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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Jazz at Blue Moon Bar this Sunday! 23rd Annual Ides of March March! New videos about fascists and weddings!

Friends! So much is happening! It's crazy, how much is going on, it's hard to keep up with myself!

I am singing this Sunday March 13th at the Blue Moon Bar in Lawrenceville, with guitarist Carlos Peña! 10 pm, 21 and over, no cover, 5115 Butler St, Lawrenceville!…


Added by Phat Man Dee on March 11, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

Billy May

Hi all, 

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billy May, a jazz musician who was born in Pittsburgh. He grew up in East Liberty and graduated from Schenly High School. He is probably best known for his work with Charlie Barnet, and then arranging for Nat King Cole and especially Frank Sinatra.

I thought it would be nice if the Pittsburgh jazz community commemorated the anniversary of Billy's birth in some way. Anyone interested in…


Added by Stephen Tokarick on February 4, 2016 at 4:59am — No Comments

Celebrating 100 Years of R&B, Rock N Roll Jazz Organ Legend, BILL DOGGETT


Press Release

Feburary 2, 2016

For Immediate Release


Celebrating a 1950s Rock n Roll Milestone-The 100th birthday of Rock n roll Organist, Bill Doggett February 16, 2016


What:February 16th 2016 marks the 100th birthday of one of the most important African American R&B and  Rock n Roll…


Added by Bill Doggett on February 3, 2016 at 1:02am — No Comments

Roy Eldridge

Happy Birthday to the incomparable, Pittsburgh Jazz Great Roy Eldridge! January 30, 1911.

Added by Melissa Jones on January 28, 2016 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr On The Importance Of Jazz

On the Importance of Jazz…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2016 at 9:55pm — 4 Comments


Hi everyone,


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I just got word of some exciting things happening with Monday Night Jazz at Savoy!


Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for helping make Savoy one of the best new spots for jazz in the “burgh” over the past few years.  It has been compared to such iconic Pittsburgh jazz venues as The Encore and The Balcony (just to name two).  We are well on our way (if not already there) to be remembered in days…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on January 11, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

Happy Birthday Klook!

Happy Birthday Pittsburgh Jazz Great

Kenny Clarke - January 9, 1914

Added by Melissa Jones on January 9, 2016 at 7:45pm — No Comments

December 28, 1903

Happy Birthday to Pittsburgh Jazz legend, Earl Hines!!!!

Added by Melissa Jones on December 28, 2015 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

Merry Chistmas...

All Friends…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on December 24, 2015 at 8:33am — No Comments

Have Yourself a Phattie Little Holiday!

Make your Yule-tide Gay!!!!!  And what better way to do this than with Pittsburgh's favorite tattooed Jewishly leaning yet pan spiritual songstress??!?!? I am sure you have your traditions, and I hope you hold them with respect and dignity, love and remembrance.... We don't know where we're going if we can't remember the past, right? I remember once as a little girl, lighting my candles on the menorah I had made in shop class out of metal pop bottle tops and 2 x 4 wood,…


Added by Phat Man Dee on December 17, 2015 at 3:49am — No Comments

Billy Strayhorn

We're celebrating the exceptional Billy Strayhorn, here in the NY Metro area. Check the current WSJ article on "Musicians Take the A-Train".

Billy Strayhorn Lives!

Added by Melissa Jones on November 30, 2015 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Digital Series :Sample (2015) ¨In the wee small hours of the morning¨

Hope is Reborna ( Difference,Hard Light,Zoom Tinta Inv.Polar Resplandor )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on November 22, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments

Phat Man Dee's Guide to Fighting the Terrorists....

I have been a Francophile my entire life. I fell in love with French music and the language and the poetry of it's people and the peoples they invaded a long time ago. I love France, I love West Africa, I love New Orleans, I love a lot of places, but I really really like France. As an adult I look back and wonder WHY do I like France so much? I like cheese, but I like anyone's cheese, cheese is just delicious, and I like the cabaret…


Added by Phat Man Dee on November 18, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Interview of Matty Shiner by Jim Pugh

This interview was sent to me by Kevin McManus, who edited it down I guess from a recording of the interview. I did another once over and here it is! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I don't know the exact year of the interview - suffice it to say it was in the last 10-15 years.…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 14, 2015 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Obituary of Edwin P. Shiner

Looking for obituary of Edwin P. Shiner    My Email is

Added by Lisa White on November 13, 2015 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

Digital Red 13: A Futuristic View Of The Music Industry (Op-Ed)

It's the year 2055, and the music industry has changed. No longer are the days where recording industry executives …


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 9, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Centennial celebration gives Pittsburgh-bred composer Strayhorn his due

1 / Composer Billy…

Added by Billy Strayhorn Memorial Page on November 8, 2015 at 10:28pm — No Comments

TWUM Hottest Lil Boosie Moments

If you are a fan of "Lil Boosie," then this is the page that you would like to be on. "The Wrap-Up Magazine" would like for you to check out Lil Boosie's…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 3, 2015 at 3:27am — No Comments

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