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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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Host and Producer of "Jazzism (a katzpheno mix)" a 60 minute Jazz music podcast available via iTunes or on the Podomatic network...and of course here on Pittsburgh Jazz. I fell in love with Jazz music in High School and have been involved in radio since my college days. I grew up on the other side of PA in the capital city and since day one was a fan of the Black and Gold ( with a little love left over for the Eagles, too.) Come check out my programming a new show posts every week...load up your ipod and groove the Jazz way!
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Posted on June 26, 2010 at 5:19pm 0 Comments

I am an unabashed, unashamed young lover of the music we so lovingly call Jazz. I have had a love affair with jazz most of my adult life. Jazz, as we call it is an improvisational musical art form. An art form that challenges the most talented, creative artisans of the craft to create a masterpiece on the spot, in front of a well informed, sophisticated and educated…


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At 4:10am on April 8, 2010, TDanyel said…
Cool Brian, Welcome back Home, so to speak! Glad you joined the Network!
Enjoying your shows!

At 4:06am on April 8, 2010, Lisa L said…
Checking out Jazzism. Thanks!
At 2:37am on April 8, 2010, Marva Josie said…
Hi Charles -
Welcome to our 'Pittsburgh Jazz Network'. We find it to be an excellent way to grow within the Jazz community - not only in Pittsburgh but around our world. Enjoy!!! Add me as a friend. Marva
At 1:28am on April 8, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Charles,

We are very pleased you have joined us and happy to learn of the work you are doing for jazz. I have featured your profile. Please add me as a friend.
At 3:49pm on April 7, 2010, Brian Phoenix said…

What I am about... On a mission to rescue jazz radio from the blahs! Pushing this jazz culture without the information laden, intellectual historical and biographical jazz radio gab...just great music, expertly blended and most definetly intended to give listeners more of what they're jazzin' for! Look for a new show each friday...we gonna keep Jazzism rocking...til the cops come knocking! peace and love, Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix



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