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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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

Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨Returning¨


Another Door to return ( Difference Multiply Hard Light Inv.Polar )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on November 4, 2016 at 5:16pm — No Comments

"A Rogue's Gallery of Fabulous Phreaks" at Spirit! Also, we're making a Social Justice Disco Album!

Phriends! It's terrifying out there! I suggest you come on in and get phreaky with some prophessionals! …

Added by Phat Man Dee on October 22, 2016 at 4:07am — No Comments

Digital Series :Sample (2016) ¨Returning¨


Open to retorn ( difference II hard Light Wove Rotating Mirror Balls and Bublles)…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on September 21, 2016 at 5:05am — No Comments

#pressplay #Newmusic @ganstamarcus - Overtime Ft @BackYardBoyz601

Gansta Marcus has been releasing constant stream of music all over the internet. This time he lets the…

Added by Gansta Marcus on September 14, 2016 at 12:01am — No Comments

The Zen of Sonny Rollins

Sidelined by lung disease, our greatest living jazz musician longs for the stage and ponders the nature of existence

Sonny Rollins at home in upstate New York,…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 9, 2016 at 1:02am — 10 Comments

Oh it's a long, long while....

from May to December.... but the daze grow short, when you reach September"

And the sweet lyrics of Maxwell Anderson mean as much today as when Kurt Weill put them to music in 1938. My favorite version will always be Billy Eckstein's.  Here is a link to hear his incredible performance:

For me.... I hope I get some precious daze with you sometime soon.

My shows that I have lined up are…


Added by Phat Man Dee on September 2, 2016 at 7:23pm — No Comments

THE PITTSBURGH SOUND - An essay on jazz as a spoken language


Thoughts by Nelson E. Harrison, Ph.D.


The jazz tradition in Pittsburgh began in the first decade of the 20th century establishing it as one of the earliest caldrons of…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 31, 2016 at 4:30pm — 53 Comments

Steve Coleman - The Acquisition of Language in the Jazz Tradition

After 30 Albums and 3 Recent Prizes, a Jazzman Flirts With the Mainstream


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 29, 2016 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Who is WKCR ?

Who is WKCR but, more importantly, why listen?

The station's Jazz programming concept is unique. At its foundation is an extensive Jazz archive (on premises), which houses a vast collection of Jazz music, Jazz interviews and Jazz music rarities. (Thelonious Monk's FIRST recording BEFORE he ever recorded is housed in the archive!) The WKCR concept also stresses the importance of nurturing a new Jazz audience. Students involved at KCR are mentored by Jazz experts. The students are…


Added by Melissa Jones on August 26, 2016 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Accessing WKCR can be accessed at:
Go to upper right corner and click "Listen Now"

Also note: WKCR is currently airing the Rudy Van Gelder Memorial Broadcast.

Added by Melissa Jones on August 26, 2016 at 11:49am — No Comments


The Lester Young and Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration

Aug. 27, 28,&29 will present continuous, commercial-free radio, celebrating the birth anniversaries of Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Beginning August 27th, the genius of Pres and Bird will be displayed through Jazz rarities, interviews, expert commentary and, of course, their glorious music. Phil Schaap, Jazz historian and…


Added by Melissa Jones on August 24, 2016 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments


We are excited to announce the Ballroom is back open for business!!!

Because of all of your help and support we have been able to make all of the required renovations to the historic Ballroom.  It has truly been an amazing turn around, and all of us at James Street…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2016 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Its Pimpin Pimpin

Kat Williams said it best..It's Pimpin Pimpin. Among that, rapper Gansta Marcus revises the comedian…

Added by Gansta Marcus on August 4, 2016 at 12:46am — No Comments

Charles McPherson Interview

Interview with Charles McPherson

Charles McPherson

I’ve had two lessons with Charles McPherson when on tour in San Diego. They have been utterly remarkable. The second one from last fall I taped: Thanks to Charles for allowing this transcription to be published on DTM.

This week Charles is playing at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola Thursday through Sunday. It is a must-see gig for lovers of the…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 29, 2016 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

Looking for solo participants for the Close-Up video series

Hi All,

For The Glassblock, I am filming solo performers playing two short pieces (1-5 minutes) for a series called Close-Up. The series places two cameras and a two mics in front of a performer to capture the performance.

Here's an example with Alejandro Pinzon.

The series…


Added by David Bernabo on July 27, 2016 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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