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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.

 

WELCOME!

 

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March 2011 Blog Posts (27)

ACTION United for Jazz!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE TBA

WYEP has a bid in to purchase WDUQ, and we hear the plan is to take away Jazz programming.



So many Jazz musicians have called me up and asked me to use my organizer skills to help them, that I am bound to respond. As an organizer, I know that the first thing you need to win is a strong organization that is willing to fight. So, are you willing to fight?



A new organization is forming now; a chapter of ACTION United, one specifically for musicians, that will fight for…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 9 Comments

Phat Man Dee singing Three Times this weekend!



You heard it here first folks, if you are in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, 
I would love to see your…
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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 25, 2011 at 4:55am — No Comments

Ronnie Laws coming to Pittsburgh.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 24, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Jazz Event No More at Thunderbird Cafe

Today I received a note from John Pergal at Thunderbird Cafe.
I was informed that our event this Saturday was cancelled, thus ending our run there since November.

Right now I feel very let down by a lot of folks.

Added by Kevin Amos on March 24, 2011 at 12:54am — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion appearing @......

 

 

 

                                                      The Brian Edwards Excursion

 

 will be appearing at Cafe' Notte Saturday April 2, 9pm-12pm. This promises to…

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Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 23, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN - STRENGTH CD RELEASE

Charity label There Is Hope Records an imprint of Melodic Revolution Records to release “STRENGTH” on March 29th 2011 “STRENGTH” is a digital CD release to help raise money for the people of Japan, in the aftermath of the tragic Tsunami and Earthquakes that have devastated the country since… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on March 22, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Spring, Song, Phat Man Dee and you!

Hello friends! just a quick shout out to remind you that tonight, on St Patrick's Day 2011 I am singing at the Smiling Moose on Pittsburgh's glorious and historic South Side, as an opener for the everyone's favorite circus sideshow cum hip hopper from Cleveland, Bushwalla! Also playing is Caleb Lovely!

I would love to see you, it shall be a phabulous evening of musical righteouscity...

I saw Bushwalla when he emceed the Jason Mraz tour last…
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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 17, 2011 at 4:15am — No Comments

Melvin Sparks passes

I just received word that the Soul-Jazz legend has passed. Will update as I receive more info.

Added by Kevin Amos on March 17, 2011 at 12:39am — No Comments

John Hall

John is all right over there in Japan.

Added by jay french on March 16, 2011 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Last Minute Prom Planning Guide – Quick Reminders & Prom Tips

LAST MINUTE PROM PLANNING GUIDE – QUICK REMINDERS & PROM TIPS



Last minute prom planning is tough, though it happens for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes a guy will wait until the last minute to invite a girl to prom. Sometimes money is an issue that requires delayed planning; especially in this economy. Disorganization has got to be the most common reason for why some girls and guys make last minute prom plans. No matter what the reason for last minute prom… Continue

Added by Pittsburgh Limo on March 16, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hope Digital Series (2011): Samples

Brote de Esperanza ( Licuar-BordesAcentuados-Esfera.)

 

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Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 13, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

John Hall

RIP Luther, we'll miss you!

 

Has anyone heard from John since the earthquake in Japan? A little panicked here...

Added by Lori L Brazill on March 12, 2011 at 4:58am — 1 Comment

Luther DeJarunett, A World Class Musician.

Losing people we love and cherish in our lives is never easy. Having to say farewell, dear friend for now, seems hard enough, but when it's unexpected, when it happens suddenly, we are shocked beyond belief. Hearing the words, "Luther is gone, he passed away tonight", was more then I could comprehend. It sounded so surreal, but it was true. My heart was broken and I was speechless.

How many hours had he and I talked about life…

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Added by Michele Bensen on March 12, 2011 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

More on Luther DeJaurnette

Some reflections on Luther DeJaurnette from interview with Barry Levenson



"Luther is one of the greatest musicians, not just guitarists, I learned more from him just about music than everything I have learned put together!"



"He BLEW MY MIND! He started playing all that stuff and I almost started to cry...I laid down my guitar and said, "I quit, I don't know anything, I wanna know what you're doing and I don't care what it takes!" [laughs] I spent the next two or three…
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Added by Kevin Amos on March 11, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Luther

Kudos to you Luther. You did it with class, sophistication and intergrity. Peace be with you.

 

Barry Boyd

Added by Barry Boyd on March 11, 2011 at 2:33pm — 5 Comments

Rest in Peace Luther!

Another brick in the Pittsurgh foundation of jazz has transitioned. Thank you for some great times and great music,

Rest in peace Luther!!

Brian

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 11, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Wed. March 16

The Brian Edwards Excursion will be playing at Little E's Wed. March 16 from 8-11pm.

Brian Edwards-Drums

Howie alexander-Keys

Tony Campbell-Sax

STOP BY AND CHECK OUT THE SHOW!!!…

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Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 10, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Phat Man Dee w/ Rusted Root and Bushwalla!



Friends, last week I suggested Spring was about to be sprung, and for our wonderful show with Coyote Run and it seemed that I was right, of course once they took their magical gaelic goodness away, the green and warm weather seemed to follow them, but they were not the only trick up my phat little sleeve! If you came to that show, I thank you for your…
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Added by Phat Man Dee on March 8, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Fans lobby to keep jazz on WDUQ

Sale of WDUQ raises concerns that the format could change
Sunday, March 06, 2011

What would Pittsburgh sound like without jazz on the radio?

"It shoots a hole in the soul of Pittsburgh," said local jazz musician Nelson Harrison. "You knock WDUQ off and we have…

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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 7, 2011 at 1:52pm — 28 Comments

Thank you!!!!!!!!

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Cafe' Notte this saturday, the place was PACKED! I also want to thank Howie Alexander, Judy Fiegel, and Terrance Vaughn for jamming with the band, you guys brought it. If you missed it...you missed it!!! We will however be at Little E's wed. 3-16 from 8-11. Stop By amd check out the show.

 

Thank you again Pittsburgh!

 

Brian

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 7, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

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