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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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June 3, 2012 all day
You are invited to celebrate the one year anniversary of First Sundays Gospel Jazz Jam Session at Cabaret Hall, 7928 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15221 - June 3 at 4pm - until. Our featured artist for this event is the incomparable Mr. Dwayne Dolphin...You don't want to miss this! For more information, call Tori Walker at 412-954-4477See More
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CJ's in the Strip District Presents The Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam session w/ Jazz Surgery featuring Tony Campbell at CJ's in the Strip District

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Taste De Flavor at 2132 Forbes Avenue Kenny's V Club

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Staurday Jam Session
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As our musical icons are graduating into the higher realms we want to keep them fresh in our memories.  Please join this group where you can post any obituaries of the ancestors of our tradition for all to read and learn more about them.
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JAM SESSION at LEE TUCK LOUNGE at Lee Tuck Lounge in the Westend Area

April 9, 2011 from 4pm to 7:30pm
If you're not giggin .. come on, let's have some fun jammin...
Apr 6, 2011
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HOM 2nd Annual Prayer 4 Peace March at Westinghouse High School

April 22, 2011 from 9:30am to 12pm
2nd Annual Prayer 4 Peace March is all about Community Reconciliation in Homewood and throughout Pittsburgh. Our immediate and long term goals are “Hope Now and for the Future”. This march will be different than any other Pittsburgh has ever experienced. Our Prayer 4 Peace March will not be one of screaming out, hoopin’ or hollerin’ but an intentional community prayer in SILENCE led by the young people of Homewood on one of the most holy days on the global Christian calendar This will create a…See More
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"Hey Ms. B...this is absolutley SMASHING!!! Love it!!!"
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The African American Jazz Caucus, Inc., is dedicated to protecting, preserving and sustaining the rich cultural heritage of jazz as an indigenous musical art form. See More
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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Phyllis Hyman, George Benson
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Sunday Jazz at Cabaret
7928 Frankstown Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
About Me:
Born and raised in Pgh. I'm just a lover of soulful music. I am an accountant by trade and enjoy singing jazz, soul, and R&B--you name it--I'll sing it. I am also the Business Manager of a new venue in Pittsburgh called Cabaret where live entertainment is performed by featured artists such as Dr. Leonard Johnson, The Kevin Howard Trio, Flo Wilson, Tubby Daniels, Ronald Wingfield and more...Stay Tuned! One of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets is located in the Homewood area at 7928 Frankstown Ave., Pgh 15221. We are looking forward to becoming one of Pittsburgh's premiere venues for Jazz. For more info, call 412-537-3061 Owner: Simone Godson
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At 9:23pm on March 6, 2011, Barbara Ray said…



Thank you.. I miss you.  I'll see you soon.


Ms. B

At 10:43pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Michelle a gift
At 11:48pm on December 12, 2010, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…

Hey there suga plum sorry took so long gettin to ya been busy but look forward hearing  you soon. Do you sing?

At 2:45am on November 08, 2010, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. gave Michelle a gift
At 3:59pm on October 21, 2010, Jim Farquar said…
Hello I thank you for adding me! I hope all is well with you and Wendy. see you soon Jim
At 2:49pm on September 28, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Thanks for adding me Michelle!
At 2:00pm on September 21, 2010, Sidnei Piedade said…

Olá possivel gostaria de ser seu amigo, abraços
At 10:42pm on September 20, 2010, Andrea said…
Thank you Michelle, God bless the jazz music and muscians
At 3:26am on August 31, 2010, Larry Beatty said…
Thanks Michelle. Hopefully I can make it next time.
At 12:29pm on August 29, 2010, Larry Beatty said…
What is the address of the Cabaret with the jam sessions?



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