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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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The musical brain: Novel study of jazz players shows common brain circuitry processes both music, language

February 19, 2014

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Book recalls all-Black Navy band that included trumpeter from Pittsburgh


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 19, 2014 at 1:12am — 2 Comments

Montgomery, Carter, Jones, Henderson voted into Jazz Hall of Fame


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 19, 2014 at 1:03am — No Comments

Honoring NEA Jazz Master Slide Hampton

Pittsburgh Music History

Honoring Slide Hampton

Born in Jeannette, Pa. Slide began performing…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 7, 2014 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

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."…


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Hi Jazz Family,


Once again, I want to thank all of you who came out to honor and support Mr. Chizmo Charles Anderson, a true Pittsburgh legend, at Savoy Monday Night Jazz on December 23, 2013. It showed just how many people feel as blessed as I do to have the honor of calling this man, mentor and friend.


Due to the fact that many of you, who love this great artist, made me aware that you had lost contact with him and was concerned that he might not even be…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 28, 2013 at 6:41am — 1 Comment


Hey everybody, for this Christmas season, on Monday, December 23rd, I’m really excited and honored to be able to present to you an extra special event at Savoy Monday Night Jazz.

  CHIZMO CHARLES Anderson will be there to sing and enjoy a host of Pittsburgh’s finest artists as they honor him in song!  Chizmo has been a mentor and an inspiration to many singers (myself included) for many years.  He is one our few elders still able to share his music with us, so any…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 21, 2013 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo On The Final Best of 2013 List for!

1. Marc Carey - For The Love Of Abbey (2)
2. Hristo Vitchev - Rhodopa (3)
3. Tony Adamo - Miles Of Blu
4. Perry Beekman - So In…

Added by Frank Black on December 13, 2013 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Celebration Jan 23, 2014

Inaugural Pittsburgh Rock'N Roll Hall of Fame…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 9, 2013 at 1:11am — No Comments

The Cure For Winter Blues

The Cure For Winter Blues

Don't be feeling down

Just because winter came around

Let me share things I have found

Before more snow hits the ground

My youtube channel viewwithme

Has much excitement for you to see

So go to the site and join me

It really is the place to be

There are playlists to suit your every need

Anything from wild bats out of trees

To the judging of birds and bumble bees

Take a minute to give it a peek…


Added by Doris Anne Beaulieu on December 7, 2013 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Christmas Classics from Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Music History

Enjoy delightful holiday music from Pittsburgh musicians

Pittsburgh Christmas Classics…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Ohio Democrat Mixtape

The Ohio rap artist from…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 29, 2013 at 1:22am — No Comments

After Holiday Sales

Send friends and family an iTunes Gift Card or…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 29, 2013 at 12:55am — No Comments

For the mountains shall depart,

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. (Isaiah 54:10)

God gives this promise to His people-that no matter what happens on this earth, God will always love us and walk beside us. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

My Prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank You for Your wonderful love for me! Thank you…


Added by Ladyjd721 on November 28, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Tony Adamo/Headhunters Mike Clark Bill Summers Paul Jackson Jerry Stucker

This is a great in the pocket groove of a song. Headhunters Bill Summers, Paul Jackson, Mike Clark, Jerry Stucker all play on vocal/hipspoken word  funk  artist Tony Adamo's music. Jerry Stucker produced three of Adamo CD's.  Legendary drummer Mike Clark is now Tony Adamo's producer. Clark produced Tony Adamo's current CD, MILES OF BLU/MOB

A Pitts Gambino PR GIG/New York City, NY…


Added by Frank Black on November 27, 2013 at 7:50pm — No Comments

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