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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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The Blue-Hots at Elk's Lodge at Elk's Lodge

December 18, 2021 from 7pm to 10pm
Come hear the Blue-Hots jazz/world band cover some obscure tunes (i.e. "The Odd Couple") and present their own originals. Openers: The Unity Band (old school R&B) and Ashe (West African drumming style troupe).See More
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The historic Crawford Grill #2 has been purchased by a responsible group of investors who want to restore it to viability as a jazz venue. Let them know how important their venture is to you.See More
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piano-Howie Alexander, Victor Gardoza, Max Leake
bass- Carl Hildebrand,Keith Starling, Chris Skelly
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drums- Fox Smith, Vince Giordano, Deb Weible, Roger Humphries, Fox
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I am a jazz pianist and band leader of The Blue-Hots, an exotic and world music jazz vocal trio. The Blue-Hots use Afro-Cuban and mid-century influences to write their own songs, which are also based on the American songbook, cabaret, theme songs, and anything else that captures their attention.
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my new residency!

Posted on April 14, 2012 at 5:55pm 0 Comments

I am currently playing an open-mic cabaret every Monday night from 8-10 at

Hambone's in Lawrenceville.

My new vocal trio, The Blue-hots, plays there periodically too.

iso singer

Posted on January 2, 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Just moved from NYC and am looking for a singer to complete our act-- an old-style vocal duet-- for gigs in and around the Pgh area.

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At 6:38pm on January 2, 2010, ian kane said…
Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to exploring the jazz scene here in pgh. Have a wonderful 2010 yourself.
At 6:22am on January 2, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Ian,

Wishing you wings to fly, the vision to dream wildly, The Heart to love deeply and the spirit to embrace all beauty in life..may you have a prosperous New Year with endless good health, wealth and happiness in 2010. Peace and blessings profound!

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