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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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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Salsamba, Eric Susoeff, Eric Defade, Maureen Budway, Max Leake
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Don't know of too many but I am a big fan of the Backstage Bar and Cabaret Theater.
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At 8:11pm on June 1, 2009, Felicia said…
Hi, I am the Program Assistant of the Jazz Workshop, Inc. I would like to know if you can do a performance for our program. I can give you all the details. please contact me here or at
At 1:13am 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 6:48pm on November 29, 2008, Reid Hoyson said…
Hi Kenia,
Wanted to contact you and introduce myself. I am Reid Hoyson, a drummer in Pgh for a long time. I really enjoy your music and wanted you to be aware of my group The Soiree Band with Trudy Holler. Recently recorded a CD at Audible Images with Jay Dudt. Christina Cataldo, a young singer from NY is the vocalist on the CD. Chec it out when you can, and I hope to meet you in person soon.
Reid Hoyson
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At 2:41pm on July 23, 2008, Max Leake said…
I hope all went well last night. Sorry I missed things. BTW, saw your write-up in JazzIs and the local paper. Congratulations!

At 7:59pm on July 22, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hey there, Kenia,
I hope to get out to hear your beautiful voice soon.
I play your new CD a lot....I just love it!
At 6:14pm on June 2, 2008, Diva JC said…
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