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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AN UPRIGHT CITY: Pittsburgh and the Jazz Bass

Our city's jazz legacy is well-established. Today, being more specific, Richard Frushell honors players of the 'big wood' -- the keepers of the rhythm that Pittsburgh has produced in multitudes

Sunday, December 12, 2010 By Richard Frushell Stacy Innerst/Post-Gazette

Scotty Hood, an exceptional jazz bassist from Green Tree, died in October. His passing led me to think that the second generation of fine Pittsburgh jazz bassists is…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 14, 2010 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

Jimmy's "flicks" for P N J

I'll soon be e-sending you photos I took many years ago in Pitt. on "The Avenue"/outside The Hurricane,w/Lou Donaldson,Peck Morrison,Jimmy Johnson(Cootie Williams band),etc;also,I took photos of Annie Ross & her son,Kenny Clarke(Spearman) Jr.,w/Mr. & Mrs. Charles Spearman,brother & sister-in-law of Kenny"Klook" Clarke.

Added by James E.Wormworth,Sr. on December 13, 2010 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Old Friends

Gary I want to congratulate you on taking over the Miller band I don't know if you remember playing in Christ Methodist church with me my son your dad on piano. Your dad was mybest friend and we talked for hours on the phone and had breakfast together many times. I have also had lunch with your brother Bill and Nancy si I have kept incontact with your family for the most part. I played in the Miller band for a few months in 1975 until i moved to Virginia for my day job. By the way I have a…


Added by Troy W Campbell on December 12, 2010 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh native new leader of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

with your favorite bands
Brought to you by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., the owner and operator of

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra…

Added by Gary Tole on December 11, 2010 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

Help out those less fortunate than yourselves

Time: December 18, 2010 from 3pm to 6:30pm

Location: Thunderbird Cafe / Lounge

Organized By: Kevin Amos

Event Description:

Start your Saturday off with a Jazz session at the Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge from 3-6:30PM. Now a weekly event, it's the perfect way to get your musical groove on. Our next session is today, December 11 and on December 18th. Cover is $4 fothe general public, $3 for all Jazz Network members and $1 for musicians sitting in

Hi everyone. Next…


Added by Kevin Amos on December 11, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

2 Shows Tomorrow, New Holiday EP released, & Pgh City Paper says I'm Number 2!

Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, especially now, because I have a NEW trio of songs I hope you will purchase for your Holiday enjoyment! You can buy the downloads right now for only $5.

The new ep is called "Phat Man Dee and friends, Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol. 1" and is available RIGHT NOW online!!;'>…

Added by Phat Man Dee on December 10, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments


I know many of you have met Mr. Moody over the years. I did on many occasions when he would come for the Pitt Jazz Seminar. I enjoyed talking to him and loved to hear his stories. We will miss this giant of a man.


For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody's Mood for Love an…


Added by Kevin Amos on December 10, 2010 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2010 year

Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo 2011,acompañado por salud y éxitos

Joyeux Noël et une merveilleuse année 2011 pleine de santé et de succès.…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on December 5, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments


About an hour ago I opened up this week's issue of the Soul Patrol Times. Hopefully many of you subscribe to it. Around that same time I also went to get my mail out of the mailbox. I had made contact with Sonny Fortune last week and he had sent me his CD so I can play it on the air.

When I came back upstairs I noticed that Bob had did something that he usually does not do without good reason...he posted a YouTube video of young Black musicians. Not…


Added by Kevin Amos on December 2, 2010 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Lil Reese - Swag on 100 feat.. Sip Hop

Hope all enjoy Lil… Continue

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 30, 2010 at 6:55am — No Comments

The saga continues

I will be brief. Again, I am unpleasantly surprised by some attitudes of some musicians locally. In 40 years of playing, I NEVER was refused when I asked to sit in...this was when I asked Jack McDuff, and BB King among others and they had no problems!

In 3 weeks, I was refused here twice. I am not upset, i think it's kind of funny and it confirms my feelings that the scene here has changed.…


Added by Anne Annie Friedland on November 26, 2010 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Singing this Sat night for Vaudeville Carnevale at the Rex!

Hey friends!

It's been a while, I've been out west doing some shows, last Saturday I got to sing for both a baby shower which was really beautiful and then that same night I went to my friend Flash's 60th birthday party. When I arrived he was moshing, harder than anyone else there, jumping up and down for an hour solid, stage diving over and over again. Please, if I make it to 60, I pray to all the Gods and Goddesses above and below that I can see it moshing to punk rock polka..... I was… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on November 24, 2010 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

In the latest edition of Reflections in Rhythm, Bay area based music historian and radio announcer Greg Bridges shares his musical conversation with nationally acclaimed violinist Regina Carter. Follow the link below to share in Greg’s…


Added by TDanyel on November 24, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Artist tip of the day

Its changing so fast. Most artist are blind to the fact,
that there are so many various kinds of marketing tools.
That they don't spend the time to learn new obstacales.
The industry has changed yes indeed, but fresh new
music is always discovered, but unsigned artist have
to understand that its also about the performance on stage.
Your lyrics may be the hottest, but if you don't move the crowd
and put…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 22, 2010 at 5:42am — No Comments

I Was Honored

You know how people always say let me smell the roses. Well yesterday was a good day and I got to smell some of the roses. I was presented an honor by Allegheny County Council and Member, William Russell Robinson a "Allegheny County Council Proclamation" for my history with music in Allegheny County. I want to thank you all, Frank B. Greenlee…


Added by Frank B. Greenlee on November 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Has the gangster name changed? (Video Inside)

A new sound for gangster music has arrived to the internet.
With a twist of the 90's music, a little r&b, with the sounds
of 2000's, this gangster has changed the sound of what you
already know of the gangster name. The killing image,
violence, and gangs that you know, now is hustle by any
means, grind till you shine, and for the…

Added by Gansta Marcus on November 16, 2010 at 2:29am — No Comments

T.M.G. e-letter-November

We are pleased to introduce the first edition of our e-letter, which purpose is to keep you up to date with our artists, projects, and musical happenings.

*November is turning out to be a busy month for all of us here at T.M.G.. We are teaming up with New York based Chronic Audio Productions! Chronic Audio has been at the production forefront in NYC for sometime now and now with ever expanding markets, has decided to tap us here in the steel city. T.M.G. and Chronic Audio has tasted… Continue

Added by BrianEdwardsMediaWorks on November 14, 2010 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Name of after hours club across from the Luna Bar????

Can anyone help me to remember the name of the after hours club that was across from the Luna Bar (Centre Ave.?). The place really didn't start to jump until after all the other bars had closed. The door had a small peep window and you had to ask for a fellow named "baz" and if baz recognized you, you gained entry. My time frame is the 1970's

I enjoyed going there because there was always some good jazz entertainment. there were some great female…

Added by David Breyer on November 13, 2010 at 1:38pm — 5 Comments

Europese première op 12 en 13 november in C-mine, Genk-Belgium


Marta Bressi (visuele composities/ARG) & Dirk Schreurs (muziek/B)

Europese première op 12 en 13 november in C-mine, Genk…

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on November 10, 2010 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Preparations underway for Anual Music and Radio Conference!

Working on 3rd Annual "Each One, Teach One" Music and Radio Conference for 2011.
Looking for co-sponsors,speakers and vendors willing to participate.
Contact Kevin Amos…

Added by Kevin Amos on November 9, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments

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