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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



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Benjy Myaz' 'Werks' delight at RedBones

published: Wednesday | October 8, 2008

Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

At times Benjy Myaz relaxed on a high stool and led with his guitar, at other points he came front and centre and led with his voice, still with plucking the strings. Sometimes his voice stood on its own, at one point it alternated with special guest A'lisa, at others it gave way to Charmaine Limonius, just as he did with the guitar and saxophone of Courtney Fadlin.

In all cases the musician and singer, along with… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Jam session ~ Smilin Dave and Friends @ the Royal Place Tuesdays

In case ya hadn't heard about it yet, come on out and join us @ the Royal Place Tuesday nights.

Added by Mystic Knights on October 9, 2008 at 10:51pm — No Comments


A friend of mine posted this in another fourm and I thought it was perfect for this one as well... KA


According to the "experts", if the election were held today, Senator

Obama would win.

Many of those experts are suggesting that a "generational shift" is


History has proven that when "generational shifts" occur, it means big

changes for the culture.

If we accept those three things as a fact for just a…

Added by Kevin Amos on October 9, 2008 at 12:08pm — No Comments

"Good Hair" Now Available for Download!

Hi everyone!

Our debut CD, "Good Hair" is now available in download form only at Digstation ( For those of you that like your music digital, this is a great place to get your downloads, because 100% of the profits go to the artists--unlike iTunes.

Our CD will be available for purchase shortly through CD Baby and other outlets, for those of you who want a physical CD.

And, of course, it will be available at the CD Release Party on October… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on October 7, 2008 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Transylvania Jazz Festival 2008

15-19 October 2008 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Program: Wednesday 15.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Yaron Herman (Israel) - Anca Parghel Band (România) Thursday 16.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Boys Band Trio (Polonia) - Olivier Gatto Sextet (Franţa, Italia) Friday 17.10.2008 21:00 – Students House - Jacky Terrasson (SUA, Franţa) - Harry Tavitian & Orient Express (România) Saturday 18.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Hungarian Band (Ungaria) -… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on October 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live performances every month from the legendary New York jazz club. Upcoming Concerts Tues., Sept. 16: Chris Potter Underground Wed., Oct. 8: Bill Charlap Trio Wed., Oct. 29: Jenny Scheinman Group Wed., Nov. 19: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Wed., Dec. 17: Cedar Walton Quartet About This Series One of the world's preeminent jazz venues, the Village Vanguard has presented nearly… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on October 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments



Age 79, of Pittsburgh, peacefully on Saturday September 27, 2008; husband of Delores Tucker; father of Judith Seibert of Philadelphia, Lovella Spaulding, Vivian Crawley, Florence Glenn, Noel Webb, and Charles Crawley; brother of Bernard Tucker of Philadelphia. Memorial Service to be held on a later date. Professional services entrusted to COSTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-661-5916

Send condolences at… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 2, 2008 at 11:46pm — No Comments

The More Things Change......

You all know the rest of that phrase. My close associate and friend Bob Davis is going to be in town this Saturday, October 5 as a speaker. Here is something he posted today. You can reply to him by writing :


There is a new film out called "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story."

I haven't seen it yet, but for those of you who know me well, you know that I would have a strong interest in this movie. Understanding Lee Atwater's story answers many… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on September 30, 2008 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Economic Generators of the Past. What is to Come?

This information was sent to me by my good friend Mark Anthony Neal.


Bookies and gamblers bailed out blacks during The Depression. Who will save us now?

Running the Numbers

By Robert E. Weems Jr. |

Sept. 30, 2008--Despite its failure in the House yesterday, a massive taxpayer-financed bailout of the nation's various financial institutions remains a near certainty.

Black… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on September 30, 2008 at 7:51pm — No Comments


Well done to the winners of our spelling mistake competition, the first 10 entries received were judged to be the winners and they are; Lucas Tsholofelo Titisi of Walmer, P.E.; Peter Bosch of Steenberg, Cape; Andrea Wolper of Brooklyn, New York; Bev Perold-Stephen of Durban North; Norma Read of Claremont, CT; Cheryl Scholtz of Cape Town; Grant Smith of Modderfontein; Mike Laatz of Claremont, CT; Mark Black of Kenilworth, CT and Herby Opland of Johannesburg. As will be noted we have received… Continue

Added by Eric Alan on September 12, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments


Mayor Ravenstahl proclaims August 18 as Leo Casino day in Pittsburgh. As I received the proclamation I thought about my beginning in the burg, the struggle, the love and my DNA. From being tortured at the police station at the age of 18, beaten like a dog. To playing the Hurricane, just think me ,the son of a whore. I am honored....

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on September 11, 2008 at 2:38pm — No Comments

My thoughts -

A few years back, I decided I had to end my life as a uneducated ignorant man. I placed education on the top of my list, something that I never did in my life. I noticed I was a dumb-ass country boy with everyone around me wise and far more educated. I was left out of many things and was laughed at more often then I liked. My Wife is a genius my sons Genius! I had to keep up or be left behind… I had volumes to say but was unable to do so, because I thought being educated was in a sense… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on September 4, 2008 at 7:36pm — 25 Comments

Anywhere but the Burgh. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten at the Keswick Theater, 8-19-08

Now...before you folks start going off on a tangent let's not get it twisted, ok? There is great music in Pittsburgh. Just not enough of it and the failure by some promoters and other folks to get some of these big tours. It's not just Jazz but across the board. It gives me a migrane trying to figure out folks here, but I do love my home.

There have been some great shows and great concepts this summer. Poggie Bell at Market Square, Dwayne Dolphin's CD release shows at not one but… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on August 29, 2008 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Eric Kloss...why is he the forgotten man?

Folks....please read the following report I saw today. The similar circumstances have ocurred to Eric Kloss and from my last encounter with he and his wife Cindy he is not getting any better either. Why doesn't anyone believe them? Eric is also suffering from a rare nervous condition. Perhaps if some of you see this perhaps we can finally do something. No one deserves to live like this. Even though many folks have issues with his wife and her "controlling" nature it bothers me to know that they… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on August 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments


Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments


Another year has gone by and I am given, one more time, the privilege to invite, in the name of the organizers, the jazz fans of Brasov and not only, to take part in a new international jazz celebration, here, at the Tampa´s feet. KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING ON! What we started, last year, would continue with a new edition, at least as attractive as the previous one and definitely, a bigger one! This year too, the organizers of the event, Brasov… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Earn Money Listening to Music! (Pittsburgh) - Craiglist

Reply to: see below

Date: 2008-08-22, 3:21PM EDT

Media Research Now, a market research firm serving clients worldwide, is seeking individuals in the Pittsburgh area to participate in a PAID research study. These groups will be conducted Tuesday, August 26 in the afternoon/evening hours. Each group will last about 2 hours, and you will be paid $60 upon completion of the group.

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please visit this website to see if you… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 25, 2008 at 2:58am — No Comments


The Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame

Monday, February 19, 2007

Compiled by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A list of people who were inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame. Where available, achievements are noted.


• Henry Fiore

• Howard Russell

• Mary Lois Verilla (the woman who paints Pittsburgh)


• Al Aarons -- performed with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones,…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 23, 2008 at 5:13am — No Comments


Mosley sculpts a lifetime of passion By C. Denise Johnson | Courier Staff Writer “My sculpture is an urban Afro-American-Euro-Jazz influenced art. It is an effort to create works of vitality and identity which enhance space and transcend time.” If you’ve ever been down Herron Avenue between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue, you may notice an abstract looking piece of artwork that marks the Martin Luther King Reading Room and Cultural Center on Milwaukee Street; that piece of chiseled… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

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