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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Jazz Among Us

I am an unabashed, unashamed young lover of the music we so lovingly call Jazz. I have had a love affair with jazz most of my adult life. Jazz, as we call it is an improvisational musical art form. An art form that

challenges the most talented, creative artisans of the craft to create a

masterpiece on the spot, in front of a well informed, sophisticated and…


Added by Brian Phoenix on June 26, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Please Pray with me


Added by Ladyjd721 on June 23, 2010 at 6:12am — No Comments

Here's the new Acid Jazz Channel.

This is the new Acid Jazz Channel. The old company that used to do this kind of went out of business.

It has almost 3000 video clips from youtube in constant rotation. I make no money from this but I'm open to suggestions. I think its the best music channel ever made, if you like 70 percent acid jazz, 15 percent classic jazz, 10 percent adventuous rock and 5 percent of other.

People usually can watch this channel for several hours. You can also advertise new albums and… Continue

Added by Steelydan4 on June 19, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Happy Solstice with Phat Man Dee and Miguel's Latino Moods

Happy sunny Friday to you, my friends! I hope you get this message just moments before you leave work early to enjoy this beautiful weather in Pittsburgh!

Tonight, about 8 pm, please join me for a beautiful evening of vocal jazz and Caribbean music as I share a stage with my friend Mike Murray on piano and my friends Miguel Sague III and his father Miguel Sague Jr. …


Added by Phat Man Dee on June 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Major voice seriously ill.

Veteran tenor saxophonist and owner of the Velvet Lounge, Fred Anderson is hospitalised in Chicago. Following admittance for a distended stomach, Fred suffered a heart attack whilst in hospital and for for than10 minutes had no discernible pulse. He is now in a medically induced coma. For those of you who have never seen or heard Fred play in person, then you have missed a giant who has taught and nurtured many up and coming jazz musicians from the Chicago area.

Added by Peter Campbell on June 16, 2010 at 12:29pm — No Comments


McDaniel, Thomas T.

69, of Penn Hills, on May 24, 2010. Long time city of Pittsburgh Police Motorcycle Officer, along with 8 other McDaniel family members. He was an accomplished Jazz Musician and played bass with the well-known Walt Harper quintet during its heyday in the late 60s through early…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 14, 2010 at 8:59pm — 2 Comments

an important development

For those who haven't is a link to the PG's story about the foundations choosing not to act on their option to purchase WDUQ.

Many people spoke passionately about the importance they placed on having jazz remain a prominent part of 90.5's programming. This public advocacy was critical to the foundations decision.

This forum provided a place for an important exchange of ideas that helped inform the public dialog… Continue

Added by bob studebaker on June 10, 2010 at 2:59am — 19 Comments

Sharon's first annual City Blues/Jazz Fest 2010

I would just like to thank everyone that has replied to our City fest. We have set up our performers for this event and have notified them. If you were not notified I apologize but we were limited on performers because we wanted to include our local performers also. We would still like to invite anyone interested to attend our event and enjoy the day with us. The date is set for Sept. 11 from 11:00-10:00pm and our headliner act will be Grammy nominated John Primer who will perform at 8:30pm.…


Added by LM on June 1, 2010 at 8:06pm — 1 Comment


TO ALL MY MUSICAL FAMILY AND FRIENDS! I have a new website which features one of my new songs "INDULGENCE" off of my new and upcoming CD called "CARRY ON"! coming this Fall!!! Please go to ! Love you!

Added by Antoinette Manganas on June 1, 2010 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Etta Cox CD

Does anyone know how to mail or phone-order Etta Cox's new CD, My Foolish Heart? I no longer live in Pittsburgh but heard this on the radio and I'd love to have it!!!

Added by Beverly Whiting on May 28, 2010 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Greg has a musical conversation with up and coming artist Kev Choice.

You can share in the conversation by clicking on the…


Added by TDanyel on May 24, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments

Why you should care about Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania will soon embark on a massive project to examine and promote the historical and cultural impact created by Pennsylvanian musicians and the influences from radio and TV in the Commonwealth. Music will include comprehensive looks of all forms and genres including sacred, secular and commercial. Spoken word and video/film talents will also be included and acknowledged before and after the first PA radio broadcast near Pittsburgh at KDKA.

Our first “building” is the World…


Added by Bill Trousdale on May 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Brad Mehldau piano

Part of the Wigmore Hall Jazz Series

Friday 4 June 2010 - 7:30 PM

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is one of the most exciting musicians in his field…


Added by Magdalena Vaida on May 22, 2010 at 9:16am — No Comments

My take on the situation with Dr. Bruce

Hi, this is Boomer, a neighbor and friend of Bruce (he’s been a family friend for over 20 years), and I assist him with recording at some of the gigs.

Bruce has been a fan of jazz for many years. His father was a trumpet player, and Bruce learned to play trumpet too. He went to a college for music studies where he learned to play the piano, and he listened to Tony Mowod on WYDD in the 1960s.

After a career in Chiropractic medicine, Bruce came back to Pittsburgh, worked for… Continue

Added by Boomer The Dog on May 15, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


greetings to all non musicians on the site, I need to speak to you. As some of you know I have been away from pittsburgh for about 7 or 8 years now and even though some of you have never heard of me or heard me play, I am one of many musicians that has helped keep jazz alive in pgh.. After a long time away I am coming back home to a more vibrant music scene than when I left, however the criminal element lives in the Burgh too! What I mean is this, you…

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on May 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

I'm a Pittsburgh jazz fan, archivist, improvising enough to create a harmonic dream come true!

As we move into a new century of growth, excitement and development, especially music wise here in

Pittsburgh, it doesn't surprise me that there may be some confusion

and fear amongst my fellow musicians and friends. I'm not the first

Pittsburgher to suggest that Pittsburgh deserves a Jazz Artist Museum

of our own. That's why I created the internet sites of (Pgh Jazz Artist…


Added by Francis Bruce Marion, DC on May 14, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Benefit for Climate Ground Zero! Pop Up Pittsburgh! Awalim, Zafira and More!

Why should I do one show when I can do 3?
Especially when they are for such good causes!
On Sunday May 16, 2010 we are holding a benefit for…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 10, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Little E's, Backstage Bar and Salsita!

I hope you have one of those devices that lets you reads email and

blog posts as they occur. I do. It's a mixed blessing, because while I

am able to keep up, sometimes keeping up with the digital minutia of

my life becomes far too much for me. I long for the days of rotary

phones and messages which, if returned within a week were considered

returned in a timely fashion, where business didn't occur on a nano

second by nano second basis....

And then I wake up… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on April 30, 2010 at 5:44pm — No Comments

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