz back to the forefront to show everyone its roots and how all other jazz is just an offspring or bi-product from the GrandDaddy. We must get to this point now & not wait any longer, we're losing all the greats who can tell the story 1st person. This is my passion & I welcome anyone that want to take this journey with me. No more shyness this is a must.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 30, 2009 at 2:32am

Your comment is on point and perhaps more and more will pick up on it. IMO it is usually the journalists and marketeers who come up with the labels that divide us and we needn't acknowledge or react to such labeling. All it does is divide and conquer. Smooth jazz is over 100 years old. It's just the style that musicians used to play for dancers where the current dance beat sets the rhythm. you can play any tune with dozens of rhythmic varieties. The public needs to understand that we are all the same people as artists who play these various styles. The Funk Brothers of Motown fame were all jazz musicians as were all of Ray Charles' musicians. We are in no way limited by these labels as artists but when we are in the marketplace as live entertainers, our job is to play for the people. I wear over a dozen music hats quite comfortably as do many of my peers. As a label SmoothAhead may attract the attention of many who know they like smooth jazz but are not sure of any other style. We will help you promote your campaign wagon so don't be shy. You are on to something important.
Comment by Living Legends JaZzabrations on March 28, 2009 at 7:45pm
Good morning, afternoon or evening, whatever time you read my comment, it's always good to read positive vibrations about this great music form called JAZZ, let's give it props. I've joined forces with a friend of mine in Los Angeles to provide a consistent venue for Jazz musicians to come and chill and play on Sunday afternoons, after the church, children & couple thang,,,, I plan on bringing these types of spots to multiple locations across this great nation. After working with festivals for many years, I've come to appreciate intimate setting to listen to some great SmoothAhead Jazz. Yess I said SmoothAhead! Jazz has evolved to the point whereby Smooth or Contemporary & Straight-Ahead or Traditional, need to understand that in order for this great Art form to survive and be energized, it's going to take a new way of thinking. SmoothAhead is this new way of thinking. I won't take it deep here, but if you have any positive vibrations about this vibe then hit me and let me know. Haters refrain, not needed. Thanks
Comment by Benjy Myaz on March 19, 2009 at 9:58pm
Thanks for the invite.... Good to b a part of Greatness..

Comment by Didier EUZET Composer on March 6, 2009 at 6:56am
Thanks very much for invite and friendship... I like this opportunity to share our music worlds accross this group...
The Life of a man is made up of a series of dreams which write our history, as well as our children, who then start to write their own. I decided to continue writing mine as soon as I began to dream in early childhood. One doesn't need to stop the journey along the way.
It is necessary to believe that the stars which light our way will never go out, and to continue to follow our dreams which inspire us in the most beautiful moments of our lives. If not, why is my star helping me to write so many fine melodies? I composed a suite for my dream,
called " Melody for an Oscar", and I am convinced that one day someone will help me to reach for that Oscar in Hollywood, which I have always imagined in my dreams. WE CAN DO IT!. No matter what, my dreams have enhanced my musical creativity, and for that I am thankful.
Warmest regards,

Didier EUZET

Comment by Karoly Domonyi on March 1, 2009 at 4:58am
Hi, just wanted to thank you for adding me as a friend at group.
Hope to gain and share some knowledge about marketing online!
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Comment by Valerio Gianferro on February 24, 2009 at 1:09pm
Oh good! Can play also italian groups?
Comment by Max Leake on February 23, 2009 at 2:56pm
Good show! Any help I can provide is yours.
Comment by Maryellen Hayden on February 23, 2009 at 5:17am
The 1st Annual Jazz Festival of Pittsburgh
Dedicated to Dr. Derrick Finch

Will be held at various locations on September 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2009.

If your venue would like to be a Festival Host, please email and ask for a Festival Hosting Packet.

We Call for Artists starting today. Please send your demo and prootional materials to Maryellen Hayden, Allegheny County ACORN, 5907 Penn Avenue, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

A Call for Volunteers: Please Email if you would like to volunteer.

We need volunteers to serve on the advisory committee, for web design, promotions, fundraising, and event activities.
Comment by Debi Arnett on January 16, 2009 at 3:04pm
I never even knew the Thunderbird cafe had Jazz. Maybe all the places should stare their own little advertisment section here where people who are looking for somewhere to go could pull up the site and see whats happening in town daily. Someone from that venue would have to update it. The Jazz section in the city paper doesnt really do it justice.

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