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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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Keep Your Cool

Hi Folks,

The music business can definitely be a bitter place.

It can be so bitter that even a family member can steal, lie, and cheat you out of a gig.

Why is it that we have to cut people up and belittle them?

Why is it that when you finally get a gig folks want to cut into your program or cut you out?

Be happy and be proud when somebody gets a gig.

When you see a friend or somebody you might know who posts that he or she is… Continue

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Reggae Music came out in the end of the years 60's. It a result of different existing musics : ska, rocksteady. But the roots are to be found in carebbean traditionel musics like "Mento" and calypso.

We must also consider rythm 'blues (Soul Music) of Afro Americans as a main influence of Reggae..

Of course african music is an important part of it,… Continue

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I received a response to an email i sent to someone that I regarded as a friend. i received an answer, but this person was very rude and condescending to me and i was quite upset. i know we all do things like that when there are other things happen in in our lives that may put us in a bad mood . I have been guilty of taking it out on someone. But I try not to do this. We are all in this for a common cause and iif someone wanted my help, I would help!! Geez, it's hard try to make a living as a… Continue

Added by Anne Annie Friedland on September 16, 2009 at 5:05am — 5 Comments

Jazz Fan Appreciation Event Cancelled for September 19

Hi folks! In the past few hours I found that April's On the Avenue will not be open this Saturday due to a situation beyond my control.

The next location for the Jazz Fan Appreciation Event and Meetup will be determined at a later date.

I will keep you all posted.


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For the Greater Good

Not that I am a die-hard Oprah fan, but I did see a show where they talked about doing things for people less fortunate and that it lowered people's blood pressure and was good karma. So, in lieu of complaining which didn't do anything but give =me a b ad rep for...complaining....I decided to use my talents for the good of others, as well as my usual gigs and recording. I am going on the "Senior Citizen, Mentally Challenged Circuit. I will be performing every other Wednesday at a school for… Continue

Added by Anne Annie Friedland on September 12, 2009 at 4:36am — 1 Comment

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Allen Blairmy- drummer -Germany

Just heared from allen Blairmy not feeling too well keep him in your prayers

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Hi Jeff Lashway

Hey Jeff,

This is your old high school buddy Raffie Sessa. I was at the "74" reunion last night and we were talking about you and Vince Colaiuta. I'm so glad that you guys have done so well at what you love to do.

I haven't played the trumpet much over the years, but have always loved the music, all of it; especially jazz.

I'd love to hear from you; hope all's well.


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Faith: Is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen(Heb.11:1),

A desire to serve Whole-heartedly, and believing I'm called to serve. I will walk by faith and not by sight.

I'm stepping up as an inspiring Evangelist. I'm training under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, with the teaching and guidance of Min. Dr. LaDonna Blaylock, of Maple Hts., Ohio.

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Added by Ms. Felecia on August 25, 2009 at 1:32am — No Comments

What’s happening at the revolution?

For starters we are happy to announce and welcome our many new members both musicians and fans.

A new group “Les Paul Lives Through Music” A tribute to the father of rock n roll and modern music. This is a very good tribute page with history and videos about Les Paul. Many fans are leaving there comments and thoughts about the legend here.

A new blog dubbed “A day late & a dollar short nothing new here” Its about the music labels banding together to launch CDX a new… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on August 14, 2009 at 3:54pm — No Comments


August 11, 2009


Benjy Myaz has, consistently, been on the charts of TheBeat.FM ( Internet Radio for the past year. He now occupies numbers one through five on their “Top 20 Singles Chart”; and is holding down the number three spot on the “Top 10 Artists” list. Based in San Diego, California, USA, TheBeat.FM boasts a listenership of approximately seven million persons, worldwide.

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Added by Benjy Myaz on August 12, 2009 at 10:10pm — No Comments




Basil Walters

Friday, June 19, 2009

For singer, musician, producer Benjy Myaz, it has all come full circle, and that is the revival of jam-sessions where musicians perform in small, informal spaces. It was in this setting, he along with friends, gave a celebratory performance at Christopher's Jazz Cafe located inside the Quad in New Kingston, last… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on August 12, 2009 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Recently Laid Off

I'm sure it is not much different in Pittsburgh, but I, like many others, have been recently laid off. Now I don't mean to be political, but think about what you would do if you lost your Medical insurance today at the whim of your employer. This is why we should all pay attention to the debate in Washington. Oh well, now that I have some free time I will be making a longer visit to Pittsburgh this fall to spend time with family and hit a few clubs. It… Continue

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River Raisin Jazz Festival

Went to Monroe,Michigan last weekend for the River Raisin Jazz Festival to see The Rippingtons. Great show and a great festival. Keep this in mind for next year as it is only a 4 hr drive just north of Toledo.

Added by Carl Massart on August 12, 2009 at 3:53am — No Comments

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