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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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Hello fellow Jazz lovers, I believe it's time that we start to take a serious look at this concept called SmoothAhead. I know some people may think the name is a little corny or not easy to say, but get pass the name and think about what it represents. With the demise of so many Smooth Jazz radio stations across the country and only a few NPR stations at all, wouldn't it be great if we had stations that played both genres. They could rotate (Traditional or Straight-Ahead) with (Contemporary or… Continue

Added by Living Legends JaZzabrations on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Baldwin Concert Grand

The Baldwin Concert Grand Piano at Keystone Oaks High School has been restored to its original
playing condition.
I have been ask to open the program with Roger
Humphries and Dwayne Dolphin;Thursday, May28, 2009 at 7:00pm.

Added by Jerry Lucarelli on May 22, 2009 at 2:57am — No Comments

Death of the Library

Today I was given what could be the most frightening information I could ever get hold of in the respect of our independence as individual Americans. The Pennsylvania state budget proposal ( S.B.) 850 has planned to heavily cut state funding to the Greatest device we have as a Free Nation, our libraries. As this Nation’s recession digs deeper and everyone of us feel the pain, our lawmaking body tries to find ways to slash costs. Those governing the budget have now set their sights on education… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on May 21, 2009 at 5:19am — 6 Comments

Obituary: Randy Purcell / Internationally known jazz trombonist

Died May 16, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Randy Purcell, with his trombone.

From his Brookline home, where the music never stopped, trombone player Randy Purcell blew his way onto the international scene with his loud and aggressive musical style, becoming ranked among the top dozen trombonists across the globe.

Mr. Purcell died Saturday night of complications… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 20, 2009 at 3:54pm — 3 Comments

Jazz trombonist Randy Purcell made mark locally, nationally

Buzz up!

By Bob Karlovits, TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Randy Purcell

About the writer

Bob Karlovits can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7852.

Randy Purcell attacked jazz performance and education with the same zest that marked his heyday as a powerhouse trombonist with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.

Mr. Purcell, 62, a mainstay in the… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

RIP Randy

So sad to hear of the passing of Randy Purcell.
We all knew he was sick for a long time, but the news is still tragic.
We lost another legend today.
I guess Maynard was saving a seat in his band up there...

Added by Lou Spagnola on May 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

They have done it again...... Black Radio is Dead in Pittsburgh

Ron Davenport has sold WAMO A.M./F.M. and WPGR, there is now no Black Urban Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. Think about it, there is no broadcast media outlet for black expression, concern or news. We are now back to the future of the 1940's. What is your comment or concerns?

Added by Frank B. Greenlee on May 16, 2009 at 5:58am — No Comments

Way to Go, Nelson!!

Nelson, you are a genius!! What a great site! Congrats.

Added by Patricia Pugh Mitchell on May 12, 2009 at 8:29am — No Comments

Soul Patrol Offer

Are you an indy Soul, Jazz, Funk, Blues, or Rock artist who is suffering during this economic depression? Do you have too few gigs, or too few sales (physical or digital)?

Hell you can't even get people to go to your website to sign up for your mailing list or to download a free song. Are you a Soul, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock artist on Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, etc and your fans still can't find you?

Are you an older artist and your fans can't find you online? Are you an… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on May 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments


We found this on our FaceBook page--it concerns the funding for arts that are in jeopardy in your great state. We're a Detroit/Chicago based band, but we are also going through similar problems in our states. The Detroit Jazz Fest, which in the last two years had 72 acts each in the last two years, are now down to only 33 acts for this years festival.

This is a link to a petition about arts in Pennsylvania:

Added by Musique Noire on May 8, 2009 at 1:54am — No Comments


As we are approaching the 1200 member level, it has come to my attention that our recent practice of e-blasting current live local events has been both favorably and unfavorably received. Since this network is about values (personal, professional and artistic), I will try to address both the positive and negative feedback I have received thus far and invite any and all comments in response so that we can best learn how to serve the… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 1, 2009 at 4:02am — 7 Comments

the Devil himself could never steal.

Did I ever tell you of my experience with an evil apparition, a specter, a demon, a ghost?

A many decades have gone by, yet it is as if it happened the night before last.

A young son I was, no more then ten. Such a strong child I was, fearful of nothing, as long as I was by my mother’s hand.

We lived in the country, on a road all by ourselves.

Vacant of life, void of expression.

Nothing to watch from my crooked porch, but for the Osage posts disappearing into the… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on April 29, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Inspirosity Gallery presents VITA, a solo show of art works by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas

VITA, a comprehensive show and sale of art works in a variety of media by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglaswill be presented by Inspirosity Art Gallery, 594 3rd St., Beaver, PA, with a gala opening reception on May 16, 8 pm. You are cordially invited to make this premiere event the centerpiece of that weekend.

Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 27, 2009 at 11:14pm — No Comments


Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for

2009-2010 PJS / BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 1 for the 2009 Pittsburgh Jazz Society/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. The recipient of the one-year, $5,000 award will be selected by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators on the basis of musical interest and ability as demonstrated by an application and audition tape that includes samplings of various… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 25, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments


I have written and produced a song which honors Mothers Day. It is my hope that all Pittsburgh Jazz Network members will take the time to download this song to your pages, and share it with your children, families and friends. There is no charge; it is my gift to you regarding this important day.



Added by Kennard Williams on April 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Pioneering Booking Agent Ruth Bowen Passes


Entertainment Business Leader Broke Race and Gender BarriersRepresenting Music Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr. andOthers

Press Release For Immediate Release

(New York, NY - April 23, 2009) - Ruth Bowen, founder of The BowenAgency Ltd., passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in New York Cityafter battling a brain tumor. Bowen was the first black female booking agent and… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 24, 2009 at 2:36am — No Comments

William L. "Speigal" Gay passes at age 57

On April 18, 2009, William, age 57, of Pittsburgh. Beloved husband of Judith A. Baronio-Gay; father of Adora C. Gay; grandfather of Doricka D., Tyrone R., Mahogany E., Chanelle M. and Jemel A.; brother of Pastor Gary R. Gay and Gerald Gay; nephew of Nelda Stokes and Florence Nelson; also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church, Sixth St., Braddock, where the funeral service will be… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 23, 2009 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Artists Talk at "Re-Instrumentation" Exhibit, Moxie Dada Gallery

Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas, Thomas Brunger and Shannon Kuhns will discuss their work, sculptures made from discarded parts of musical instruments, on Saturday, April 25 at 4 pm. Would love to see anyone who has the time and inclination to participate in bringing this month-long show to a great close. MoxieDada is located in the Old Fire House at 1416 Arch St., NorthSide Pittsburgh

Added by Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas on April 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Don't worry about the naysayers and those who try to put you down.....Do what you do best

And actually folks that is a blunt as I can make it without naming names. Many musicians and fans ALWAYS come to me to complain about who did what to them, the lack of respect of them , the lack of gigs for them, the absence of people at the gig, why we don't see certain artists come to town, seeing the same old faces playing around, no music in a certain part of town, etc, etc, and double etc.

Aren't you surprised I haven't lost my mind after all these years?

Well...I… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on April 18, 2009 at 6:27pm — No Comments

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