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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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Obama Inauguration Luncheon

ACORN is holding an Obama Inauguration Luncheon on the 20th of January, starting at 10 AM. We will have a big screen to view the festivities together, and will honor Ms. Lillian Allen, 100 years old, who doorknocked her street before going to vote, to make sure that all her neighbors made it to the polls!
Luncheon colors, Black and Red
Cost- either a $10.00 contribution, or a covered dish.
RSVP 412 441-5441

Added by Maryellen Hayden on January 11, 2009 at 12:43am — No Comments

A roll call -revisited

A few years ago I wrote a letter called “*A Roll Call” Its premise was: A call to action for creative minds to not only record history but to also write our future. As it’s no big secret our Nation, as a whole, has slipped away from culture and fell into consumerism. We lost that balance that holds democratic civilizations afloat. Culture is as important to this world as is oil. Without creative minds we lay stagnate in our past accomplishments but mostly our mistakes. Without different… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on January 10, 2009 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Alan Bargebuhr - Cadence Magazine Review – December, 2000

"What's in Store? - Jessie Wills, Canary Label, 1999

“In Jessie Wills, we find straight forward simplicity of style and an openness of voice that is both sanguine and sweet. It is her “Thousand Eyes” that is the preeminent version of the three (I reviewed this time) with some astoundingly linear tuba playing by Jim Self. When Wills scats against his melodic burrowing, there is something metaphysical in the air. Frank Rosolino’s "Daniel" hits a… Continue

Added by Jessie Wills on January 10, 2009 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

MUSICWOMAN LIVE! Radio Show and books by Joan Cartwright

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! -- Diva JC

Historically, women have been left out of his-story. My books emphasize the contribution women have made in the field of jazz and blues. Visit my site and check out JAZZWOMEN in the links. Also, see my books at …


Added by Diva JC on January 7, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Some Of My Picks For 2008


Ok are some of the best perfomances I saw or almost saw this past year.

I say almost because I was in the press room with Bob Davis and T Watts when Surgar Pie Desanto gave her kick a** perfomance at the Kimmel Center during the R&B Foundation Pioneer Awards. We could not see the monitors well but with flips on the stage and that knockout voice, she was someone who really "stole the show".

Other picks:

Maceo Parker at the… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on January 6, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

Help get Joan's books in your library

7th book, #6 published in 2008 ------------- 6th book, #5 published in 2008

How you can help

Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright ISBN:… Continue

Added by Diva JC on January 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments


Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Faithful Central Church Tabernacle
321 W. Florence Ave.
Inglewood, Ca. 90301

Viewing............ 11:00 AM
Funeral............. 1:00 PM

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 4, 2009 at 1:16am — No Comments

Why Music?

Interesting reading



Why music? Dec 18th 2008>

From The Economist print edition

Biologists are addressing one of humanity’s strangest attributes, its all-singing, all-dancing culture“IF MUSIC be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” And if not? Well, what exactly is it for? The production and consumption of music is a big part of… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on January 2, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Xylophone For Sale

Anyone interested in a xylophone at half price original price $1,495.00 contact Jon Armes at 412-537-3231 or leave a message on my page

Added by jon armes on January 1, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments


To all our dear Pittsburgh Jazz friends,


you so much for an incredible year--a new CD, the wonderful CD Release

Party, and the increasing recognition that we are getting for our

music. We couldn't have done it without your continuing support and

encouragement. We hope to make it to Pittsburgh soon!

We hope you have a wonderful, safe, blessed holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our events in the New… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on January 1, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments


As 2008 comes to a close we are overwhelmingly grateful for each and every member. The more you play around with your page the more you will learn. Anything you post you can also delete or edit. If you want to increase you traffic, make lots of friends; annotate your photos and videos. THE MAGIC TRAFFIC GENERATOR IS THE TAG. Make sure you put key words in the tag of every post and also your name. Viral marketing is driven by the tag so never leave the tag blank. You can also edit… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 30, 2008 at 3:31am — 6 Comments

and a happy new year!!!

So wowza, it has been some crazy last couple of weeks....

For the record, NYC was awesome, I met a cousin I didn't even know I had , saw one of my best friends from college (I practically lived on their couch) .... here is some video from that night:

The next night was pretty awesome, I went to a place called Proteus Gowanus for the release of a new book "The Space Between" by John Law and… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on December 29, 2008 at 8:12pm — No Comments


I lived in a second floor apartment at 2173 Webster Avenue. There, amidst all the goins' ons...The Perry Bar, on down to the Crawford Grill #2, shoot over to Center Avenue where there were flourishing far as the eye could see...both ways...both sides; head on down past The Savoy Ballroom, The New Granada Theater, hustle on past the Roosevelt Theater, constantly weaving through an endless flow of moving people until I'd reach The Irene Kaufmann Settlement; turn left on Helman… Continue

Added by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on December 29, 2008 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Happy New Year!

I Wish to all my friends for This Season and all Seasons Health and Happiness Peace and Prosperity Joy and Jazz

Added by Magdalena Vaida on December 27, 2008 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Techno futures.

Techno futures.

Many years ago, I had thought what an amazing thing technology was. It was ever moving always improving, and solving problems. My thoughts drifted to the next resting stop in entertainment. I wondered how they were going to get the media to us. Like Video killing the radio star. Computer killed the video star, even thought it is not dead yet, TV. is ,as we know it, heading out.. As a matter of facts, communication as we know it is out the window.

This… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on December 27, 2008 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Happy New Year

Hey Nelson & all the PJN folks. This is my first blog. Hope it works.
Best wishes for 2009. My production of "The Snow Queen" opened and had a nice run at the Playhouse...but I've had some pretty serious
leg surgery which has curtailed some Holiday Festivities. So have a couple on me!

Added by Doug Bentz on December 25, 2008 at 8:57pm — No Comments


"Friendship is like music; two strings tuned alike, will both stir though but only one you strike." ---Francis Quarles We are individually and collectively blessed by each other in the fashion of the above quote and together we reach beyond our individual preferences to deploy the vibrations of love, peace, friendship, joy, and human kinship throughout the known and unknown Universe when we share our personal truth with another. We thank each of you for sharing yourselves on this network and we… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 25, 2008 at 7:00am — 11 Comments

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Help get Joan's books into the library

How you can help Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these THREE books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright ISBN: 978-1412059183 Paperback: 385 pages Available at: …


Added by Diva JC on December 18, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Diva JC's Books

This year has been very productive. I've just completed my fifth book. See all my books at this link:

My first book and CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is available at this link:

The other four books are available at

I am…


Added by Diva JC on December 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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