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 Mandy Mason on September 20, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Big Night in Pittsburgh!

Sometimes I feel like I am just running through life, from one phabulous and bizarre gig to another. It's inspiring, sometimes terrifying, always slightly frenetic, I have a friend teaching me some tai chi and kung fu now, maybe I will be able to better focus and be a little more disciplined in the future with my artistic goals..... But until then, please expect that I will make sure to let you know about my gigs at least 23 hours prior to their actual happening..... Unless of course you follow… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on September 16, 2010 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Skin Care Secrets of the Princess by Susan Higgins

Added by Mandy Mason on September 14, 2010 at 5:32pm — No Comments

How do you say thank you to someone who has changed your life?

Added by Mandy Mason on September 14, 2010 at 5:15am — No Comments

Detroit International Jazz Festival - 2010

I attended the Detroit International Jazz fest again. It was billed as "the largest free jazz fest in north America". I posted a note on the Host hotel bulletin board requesting to meet any Pgh. attendees. No response. I`ll keep trying as I attend fests around the world. Let the music play! Joe McCormick(Hephzibah,Ga.)

Added by Joe McCormick on September 12, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Nashville does know how to protect it's entertainers!!

Added by Mandy Mason on September 12, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Cool video I think you will enjoy

please add me as your… Continue

Added by Ruthie Appleby on September 11, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hope Digital Series (2010): Samples

Al mañana ( HardLight-CoordenadasPolaresII-Difference )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on September 10, 2010 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2010

Ok folks...why not?

Let's nominate the Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event and

"One To One" w/ Kevin Amos for the Pittsburgh City Paper Best of 2010 catagories.

Best open mic event - Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Under name your own category : (You have to fill this out yourself)

Best Sunday Morning Radio Show. "One To One" w/ Kevin Amos, WRCT-FM

I say let's go for…


Added by Kevin Amos on September 10, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Honoring Our Blues Legends!

Oh what a night! Last night I was

blessed in being a part of the Marion James Nashville Annual Blues

Reunion. As the great Bobby Hebb recently passed away his wonderful

family attended and we made the evening in remembrance of his great

work and contribution not only to the world of blues but also to

American Music. Last night was a time for us to honor in remembrance so

many great musicians, performers and writers…

Added by Mandy Mason on September 7, 2010 at 4:34am — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges


In this…


Added by TDanyel on September 3, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

THE VALUE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING (in case you don't yet believe it)

World Wide Web and the Internet

The World Wide Web is a popular example of a decentralized system exhibiting emergent properties. There is no central organization rationing the number of links, yet the number of links pointing to each page follows a…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 1, 2010 at 12:07am — 1 Comment

Tracks from my first CD are up

Hey Everyone,
I posted some songs from my first CD The Theorical Journey(available on iTUNES). I hope you enjoy the sounds and be on the look out for my new CD as well as my band The Brian Edwards Excursion coming soon!!!

Peace to you all!

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on August 31, 2010 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Congrats Mandy and Doc!

Added by Brotherman on August 30, 2010 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Hope Digital Series (2010): Samples

Hope ( HardLight-Difference-Zoom-Hirghting.)

Salida (Sine- Coordenadas Polares-Destello )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on August 26, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Blogging about my blog --->

Hey PJN Ppl,

I wanted to make everyone aware of this new project that I'm working on, I DIG PGH. It isn't exactly new because I started working on it 6 years ago, but I finally started making the info public last month. Anyhow, I've been collecting and researching local records for a while now, officially for the past 6 years I suppose. I guess I started accumulating them when I was 15. I'm creating a resource to document them now.… Continue

Added by J. Malls on August 23, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Just wanted to share this thought

Added by Doc Martin on August 22, 2010 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Treasure Trove Of Jazz To Be Blocked, Perhaps Forever, Thanks To Copyright

from the lost-culture dept

MTGlass points us to David Post's analysis of "the high cost of copyright," in reference to an article about the inability to make available a treasure trove of classic jazz recordings that the National Jazz Museum just acquired. The…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 20, 2010 at 7:49am — No Comments


JAZZ - COMPLACIENCY VS CONSISTANCY (THE PITTSBURGH JAZZ FAN APPRECIATION EVENT) The following article by Kevin Amos is truly right on time.

In my opinion it provides at least a part of the answer to the question posed recently by the Wall Street Journal: Can Jazz Be Saved?



Added by Kevin Amos on August 19, 2010 at 11:41pm — No Comments

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