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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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August 13, 2008 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dr. Leo Casino will return home to Pittsburgh to perform for, and talk to, youth incarcerated at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County Jail on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.… Continue

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on August 17, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments


The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad is a partnership between Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed to foster cultural exchange with audiences worldwide through performance and educational outreach. Selected ensembles tour to such regions as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for approximately one month. International… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 8:14pm — 9 Comments

Musicians to pay tribute to Turrentine brothers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bob Karlovits TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, August 14, 2008 For Mike Tomaro and Marty Ashby, paying tribute to the jazz legacies of Stanley and Tommy Turrentine is as natural as having a picnic in the summer. It seems only appropriate they are doing it at a free, late afternoon concert in Highland Park. "Stanley was a huge influence on me," says saxophonist Tomaro, who also is an arranger and head of jazz studies at Duquesne University. "Matter of fact, anyone who plays this instrument owes… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Detroit International Jazz Festival

This year the theme of DJF is 'A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit Summit' celebrating two great music cities The 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival will be celebrating the City of Brotherly Love throughout the Labor Day weekend, with Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride as the festival's artist-in-residence, a gaggle of artists from both cities, and several special projects. The largest free jazz festival in North America, the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:45am — No Comments

Vama Veche (Romania) hosts Stufstock Festival this weekend

The line up includes Apocalyptica, Harry Tavitian, dEUS and Jean-Luc Ponty. Apocalyptica, Deus and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty head the bill of the Stufstock Festival that started on Thursday in Vama Veche and which is set to end on Saturday night. 11 foreign bands and 15 Romanian bands will take part in the three-day festival. A total number of 17 bands will perform on the main stage located in Marina Park. Likewise, 9 young bands will perform on a… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:25am — 1 Comment


by Peter Weddle In tough economic times, it may seem out of place to talk about pursuing one's dreams. For many of us, such an endeavor is far too lofty and maybe even dangerously naive when just finding a job is the order of the day. Having been out of work myself from time-to-time, I am very respectful of this view. I've also learned, however, that it is absolutely wrong. The time to get it right - the time to acknowledge and act on your dreams - is… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 14, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Gullifty's has reopened!

After been closed for a couple of weeks, Gullifty's reopened last night. Of course, the reason I mention this is that OPEK is playing there Friday night, and I want to convince as many people as possible to attend. So do come by and celebrate with us, won't you?

Added by Ben Opie on August 14, 2008 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

In Colours (2008): More digital images

Alguna Vez...

De las Altas Cumbres

El Crepúsculo de las Altas Cumbres

Observando a la Pachamama

Altas Cumbres… Continue

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on August 13, 2008 at 11:22pm — No Comments

MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO tonight at 6-8 p.m. EST

Join Diva JC with Suzanne Brooks, Renaissance Woman on

If you miss the show, tune in for the archives.

Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m. EST

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Join Diva JC, host of MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO on Wednesday at 6-8 p.m. EST, interviewing women who compose and perform their own music and women who produce events. Go to: and register to CHAT.
Tags: career, composer, composition, divajc, instrument, instrumental, internet, music, musician, online

Added by Diva JC on August 12, 2008 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Isaac Hayes, Deep-Voiced Soul Icon, Is Dead at 65

August 10, 2008

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 8:56 p.m. ET With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie ''Shaft'' not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Hayes' career. Yet the ''Theme from Shaft,'' which would earn both Grammys and an Oscar, was just a snippet of the groundbreaking music for which Hayes -- who… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 11, 2008 at 3:33am — 2 Comments

Spotlight On Jazz And Poetry - ONI LASANA

Oni Lasana "desired poet of the people" was born and raised in North Philadelphia during the height of the Civil Rights era in America. She was deeply affected and involved in the Black Consciousness Movement. An avid traveler, she pursued a life course to bring positive awareness of African American and Caribbean culture to communities worldwide. She spent a successful career in the music industry as a publisher and promoter of Black music in the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:22am — No Comments

Al Jarreau to open the Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival

The stage of Bucharest Masters of Jazz will also host Dianne Reeves, Five Peace Band – Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival, due to take place in Bucharest during October 23 – November 5, will be opened by an extraordinary concert performed by the great Al Jarreau, Media Services Events announces. The unique vocal style of Al Jarreau and his innovations in the field of music turned him into one of the most… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:20am — No Comments

Tigran Hamasyan piano tours in France

Jazz, Soul & Funk Dates : 26 June 2008 - 6 December 2008 France - various venues

Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri (Armenia) in 1987. From the age of 2 he showed an extraordinary interest towards music. The tape player and piano became preferable than many other toys he had. At the age of 3 he was singing the great deal of Led Zeppelin's, Deep Purple's, Beatles', Louis Armstrong's, and Queens' songs trying to accompany himself on the Piano.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 31, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments


Miles Davis’ electric bands in the late ‘60s (featured on such classic albums as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew) served as the incubator for several pioneering jazz fusion bands, including Tony Williams’ Lifetime, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter’s Weather Report and Chick Corea’s legendary Return to Forever, whose lifespan stretched from 1972 to 1977 with three different versions of… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments


South Jersey/Philadelphia area artist, Sandra Turner-Barnes is a national award winning poet, author & vocalist, known across the East Coast as "The Cadillac Lady" because of her amusing poem-song by that title. In 1995, Sandra won the Ebony Magazine Literary Competition for short fiction; and, she felt truly honored to be named "Diva of Poetry" right along with Nikki Giovanni, Sonya Sanchez and Ntosake Shange in 1997 in the City of Philadelphia.… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 28, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments


I took this information directly from Buddy's website - - What a great lineup! Can't miss this one.............. Drucker Labs and Scabeba Entertainment presents the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert. When: October 18, 2008 Where: Hammerstein Ballroom 311 W. 34th St. NYC, NY 10001 Special Guest: Neil Peart, John Blackwell, Terry Bozzio, Nick Rich with The Buddy Rich Band and featuring… Continue

Added by Karl Sterling on July 23, 2008 at 1:58am — No Comments

Nice Jazz Festival, France

19 Jul 2008 - 26 Jul 2008 One of the major jazz festivals of the world, this event attracts close to 50,000 visitors each year who come to listen to musicians play on stages in the beautiful setting of Nice's Cimiez Arenas and Gardens – a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre. The focus is on jazz music but the festival embraces many musical genres with past performers including such legends as BB King, Bebel Gilberto and Jimmy Cliff as well as newer acts… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:32am — No Comments

Connecticut Connection

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:12am — No Comments


Roy Ayers Vibraphonist/vocalist, composer and arranger is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the '60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B bandleader in the '70s/'80s. If this is the era of… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on July 22, 2008 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

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