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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#PR @ganstamarcus #Newmusic #SlickRick #DJ @Sippitakeover

The Lima, Ohio unknown artist has returned again. The underground king has returned with various new albums with all his artist on one CD.…

Added by Gansta Marcus on March 22, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton celebrates his 85th Birthday

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Pittsburgh's Black Honors event takes place at CCAC


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 14, 2017 at 2:39am — No Comments




Nelson E. Harrison, Ph. D., RA, ASCAP

November 18, 2005 10:56 PM – February 23, 2017 12:29 AM


"Jazz musicians are the only workers who will put in a full shift for pay and then go somewhere else and continue to work for free."---George Carlin


All joking aside musicians are an endangered species.  They are dying off…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 2, 2017 at 6:03am — 1 Comment

Baby Dee is Coming to Town!!!

Friends! Please accept my apologies for the recent radio silence.... I will work on doing better, especially in these distressingly troubling times, at maintaining communication. The Book of Face and the Tweeter and the 'Gram are excellent tools for…


Added by Phat Man Dee on February 24, 2017 at 3:47am — No Comments


Bill "Honky Tonk" Doggett  just turned 101 years old yesterday, February 16th 2017

London's BLUES&RHYTHM Magazine just published this Feature based on my longer Feature article submitted.     The Melody lingers on.  Visit the Tribute website.…


Added by Bill Doggett on February 17, 2017 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Fred StatonTurns 102!

I'm passing along Phil Schaap's account of Fred Staton's 102nd birthday bash:

An outpouring of love as well as a display of pure musical joy occurred at Local 802 (the Big Apple branch of the American Federation of Musicians) as several hundred gathered to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Fred Staton (born Sunday, February 14, 1915). Fred attended and played!!!! Mr. Staton is a tenor saxophonist. Robert Smalls, the last African American Congressman from the days of Reconstruction,…


Added by Melissa Jones on February 16, 2017 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

2017 Valentine's Day at Savoy - Seating

 Jazz Fans,


As I’m sure you already know, Tuesday is Valentine’s Day and since Savoy is closed on Tuesdays, Monday Night Jazz will celebrate that day with the sophisticated and romantic sounds of vocalist, Fred Pugh III and Tony Campbell’s Jazz Surgery. 

With that in mind, Savoy is reserving most of the dining room tables for all those diners celebrating Valentine’s Day with us.  As always, the cocktail tables at the front of the house and the bar will be available for…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on February 12, 2017 at 11:59pm — No Comments

#newmusic #Pressplay with #Producer @ganstamarcus - #TheVault

Listen to albums and songs produced and recorded from Gansta Marcus of…

Added by Gansta Marcus on February 5, 2017 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Jazz Musicians and Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Various institutions will celebrate the accomplishments of Black citizens, who rightly deserve acknowledgement for their achievements. Phil Schaap will host his annual Black History Month broadcast, in honor of those musicians who, at the forefront of racial discrimination, created a legacy of incomparable music.

Saturday, (2/4), 6:00 PM (EST) - Fletcher Henderson's music will be explored. Henderson, a graduate of Atlanta College,…


Added by Melissa Jones on February 3, 2017 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

Anne Feeney Debuts Tribute Album at Wallace's TapRoom, 123 N. Highland Ave., 15206 from 7 - 9pm.

Tribute album honors the legacy and music of Pittsburgh’s Anne Feeney while also offsetting medical costs 

“It’s so beautiful what my friends got together to do for me.”


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 2, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Digital Series :Sample (2017) ¨Returning¨

Returning to The Quiet Beach.( Difference Multiplyl Zoom Resplandor Inv.Pola II Lighting).…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on January 27, 2017 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Jazz royalty, Roy Eldridge, would turn 106, Monday (1/30). His contribution to Jazz is paramount. Whether swinging as a twenty-one year old in the Vitaphone short, "Smash Your Baggage", or…

Pittsburgh Jazz royalty, Roy Eldridge, would turn 106, Monday (1/30). His contribution to Jazz is paramount. Whether swinging as a twenty-one year old in the Vitaphone short, "Smash Your Baggage", or singing a songbook standard, Roy Eldridge delivers! Always an innovator, his legacy remains, not as a bridge between the genius of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, but as a trailblazer, defined by a captivating take-no-prisoner bravado and an elastic, relaxed swing.

Join on…


Added by Melissa Jones on January 27, 2017 at 6:42pm — No Comments

5 Tricks Find Out The Best Custom Website And Development Company

Any SEO specialist or consultant SEO will convince you that search engine optimization isn't an exact science. The algorithms that search engines follow in ranking web page changes from time to time, so there isn't any current strategy that will stay effective for countless years. This is why SEO can be a technique demands creativity.

Good site navigation important to any Social Media, any time it comes to internal establishing it's…


Added by Jeremy Ingram on January 17, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Jimmy West, a Wilkinsburg Treasure

With a song in his heart, West has entertained thousands for decades

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Updated: 7:52 AM

By PAULA A. SMITH Correspondent


Photo by Nelson Harrison

West, 84, and his great nephew Cameron Nino performed recently at the Village of Pennwood personal care home in…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 15, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Tomorrow last day to donate to Social Justice Disco on IndieGogo!

Dearest of friends, it has been a hard year.... and as much as I understand all who say "can't wait till this year is done" I think to myself, "but you don't know how much worse it could become...." I do know, that I am deeply grateful for all the incredible people I have in my life, my fellow artists, my audience, my friends and family.... and I am not willing to see them abused by those who voted for our President-elect. That is why I am focusing on producing music with Liz Berlin,…


Added by Phat Man Dee on December 30, 2016 at 2:25am — No Comments

#HHR Street Music Mixtape @Sippitakeover @boxon12temple


Added by Gansta Marcus on December 12, 2016 at 9:46pm — No Comments

I am thankful for you!

Friends, as we enter into the final month of 2016 I am taking a moment to breathe. I had it tattooed on my hand, many years ago, that word, "BREATHE" so I would always remember as a vocalist to breathe. When you don't breathe, you strain your vocal folds, and you can't sing without breath. Without breath, there is no song and there is no life. So, I am breathing and thinking of you. If you are reading this on my google groups email…


Added by Phat Man Dee on November 24, 2016 at 5:39am — No Comments

#Newmusic #Pressplay @siphop662 @ganstamarcus - Still Hustling

Check This Out! Sip Hop of Mississippi has touched down in Lima, Ohio and joins the team with Gansta Marcus and members. He starts off by releasing his previous music recorded as he gains momentum to…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 8, 2016 at 2:09am — No Comments

So about that fascist running for office...

I will admit to having slight panic attacks when I hear the orange cheeto dusted eugenics spouting, nuclear winter promising mad man speak. I will admit to laying awake, wondering who else he is tweeting angrily at from his bed, the one he shares with his immigrant wife, at that totally random sleepless moment in the middle of any given random evening. I also will own the fact that for the life of me, I cannot understand how so many people can have so much hate and intolerance for refugees,…


Added by Phat Man Dee on November 7, 2016 at 8:24pm — No Comments

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