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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words

January 2014 Blog Posts (5)

New Music from Archie Shepp


Added by Kevin Amos on January 22, 2014 at 5:43am — No Comments

Joe Evans RIP

From soul Patrol.....

Any of you familiar with Joe Evans?

PRESS RELEASE A Wonderful Life - January 20, 2014

Joseph James Evans, age 97, of Richmond, Virginia departed this life

January 17, 2014. Born on October 7, 1916 in Bonifay, Florida, he grew

up in Pensacola where his love of music was fostered. As a young man, he

moved to New York City where his professional career began to flourish.

Between 1939 and 1965, "Joe" Evans performed…


Added by Kevin Amos on January 22, 2014 at 5:29am — 5 Comments

On the Record with Randy Weston


"Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: They were not only great musicians. They told the story of African-American life."

Randy Weston


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2014 at 12:38am — No Comments

Renowned jazz pianist, composer Geri Allen assumes the mantle of the Jazz Studies Program

Geri Allen Growing up in Detroit, Geri Allen’s childhood soundtrack was her father’s collection of Charlie Parker records. It was as though her future as a jazz pianist and composer was preordained; and ever since, she has been arranging and re-arranging the notes to reflect the changing verses of her life’s…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2014 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

Tony Adamo on Alljazz Radio Playlist

"Tony Roc Adamo is someone who was a surprising addition to our playlists, never having heard of him before, what a pleasant surprise he and his music turned out to be. We will continue to hear from this interesting and versatile musician in the future. Here we listen to Jack Kerouac, Jack! and Don't Change Horses from his album Miles of Blu. Do enjoy."…


Added by Frank Black on January 1, 2014 at 6:07pm — No Comments

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