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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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

TWUM Talks Today's Lifestyle

"The Wrap-Up Magazine" would like to introduce to you the top 5 "Truth" momnets in life presented by the website. "The Truth" is that this all becomes much…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 3, 2015 at 3:23am — No Comments

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

Archie Shepp, Gary Burton, Pharoah Sanders and Wendy Oxenhorn to be honored

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

DARPA Wants to Make a Jazz-Playing Robot That Can Jam With Humans

by Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience

Jazz-playing computers and robots could soon yield clues about how to help people collaborate with machines, researchers say.

The new project, called MUSICA (short for Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), aims to develop a musical device that can improvise a jazz solo in response to human partners, just as real jazz musicians improvise alongside one another.

MUSICA is part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 25, 2015 at 5:49am — 8 Comments

Thnx to my main tbone man Nelson

     Like the 2015 seminar lineup this yr. See U there!, hopefully. I did not know until too late  the Strayhorn tribute. I really miss not hearing Spaulding play. We Jazz lovers here owe you a great debt, Nelson. Long may the network wave! Anyone who has not donated yet,please become a sustaining donater for at least $5/mo. It is really worth the money. Where else could you get so much jazz,free space to chat,email and contact,keep in touch, you name it!, with our local jazz heroes? Tell…


Added by godfrey e mills on October 24, 2015 at 12:34am — No Comments

Psychedelic haunted maze, World Premiere Video debut!!

Hello friends, 

I hope your fall is progressing in a fashion not unlike the falling leaves, bursts of brilliant of colors, beauty, a crisp clarity and then chaotic falling so that the new growth can appear when waiting is fulfilled come next Spring! Things are changing, if I have learned one thing on this earth, everything changes and it can be good and it can be bad and sometimes you can't tell immediately which is which.... but we are here and we are doing the best we can. We’re all…


Added by Phat Man Dee on October 13, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday Thelonious Monk & Art Blakey

Thelonious Monk, 10/10 and Art Blakey, 10/11 continues its 74 year history of providing listeners with the glories of Jazz music. Saturday, 10/10, the station will celebrate Thelonious Monk, in a continuous, all-day tribute to the man and his music! WKCR began broadcasting JAZZ, 74 years ago, featuring Roy Eldridge on Gene Krupa's rendition of "Swing Is Here". The station's commitment to JAZZ stems from a massive archive…


Added by Melissa Jones on October 7, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

ADAM WADE revisits his alma mater Westinghouse High School for Billy Strayhorn Centennial concert on October 17, 2015


Adam Wade (Born Patrick Henry Wade) grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He achieved renown as an American singer, drummer, television, movie and stage actor and director. He is noted for his stint as the host of the 1975…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

45th Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar & Concert

Jazz Seminar and Concert

A talented group of international jazz musicians will convene at the University of Pittsburgh for the 45th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 3, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments

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


Red Moon  ( Difference Zoom Hard Light Inv.Polar IIMultiply Colorize )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on October 2, 2015 at 4:56pm — No Comments

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn....

is just to love, and be loved, in return...." -  Eden Ahbez’s final phrase in his composition “Nature Boy”, first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1948, is one if the songs I shall sing this Friday October 2, 2015 at my first show back home since my grand adventures across the sea! I saw many things in the world, beautiful people, music, food, art, culture, I saw a world where things…


Added by Phat Man Dee on September 30, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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