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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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Taste of Dahntahn open Session...every Sunday 6-9 at Taste of Dahntahn

January 8, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm
We are now in month 4 of our open session at the Taste of Dahntahn. All are welome, bring your horn, voice or just come to listen every Sunday 6-9pm at the Taste of Dahntahn on Liberty Ave. We have a fantastic trio backing you Jeff Grubbs bass, Daniel May piano, Tom Wendt drums-hosted by Tania Grubbs. Bring some tunes to shed and share! Would love to see you.See More
Jan 8, 2012
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Jazz at Andys for Jan 2012 Fairmont Pittsburgh at Fairmont Pittsburgh 510 Market St

January 3, 2012 at 7:30pm to January 31, 2012 at 7:30pm
Jazz at Andys January 2011 line up;Tue Jan 3-Mark Stickland solo guitarWed Jan 4-Ken Karsh & Rick Struzzi guitar duoThur Jan 5-Bruce Brown vocalistFri Jan 6-Tania GrubbsSat Jan 7-Maureen Budway Tue Jan 10-Eric Suseoff solo guitarWed Jan 11-Mike Murray & Tony DePaoli- piano, bass duoThur Jan 12-Joe NegriFri Jan 13-Tania GrubbsSat Jan 14-Dane Vannatter Tue Jan 17-John Marcinizyn solo guitarWed Jan 18-Zero Ted Present; David Budway CD Release Party *8-11pmThur Jan 19-Dane VannatterFri Jan…See More
Jan 6, 2012
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Bar NIne/Nine on Nine- Duo Vocalist Guitar Series at Bar Nine

January 3, 2012 at 9pm to January 28, 2012 at 9pm
Greetings we are now in month two of a new and exciting duo series at the quaint little bar..attached to Nine on Nine called Bar Nine. Every Saturday night from 9-12 midnight why not step out he hear combos of some of Pittsburgh's fine vocalists & guitarists! This months line up...Sat Jan 7-Bruce Brown & Ken KarshSat Jan 14-Tania Grubbs & Mark StricklandSat Jan 21-Tania Grubbs & Colter HarperSat Jan 28-Lilly Abreu & Eric SusoeffRemember 9-12 midnight! See you there.See More
Jan 6, 2012
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Jazz at Andys Dec Line Up! at Fairmont Pittsburgh

December 1, 2011 at 7:30pm to December 31, 2011 at 12am
December12/1-Joe Negri12/2-Tania Grubbs12/3-Donna Bailey12/6-Mark Strickland12/7-Tania Grubbs & Daniel May Holiday Concert12/8-Lilly Abreu12/9-Maureen Budway12/10-Spanky Wilson12/13-Jim Farquar solo guitar12/14-Vladimir & Annie Mollov Duo12/15-Maureen Budway12/16-Dane Vannatter12/17-Clare Ascani12/21-Zero Ted Presents-Cudidao, Tango 12/22-Joe Negri12/23-Tania Grubbs12/24-Clare Ascani12/28-Daniel May & Max Leake Piano Duo12/29-Joe Negri12/30-Spanky Wilson12/31-New Years Ever Jazz at…See More
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Jazz at Andys Nov Line Up! at Fairmont Pittsburgh

November 15, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 30, 2011 at 10:30pm
Tue-Thurs 7:30-10:30EXCEPT Zero Ted WED 11/16 and 12/21-8:00-10:00pmFri -Sat 8:00-12:00November11/15-Colter Harper solo guitar11/16-Zero Ted Presents-Well Strung, Original Bluegrass11/17-Clare Ascani11/18-Tania Grubbs11/19-Spanky Wilson11/22-John Marcinizyn solo guitar11/23-Daniel May & Jeff Lashway-Piano Duo11/24-Thanksgiving Fairmont Trio in Habitat11/25-Maureen Budway11/26-Tania Grubbs11/29-Andy Bianco solo guitar11/30-Ortho Roberts Duo See More
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At 12:11am on January 25, 2011, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. said…
Hi   Tanya hope your having a great new year (Peace)
At 3:14am on October 27, 2010, Anne Annie Friedland said…
Hi Tanya I asked you about singing at Andy's and never got a response. I know I am not technically a 'Diva" because I play, but I would think after all this time that coould be overlooked. I am glad you are doing so well....keep it up!!!!
At 12:23am on October 5, 2010, tim max said…
hello !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 9:20pm on October 23, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Tania ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany.
At 9:59pm on September 14, 2009, Vince Taglieri said…
You sounded GREAT at the Divas event on Sunday!!! Can't wait to hear you again,
Vince Taglieri

P.S. Stop out at Ron Wilson's again sometime soon
At 11:01am on July 26, 2008, Linda Jones said…
Hi Tania, nice to see you here! :)
At 4:25am on July 26, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Tanya,

Great to have y9u back in Pittsburgh and to see you out last night. You kept your promise. See how easy it was?



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