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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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

Happy Easter !

May you and yours have a…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 22, 2016 at 3:16am — No Comments

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

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