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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 month is exactly two years ago that I met Gary "Brotherman" Branchaud. Not only one of the most talented bass players on the planet but also one of the coolest cats on earth! I have had the honor and the blessing of doing many many shows with Gary and more importantly, we have had some wonderful times together as friends. One of the best and many gifts that The Lord so graciously bestowed upon me when I moved to Nashville is the "Gift of Friendship." I have… Continue


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Hope to see everyone Sat. Night!

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At 9:46am on October 1, 2015, stella kwale said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( ) for the full details.

Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Stella.

At 5:03pm on March 7, 2011, Doug Jackson said…

Thank you,Mandy.

I see you have kept the Class in Country,well done.


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At 6:45am on October 20, 2010, Adolfo Mayo said…
Wowww Mandy,
I am so pleasantly surprized that you are finally getting the divorce. Ut oh.... There's some news that is going to spread like wild fire all over Nashville! LOL!! Think you better bulk up on security until there's a Mr. Mandy in the picture. Hey, If you don't have anyone in mind!! LOL!! I'm just saying!! Anyway, now that your kidney stone is gone, you should start feeling a lot better physcally too. Wow girl! You are on the road to happiness and great health all at one time.
Love you Princess,
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At 5:31am on October 20, 2010, Allan Hatcher said…
Mandy, We haven't known eachother very long but, I think for anyone to get rid of a 6 mm kidney stone and a not so nice husband all in one week, is probably a reliefe in many ways! LOL!! I am so happy for you and your family. I think life is going to be a whole lot nicer for you now my friend. Congradulations on both c...hanges!
At 4:57am on October 20, 2010, Doc Martin said…
I am so proud of you. Through prayer and strength of God, you have moved forward in ridding your family of that terrible marraige. God has now set you free! No more prison of hell for you. You deserve the best and every happiness and I will do my best to make that happen.
Love you,
At 4:45am on October 20, 2010, Brotherman said…
Congrats on your divorce! I am so happy for you and your family. I know you have waited patiently for this for many years. You have the patients of a Saint girl.
I love ya baby!
At 11:01pm on October 6, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Hi Mandy,

I dig your music. Excellent writing and delivery. Great musicianship. AND you have your own sound. Very special. Thanks for sharing.
At 8:40pm on September 26, 2010, Allan Hatcher said…
I am so sorry that I did not get to see your performance at the Preston Sat. night. From what the guys say, it was fantastic as always! Love your new pics. I will see you at 82 this Sat.



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