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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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Antoinette at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy

November 10, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm
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At R Bar, yoho's Yinzide Out, featuring different artists each event. Currently occurring every 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday at R Bar.Please Note: starting in January, Yinzide Out will hosts it's open stage Every Wednesday throughout 2014 at R Bar.Also catch the Yinzide Out open stage Every Sunday at The Brookline Pub. 734 Brookline Blvd. 15226See More
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Start your weekend with a song or two by one of Pittsburgh's most engaging performers. Jazz in any language with Spanish guitar and Afro Cuban percussion is the perfect complement to your busy weekend. No cover, great bartender and great light menu. See you in Pittsburgh, where the music flows and the drummer knows just what you need.See More
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Jazz Cruises Present The DMS Tour featuring George Duke, Marcus Miller & David Sanborn at Stage AE

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Hambone's Jam Session, vocal friendly all musicains welcome! at Hambone's in Lawrenceville

May 1, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Hosted by Daniel May & Tania Grubbs, this week we have Dave Pellow bass, George C. Jones on congas! Bring tunes to shed and share, back by a fantastic rhythm section. Spread the word. Fun Night of music.
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JAM SESSION at LEE TUCK LOUNGE at Lee Tuck Lounge in the Westend Area

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John Hall

John is all right over there in Japan.
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Second Line Mardi Gras All-Stars at Thunderbird Cafe

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It's FAT TUESDAY and the Second Line Mardi Gras Allstars return again to The Thunderbird Cafe. Join us for a NO COVER NITE of New Orleans R&B and Funk with John Pergal, Mark Perna, Jason Hamilton, Steve Delach and Bill MarucaSee More
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jay french might attend LEE ROBINSON's event


March 12, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Lee Robinson TrioLee Robinson, tenor & soprano saxophones  /  Ken Berger, piano  /  Mark Perna, bass +  SPECIAL  GUEST  VOCALISTS : Genie WalkerSteve JacksonOlga WatkinsTim StevenThomas Reilly$10, Students $5 See More
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January 15, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
January 15, 2011 from 7pm to 9pmJazz Concert Nights with Lee Robinson saxes, Ken Berger keyboard, and Mark Perna, acoustic bass at Christine Frechard Gallery Jazz art form , original music in an art surrounding.January 15, Saturday,  7 pm 5871 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill), PA 15217  PH. 412 421 8888See More
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i love the smooth jazz and enjoy playing it . you can't find it in pittsburgh on the radio. so i play my bass with the cds. like to play with a smooth jazz group or start one.Active Bassist
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John Hall

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 2:14pm 1 Comment

John is all right over there in Japan.

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At 2:40pm on September 20, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Man how are you? Thanks for the kind words.. Glad to hear there someone out there that still remembers the good old days. your buddy john papi
At 4:13pm on September 16, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Jay,

Great to see you last night. Now you have your own major web page. Please use it to your advantage. Express yourself and promote your art. Thank you for joining and I am here to help you. Please add me as a friend.




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