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 on the Steps with Kai Ballard, Calvin Stemley, Keith Flowers and Kenzie!!

We're doing it again at Jaki Young's Jazz on the Steps at Carnegie Library, Homewood, this Wednesday, June 8, 5:30 - 7.  We will perform music of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, David Sanborn.  It's going to be a wonderful day for music.  Come and enjoy.

Added by Kai Ballard on June 6, 2016 at 3:23am — No Comments


I hear that some of you are unhappy with the way some things are done on this site.  Early in my membership, I too had questions and concerns.   I asked Nelson about them and he gladly responded and solved any issues I had here.  In part, because of this site and others like it, I find myself performing quite a bit, as some of you know.  And I ain't no "monster player" but I get the job done and paid a "fair buck".  'Just sayin'.

I use to get inundated with emails on my cell phone. …


Added by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on May 30, 2016 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment


Dr. Bruce Marion's funeral expenses  - Let's thank Dr Bruce by bringing this campaign to fruition.

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 30, 2016 at 5:00am — 4 Comments


James Johnson III's photo.


The Afro-American-Music-Institute is having a TWO week MUSIC summer camp from June 28th through July 12th...9am to 3pm . All you have to pay is a registration fee of only $25 dollars for your child and that's it. If your kids already have summer plans then spread the…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 29, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

That time when I was singing on stage and my mom and sister's house was burning.....

Thankfully my entire family was out of town.... no humans were home. While we sadly lost 2 kitties and a pet hamster, my sister, her partner Oliver, my nephews and niece and their housemate were all off at Louie's cabin in Pymatuning. They found out their home was on fire over facebook. I found out when my mother called me while Vinsantos (director of the New Orleans Drag Workshop) was explaining that to…


Added by Phat Man Dee on May 25, 2016 at 4:13pm — No Comments



Marta Graciela Bressi

Announcing the all new SeeMe,

with a new opportunity to exhibit your work.…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on May 20, 2016 at 12:51am — No Comments

Kai Ballard, Eric Johnson and Dan Wasson

Hi, Eric, Dan and I are performing May 14, 7-10 at the Wicked Fox. Come out and here some great jazz and old pop tunes.  

Added by Kai Ballard on May 9, 2016 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨The end of The Road¨ ( 2º)

End of The Road ( Difference Color Burn Inv.Polar Ojo de Pez) (2).…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on May 5, 2016 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Marian McPartland: What’s It Like To Be a Woman in a Man’s Jazz World? It Has Problems - 1957

by Dom Cerulli — 9/1/1957

An Exclusive Online Extra

Marian McPartland threw back her head and laughed. “You have no idea how often I’ve been asked that,” she said. “And, actually, I don’t know how to answer it.”

The questions were: What are your comments on being a woman in a man’s world, the world of jazz? Are…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 5, 2016 at 3:50am — No Comments

Erroll Garner: The Natural

by Harvey Siders — 10/19/1967

An Exclusive Online Extra

Yes, Virginia, there are leprechauns. I know because I’ve been running into one lately in Los Angeles. It seems everywhere I go, he’s there, listening, burying himself in some dark corner, just “quietly finding out what’s happening.” He must be a leprechaun. He’s 5'2"…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 5, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Vault Track List

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) With only 15 days left before the new album is released by Gansta Marcus, the producer…

Added by Gansta Marcus on May 3, 2016 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Gunga Din

Ken Foley found this

 and further described here :

composition by 'Junior Spencer/Tommy Turrentine'. 'Junior Spencer' is J.Spencer Bey…


Added by Dan Wasson on April 26, 2016 at 3:34am — No Comments

Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨A Few Spets away fron The End of The Wait

Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨ The end of The Road¨


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on April 23, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Klezmer Guitar Recording Project

Klezmer Guitar CD

As you may know, I have played Klezmer music as much as  Jazz/Swing in my musical career. I'm happy to tell you I'm working a new album for that music. Please take a look at the following website. 

Klezmer Guitar CD website and video

Pittsburgh City Paper just interviewed and wrote and an article about it here:…


Added by Henry Shapiro on April 20, 2016 at 11:58pm — No Comments


Apr 26, 7:30 PM – Randy Weston African Rhythms Quartet w/ T. K. Blue-sax, Alex Blake-bass, Neil Clarke-percussions, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 11238, 718.230.2100, free-online reservation

Added by JAZZmaNYC on April 19, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

Black Music is Black Music: Call it that!

by Fred Logan

April 18, 2016

Amiri Baraka said somewhere that, among other things, calling jazz (and other black music) "American" music ignores who created it and the

immense debt,…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Kai Ballard's Upcoming Gigs

April 15, 5-7:30, Backstage Bar with Calvin Stemley, Keith Flowers, Kenjie and myself.  This is a great group that Iove playing with performing music of Herbie, Stevie, Steely and others.  

Added by Kai Ballard on April 12, 2016 at 1:54am — No Comments

How Don Cheadle became Miles Davis

Sundance Film Festival

Marlow Stern

Marlow Sterling…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 9, 2016 at 1:53am — 7 Comments

Film screenings! Theater openings! Strange weddings and a Jabberwocky!

Though the skies over Pittsburgh may be attempting to belie the truth, spring is here and for Phat Man Dee that means fabulous events, grand openings, social justice disco and more!

Join us this Friday April 8 when Lawrenceville's hottest concert hall and pizza palace, Spirit, turns 1 year old!…


Added by Phat Man Dee on April 5, 2016 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Who's Making $$$ on you music? Noy you!


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 28, 2016 at 1:34am — No Comments

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