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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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Roger Humphries

Posted on June 20, 2009 at 6:16am 0 Comments

Artie and I went out to the new club, Melange, on 6th street downtown to listen to some music. We found out about the gig from Roger Humphries' website. Put your gigs on every website you can, you never know when I am coming out!

I am gonna tell you all drummer plays like Roger. He's the only one I know that can give you goosebumps listening to a drum solo!

It's amazing, and the rest of the band was great, too! We had a good time, and the music lifted my spirit… Continue

Did You Hear What Michelle Obama Said?

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 2:01pm 1 Comment

Michelle Obama shared her love of jazz- she said Jazz was Democracy in Action. Each musician has freedom, but with responsibility to the group... check out msnbc for the little video I don't know how to post it.

Obama Inauguration Luncheon

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 12:43am 0 Comments

ACORN is holding an Obama Inauguration Luncheon on the 20th of January, starting at 10 AM. We will have a big screen to view the festivities together, and will honor Ms. Lillian Allen, 100 years old, who doorknocked her street before going to vote, to make sure that all her neighbors made it to the polls!
Luncheon colors, Black and Red
Cost- either a $10.00 contribution, or a covered dish.
RSVP 412 441-5441

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At 9:08pm on October 25, 2012, Dane Vannatter said…

HI Maryellen,

I'm singing at Mansion on Fifth on Nov 13 and I'll be at Jazz at Andy's in the Fairmont Hotel on Nov 30 and again on Dec 20

my email is

HOpe to meet you soon!


At 6:02pm on September 15, 2012, Adam Johnston & James Street said…


Finnaly at last we are connected on here!!  i just wanted to give you a shout and say thank you for all your support at the LeRoy Wofford benefit that we held here at the club!!  Your passion for Pittsburgh jazz is truley an inspiration!!!

Thank you,

Adam Johnston

At 3:07pm on July 14, 2009, MICHAEL MOORE said…
At 7:13pm on March 31, 2009, The Tuesday Night Big Band said…
Hi Maryellen! I sent a promotional package to you and was wondering if you had recieved it? I'd like to be invlved in the festival. Please e-mail me at Thanks! Deb Weible
At 7:38pm on March 9, 2009, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Maryellen, It was a pleasure to meet you Friday at Little E's. Thanks for attending the performance. Dave
At 1:27am on March 9, 2009, Michael Sciomacco said…
So you work for ACORN ? Why ?
At 12:58am 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 9:00pm on August 11, 2008, Derrick Finch said…
How are you? Please check it out. I wrote, arranged, performed and produced my first project. It has been a while since we've spoken. I put together a new project. Check out the links when you get a chance.

Lets talk.
Derrick Finch
At 5:24pm on June 5, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Every picture has a complete caption but you won't see it on the slide show version. You have to click on the picture itself and it will enlarge and then you will see the caption.
At 5:14am on June 5, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Maryellen, The Blues Orphans show schedule for the rest of 2008 was recently posted on the Blues Orphans profile. Check it out and I hope to see you out at one of our performances. thanks, Dave



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