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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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Did You Hear What Michelle Obama Said?

Michelle Obama shared her love of jazz- she said Jazz was Democracy in Action. Each musician has freedom, but with responsibility to the group... check out msnbc for the little video I don't know how to post it.

Added by Maryellen Hayden on June 16, 2009 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Sadly we have lost another icon.... Dini Clarke passed away on June 14, in Los Angeles of heart failure

You'll be missed dear friend...

DiniClarke click on the link to read about Dini's life and accomplishments... Thank you...
Look to your heart and find what you seek.

Added by Jody Jaress on June 16, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Are Jazz Musicians Willing to Leave This Earth Empty?

The Survival of Jazz, an interesting topic of sorts. I am located on the West Coast and I have quite frankly been doing a lot of soul searching in regards to this very topic. With the demise of radio stations that play jazz, whether it's Traditional or Contemporary, the economic boom, and all the other reasons to make one take note to the demise of Jazz. How is Jazz surviving? If one were to look at the recent closures of Jazz Festivals across the country, you would think that jazz fans would… Continue

Added by Living Legends JaZzabrations on June 14, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Free download of my new summer mix ...

Hey Pittsburgh Jazz Network. I uploaded a new mix last week. It's summer-themed and it's called The Kool-Aid Mix Vol. 1. Here goes more info:

For the most part this mix is kind of mellow/mid-tempo … definitely appropriate for the early hours of the cook out, or for when you’re chilling out and trying to enjoy the summer months. I had a lot of left over tracks and there’s lots of other tracks that I started coming up on once the mix was completed (some more obvious than others), so… Continue

Added by J. Malls on June 13, 2009 at 8:12pm — No Comments

URGENT-seeking 1980s hiphop artists

I am producing a video for the August Wilson Center and need to find the following folks to get their permission to use WQED's Black Horizons' performances....I would REALLY appreciate any info on any of them. Please email maiaharris@earthlink if you have any thoughts about anyone who knows how to get them now:

Tuffy Tuff

Kingsley Robonic Ticktockers

Bridge the Gap

some unidentified rappers, DJs, and breakdancers --i have posted a video of everyone. If you can watch the… Continue

Added by Maia Harris on June 13, 2009 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

$1.1 million stabilization of New Granada under way

By C. Denise Johnson | Published Yesterday | Metro | Unrated

C. Denise Johnson

Courier Staff Writer

$1.1 mil stabilization of New Granada under way

The highly-anticipated Pittsburgh marathon can’t hold a candle to the long distance quest to save the New Granada Theater.

Marimba Milliones, now executive director of the Hill District Community Development Corp., is heading the effort to resuscitate the New Granada. She believes “the New Granada… Continue

Added by Bettoman on June 12, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones

I'll be sure to post any and all Pittsburgh Jazz Network tones here--these are Dr. Nelson Harrison's Trombetto Tones. Check them out on my WordPress blog, Locally Toned. Thanks, Nelson, for your contribution to my public art/original ringtone creation… Continue

Added by T. Foley on June 12, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

AAMI Boys Choir Ringtones

Please check out the Afro-American Music Institute's Boys Choir Ringtones here. They are part of a public art/original ringtone creation project I'm doing. Many of the tones are "captured" as field recordings (as these were). The tones were produced and will be distributed for free. You can read more about my project in… Continue

Added by T. Foley on June 12, 2009 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Fundraiser Planned for Chef Alfredo

Many of the folks here on the network know Chef Alfredo. He is a wonderful person and a close family friend.For the past few years he has called "Bistro To Go" his headquarters while contuning to do private catering, special events and setting up his stand on occasion at CITIPARKS Farmers Markets. You may or may not know that for a time Alfredo tried to run his business, Buckingham's Catering and Restaurant in the former Zebra Room location on Dallas Avenue in Homewood after relocating from… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on June 11, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Radio Stations

This was passed on to us from Patty Wilson of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.....

musicFIRST Asks FCC to Investigate Radio Stations For Threatening Performers, Refusing to Run Ads and Misleading the Public Actions Violate Radio's Obligation to Serve the Public Interest, Calling Broadcast Licenses Into Question

Washington, DC - The musicFIRST Coalition (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) today , June 10, filed a formal request that the Federal Communications Commission… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on June 11, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments


We are approaching 1300 members and at our present rate of growth we will reach 2000 members by year end. We thank each of you for joining and giving this network a chance to demonstrate the collective and individual power of social networking for the benefit of the artistic community and its fans and consumers.

Many of you have not ventured to explore the capabilities at your fingertips for various reasons and we… Continue

Added by Bettoman on June 10, 2009 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Kurt Elling to Release New Live Album

Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman on June 23rd, Kurt Elling's eighth album and second release for Concord Jazz.

The live collection was recorded in January 2009 at the Allen Room in the Lincoln Center, New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The new 12-track release features an all-star cast of… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:40am — No Comments



ABRONS ART CENTER @ The Henry St. Settlement

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002(212) 598-0400


172 Norfolk St (Btw E. Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 - (212) 529-7194

Arts for Art, Inc. is pleased to… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

MADE IN THE UK’ British Jazz Concert Series in the USA

Rochester, NY and New York City will play host to America’s largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2009. Arts Council England and Wales Arts International have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (XRIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’.

Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine XRIJF concerts from 12 –… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:24am — No Comments

A Tribute to Domenic Troiano

Anyone who was into guitar from the late '60s through the late '70s had Domenic Troiano very firmly on their radar. This man was a major force on the scene throughout his illustrious career and was one of the principal originators of "the Toronto sound". For many of us just starting to play during this time period, Domenic and his customized Telecaster were highly influential and literally held in awe! Donnie played with an intensity and emotion… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on June 10, 2009 at 5:20am — No Comments


The Queen Of The Blues Has Died

Grammy Award-winning blues legend Koko Taylor, 80, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed.

On May 7, 2009,the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the "Queen of the Blues," won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on June 4, 2009 at 2:50am — No Comments


If someone can get in touch with Sandy Staley and or George or Eric from Salsamba would you Please ask them to contact me or Harold at ASAP the Jazz Workshop,Inc would like to book them. Thanks.
Peace & Blessings

Added by Felicia on June 1, 2009 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Another Musique Noire Baby!

CONGRATULATIONS to our viola/violinist LEAH LUCAS! She and her fiancee, John Celebi (fabulous jazz drummer and pianist), welcome a new baby boy!

Added by Musique Noire on May 28, 2009 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Raining Thoughts

I believe that few things could ever excite me more then not being the same as the last.

If our moods and excitements were not in our creations, if our Being is not shining from the tapestry that holds our tender thoughts, it is not worthy of the titles bestowed on it. If our work is minus but only 1-10th % of our ability, this work of ours must be thrown to the floor, and disgraced with our utmost ability.

Well, our spring has finally set in. As you know, we got our first… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on May 27, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

A sunday Drive.

I took my family for a ride today, just around the way, nowhere but through those most incredibly placed hills and valleys of Fayette County Pa.. On our rides, we always have sound coming from the Radio. That beat, as we explore the vicissitudes of our ever-lasting meadows of faded yellow. Music is most helpful when a discussion has died away and the beauty of my birthplace pulls everyone’s attention away. I for 40 odd years traversing of curves that go left then right then left again. My lions… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on May 25, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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