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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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Tony Smith, Fyah Wyah, Larry Luther, Mike Speranzo, Liz Berlin -of rusted rootand the crew @ Mr. Small Recording Studios, Theatre & Funhouse...Doug Lane, Matt Vucic to name a few....
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♫♫ "Chasing the Creativity,not the Competition..Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit"

Heights of love & respect goes to ALL!! Blessings surrounds - Benjy Myaz

Bassist Extraordinaire:
Jimmy Cliff , TooTs & the Maytals Sound of Blackness
Singer, Recording & Performing Artiste , Songwriter Musician, Producer :Sizzla, Capleton, Third World to name a few plus three self produced vocal albums one instrumental ; the most recently released "You"ve Got Me" a Jazz-fusion compilation.
Lecturer:Two year lecturing tenture
Humanitarian :Operation Goodways
Talent, Creativity & Activity:
Benjy commands of at least seven instruments
received scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
First Break: Arranged and Produced a remake of Brooke Benton's classic “So Many Ways”, performed by Dennis Malcolm, which went to the number one position in Jamaica, England and New York.
Touring as a Bassist & Musical Director:After relocating to Kingston, Jamaica, Benjy became a member of the Rhythm Kings Band, touring with several artistes including Jimmy Cliff, Culture, Toots and the Maytals, Shinehead and J.C. Lodge. His other credits include appearing as a bassist for the chorale, Sounds of Blackness and also, singing, writing and arranging music. The nineties afforded him the opportunity to produce several projects with ace producer, Bobby Digital, including tracks on Sizzla’s album, The Real Thing and Capleton’s Reign of Fire among others, write, arrange and collaborate with top Reggae/Pop/Gospel/Folk/Urban recording artists such as Third World, and Jazz Pianist Onajae Allan Gumbs.
As a solo act, he performed alongside international artists Gladys Knight, Angie Stone, Kevon Edmonds, and shared his artistic talents as his contribution to Jamaican World Food Day.
Benjy is one of Jamica’s premier and most requested act performing at events such as the Prime Minister's Y2K Ball, it had been receiving massive airplay and has become a classic in the annals of reggae music.
Internationally, Benjy tours USA, Japan The Caribbean, and has been a features performer at Midem the premier international music conference in Cannes France; and appeared as bassist and musical director at Anguilla's annual Moonsplash, benjy also received a Nomination Medal & Certificate from the Grammy Committee for being a part of Toots and the Maytals Grammy-nominated album.
To date, Benjy has released three albums. His 1997 Debut Album "Intimate Relationship" & "Time Together" (VP Records-2000 & 24/7 Recored -Japan-1998 ) and " Long Story Short"- 2005 and the recent release is a self-produced instrumental album entitled "You’ve Got Me" -2009 featuring his Bass guitar as the lead instrument.
Benjy has teamed up with his US Los Angeles based management company Monarchy to address social issues under the operation GoodWays banner. This project includes raising awareness of autism and raising the consciousness for Caribbean Diaspora unity.
Partnerships are being forged with communities across the world with an initial penetration in the Caribbean and African communities.

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Posted on August 12, 2009 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

August 11, 2009


Benjy Myaz has, consistently, been on the charts of TheBeat.FM ( Internet Radio for the past year. He now occupies numbers one through five on their “Top 20 Singles Chart”; and is holding down the number three spot on the “Top 10 Artists” list. Based in San Diego, California, USA, TheBeat.FM boasts a listenership of approximately seven million persons, worldwide.

Occupying the number 1 spot is the ever-green… Continue


Posted on August 12, 2009 at 10:09pm 0 Comments


Basil Walters Friday, June 19, 2009 For singer, musician, producer Benjy Myaz, it has all come full circle, and that is the revival of jam-sessions where musicians perform in small, informal spaces. It was in this setting, he along with friends, gave a celebratory performance at Christopher's Jazz Cafe located inside the Quad in New Kingston, last Thursday. Myaz. a picture of… Continue


Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

By Basil Walters Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 20, 2009

With an increasing number of local entertainers becoming more caring and reaching out to the less fortunate among their fellowmen, recording artiste, vocalist/musician and producer Benjy Myaz once more strikes the right chord.

Myaz.... it's within my mission statement to help autistic kids in Jamaica, those talented ones

Joining the growing list of Jamaican artistes who are a part of the trend of going beyond… Continue

"You've Got Me" The New Jazz/Reggae/R&B -Fused Bass instrumental album/Cd

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

"You've Got Me"

Over the years, musical geniuses such as Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, John Pattatucci to name a few have advanced the technique of utilizing the bass, not only as a root instrument, but also to hold together the melody of a song. With this influence, I was challenged to do so within the genre of my own musical accomplishments. Fundamentally, the bass was always the instrument that held together the root… Continue

Benjy Myaz and friends - polished, soothing, inspiring

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

It certainly was not a night of "long story short", as Benjy Myaz called his last album released three years ago. On the contrary, with the help of friends singers A'Lisa, Charmaine Limonius and the Guyanese born saxophonist Courtney Fadlin, Myaz, the artiste, on Friday, gave the full length at the Red Bones Blues Café.

A singer, bass player and producer, Benjy delivered a most electic set covering a wide… Continue

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At 3:24am on March 20, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend...Please tune in to my talk radio show that airs each Mon-Thurs 7-9pm EST....Friday 6-8pm EST @ ...I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show!!!...Interested???...If so,please call me @ 757 538 3540 or call in to the show @ 646 929 0434...also simply go to view my schedule....don't meet me there...Beat me there!!!...JB

I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show...The radio show is geared towards helping business owners,entrepreneurs,unsigned talent,and anyone else get added exposure to their business...INTERESTED????...if so, first go to BLACKSTARTUPBIZ.COM...sign up...become a member...Click 2 BE A GUEST..then call me @ the offc...757 538 3540 so I can then set you up a date and time to be a featured guest....also if I am not your friend please add me as your friend...thanx...Please join my network would love to have "you" there!!!...also while there check out my interviews with Erotic Author Zane...Twista...his new single "Wetter"...and my interview with Barry Gordy's new artist Leigh Jones and her wonderful music as well!!!!.....JB
At 2:00am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 7:52pm on October 10, 2008, Dr. E said…
Wha hapm bredda. Bizzy but not complaining. I hope to come to JA in January. If so, I will definitely try to link up with you. One love and much respec.
At 1:49pm on August 13, 2008, Dr. E said…
I have one of your old records. I am of Jamaican parentage and not too long returned from JA. You sound great.
Continued Blessings,
Elaine aka Dr. E
At 3:01am on July 18, 2008, L'Tanya Williams said…
It's nice to meet you my new friend! I hope all is well and blessed with you...

Best Wishes,

At 4:05am on July 17, 2008, Marly Ikeda said…
Thanks for your friendship, nice to meet you!
Much love and success!
At 5:11pm on July 7, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Benjy,

Thank you for joining and sharing your gifts with us on the PJN. I'm sure the crew at Mr. Smalls will remember you and be glad to be able to reach you through this network.



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