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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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AAMI Boys Choir Home Coming Alumni Concert “A Tribute to Fathers”

Afro American Music Institute Presents…


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Ornette Lives!

A week long memorial broadcast is currently being aired on the life and music of Ornette Coleman.

Aside from Ornette's music, there will be additional insight into his musical legacy through presentations by Phil Schaap, jazz historian and educator.  Listed below is his schedule.  The presentations provide an educational narrative which allow for a deeper understanding and appreciation of Ornette's music. Schaap's presentations are of interest to both those uninitiated with Ornette's…


Added by Melissa Jones on June 13, 2015 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

Tony Adamo Mike Clark Richie Goods

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Tony Adamo & The New York Crew Diggin' The Spins

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Free Mp3/"Listen Here Listen Up" by Tony Adamo And The New York Crew/Lyrics By Tony Adamo

Tony Adamo & The New York Crew/Music Produced By Mike Clark/FOUR & ONE HALF STARS/ALLABOUTJAZZ

Nu jazz vocal/hip spoken word/lyrics by Tony Adamo. Mike Clark: drums; Tim Ouimette: trumpet; Micheal Wolff: piano; Richie Goods: bass; Bill Summers: percussion; Donald Harrison: alto sax.…


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2 Real 4 Radio Mixtape

"The Wrap-Up Mgazine" has released a new mixtape featuring various artist from around the globe titled "2 Real 4 Radio". This time they…

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See Me 9 Exposure Photography Competition At the Louvre

One of my images will be included in the digital display at the SeeMe exclusive pro-member reception at the Louvre this coming July 13th.

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Honorable Mary Williams

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Killa Fresh - Real Repty 2 Mixtape

Killa Fresh has a new mixtape out titled "Real Repty 2". East Oakland, California rap artist Killa Fresh links up with the infamous DJ_J12 to deliever some intense street…

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Prelude to Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday

The Ultimate Jazz Fans: Jack Towers and Dick Burris

Jack Towers and Dick Burris had been thinking about the logistics of their plan for a year and as the details crystalized, their novel idea neared reality.  On November 7th, 1940 the two young men would define…


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Hey Phat Chick! Video Premiere, Unity Concert, goin' outta tahn w/ Kabarett and Ka-Blam!

Hey friends!

I gave you incorrect info in my last email/post! I said I had a Video Premiere tonight at Blue Moon, Sat April 18.... AND IT WAS ALL LIES AND PROPAGANDA! It's TOMORROW!

So, here is a list of some incredible events I am part of this week and next, I hope you can come, and my show schedule is popping, so check my reverbnation profile for the most up to date info about my appearances!…


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¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II


¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II


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  All Friends ,  ¨Happy Easter 2015 ¨ The Long-Awaited Tidings ( DifferenceIV-Licuado Destello)Chica  


All Friends ,

 ¨Happy Easter 2015 ¨…


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From Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta (Pt. 1)

 POSTED ON DECEMBER 1, 2010 BY THE INDEPENDENT EAR Guitarist-educator, and now author, Pascal (Bokar) Thiam aims to broaden the historical timeline of blues and jazz well beyond the romantic notion of ‘up the Mississippi from New Orleans…’ Though I had the pleasure of spinning Pascal’s in-performance ’07 CD Savannah Jazz Club on radio, I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him until about two months ago at the first in a series of book signing & reading events for African Rhythms: the…


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Billie Holiday Centennial

April 7th marks the centennial celebration of the incomparable Billie Holiday. Her genius remains the foundation for jazz vocalists and her legacy reigns supreme.

The Swing Song Tradition 

By the early 1930's, the Jazz Age was coming to an end. The 2/4, oomp-pah rhythm of the 1920's was giving way to the smoother, more elastic rhythm of the Swing Era. Benny Goodman officially got the ball rolling at the Palomar; but the Jazz Age Orchestra had left a…


Added by Melissa Jones on April 3, 2015 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Springtime means LOTSA gigs!

Friends.... please allow me to say, I am honored and blessed and overwhelmingly grateful to all the support you all showed me during my supremely intense kickstarter campaign..... which was SUCCESSFUL! This summer I am going to Europe to sing at the World Body Painting Festival in A…


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¨Digital Series ( 2014 2015) Samples¨Sketching a Melody¨ II


Confessions Of A Broken Heart. ( difference hard light screen Inv.Polar)…


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