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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Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 19, 2010 at 11:14pm — 4 Comments

Women Who Rock, Friday Night Fusion, Bikes for India & More!

(Sing to the tune of "What do you do with a drunken sailor?")

"What do you do when you're Phat Man Dee?" (repeat 3 x)

"Earleye in the morning?"

To which one would respond (if you liked old sea shanties with modern


"Tell her she has 4 gigs this week!" (repeat 3 x)

"Make sure she buys more glitter!"

And buy more glitter I shall, and more bindis and more fishnets, and more bow rosin for my cello and if I have any money left over at all, I need… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on October 19, 2010 at 1:45am — No Comments


This month is exactly two years ago

that I met Gary "Brotherman" Branchaud. Not only one of the most

talented bass players on the planet but also one of the coolest cats on

earth! I have had the honor and the blessing of doing many many shows

with Gary and more importantly, we have had some wonderful times

together as friends. One of the best and many gifts that The Lord so

graciously bestowed upon me when I moved to Nashville is…

Added by Mandy Mason on October 18, 2010 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

Jazz Concert 3rd Street Art Gallery Carnegie

In Concert:

Jerry Lucarelli- Piano

Louis Lucarelli- Vibes

Benny Benack- Tenor Sax/Clarinet

Don Aliquo- Tenor Sax

Sunny Sunseri- Bass

Vince Yaglieri- Drums

Debbie Zugates

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hosea taylor jr. to the five play boys

It was just like yesterday that I heard group of of lean and different guys aproach my 3 storied high rise on 2431 Bedford Ave.Thought we were in trouble and all..As the years pass I was beginning my auto-biograpy and as I keep writting ,I realized that It wasn't mine. It was part of my fathers,Hosea Sr..The 5 playboys were a du wap group that had hit a song the 'pages of my scrapbook'-1958 I binged and u-tubed and there it was,still the melodies in my head.The back groud with a sassy eloquent… Continue

Added by hosea samuel taylor jr, on October 7, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Jazz Survey

Hi folks!

I would appreciate your feedback in our online survey. All responses will remain confidential and secure. Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. Your input will be used to ensure that we continue to meet your needs.

We appreciate your trust and look forward to serving you in the future.

We have contracted with QuestionPro, an independent research firm, to field your confidential survey…


Added by Kevin Amos on October 6, 2010 at 4:12am — No Comments


3rd Street Art Gallery in Carnegie presents

Jerry lucarelli- Piano/ Keyboard

Louis Lucarelli-Vibes

Benny Benack- Tenor sax/ Clarinet

Don Aliquo-Tenor Sax

Sunny Sunseri- Bass

Vince Taglieri- Drums

Debbie Zugates- Vocals

October 10, 2010

2:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Added by Jerry Lucarelli on October 5, 2010 at 4:56am — No Comments

R.I.P. SCOTTY HOOD: 1937 - 2010



Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 5, 2010 at 12:09am — 4 Comments


I stopped by to let you all know that I am back home and available, I still have some dates open for anyone who needs a drummer. shoot me an email.
Brian E. Edwards

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Added by Mandy Mason on September 30, 2010 at 3:54am — No Comments

Hope to see everyone Sat. Night!

Added by Mandy Mason on September 29, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Hope Digital Series (2010): Samples

Mira solamente ( Ligthen- HardLig. )…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on September 26, 2010 at 1:05am — No Comments

The Business of the Blues

Vocalist Jessica Lee mixes entrepreneurship and music to encourage social and artistic progress.

A chance…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 25, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Buddy Collette dies at 89; L.A. jazz saxophone player, bandleader

Collette helped merge the black and white musicians' unions in L.A. and mentored many African American musicians. He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. jazz history.

By Don Heckman, Special

to The Times

September 21 2010

Buddy Collette, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader and educator who played

important roles in Los Angeles jazz as a musician and an…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 22, 2010 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Mandy Mason 2010 Princess to the Clowns!

It is my honor and a

blessing to do anything I can to raise attention and recognition to the

greatness of the Children's Shriners Hospitals. The Shriners Clowns

work tirelessly year round to perfect their show and do such a

wonderful job. It is my humble honor to accept their invitation to be

their Princess for the 2010 Shriners Circus of Nashville.…


Added by Mandy Mason on September 21, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Esperança_Sidnei Piedade

Blessed Hope ... ark on the sea of life, are blooming lily in my being where they want to climb ... yearnings blessed this vision who lives by the degraded land. On the loom the golden dawn of the feelings and hopes to ascend to God and to glory. The sky ... the stars pilgrim praying and watching my destiny. Because life is so healthy that my soul feel good ... in everything give more excitement and glory of living. Hope ... is a sea that brings ideas… Continue

Added by Sidnei Piedade on September 21, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Tão sozinho_Sidnei Piedade

In the silence of the night, I recall that there is still love looking at the calendar ... I miss praying with putting your name in my prayers and so I still wait for you. I love you so much ... but do not want to give up on him, because you are love and magic, if the sun did not want dark to be closer to you. Only with you I met, I will not let someone else can live in your place. In this solitude, there is hope a new awakening illusion ... that might… Continue

Added by Sidnei Piedade on September 21, 2010 at 2:09pm — No Comments

PIANIST CYNTHIA LIVINGSTON funeral arrangements.

I just wanted to let you know that Cynthia Livingston's
arrangements are as follows:
House of Law on Frankstown Ave.
Thursday from 5-9 p.m.
The funeral will be Friday 24th at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church on Paulson Avenue in East Liberty

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on September 21, 2010 at 3:19am — No Comments

Please join us for these up and coming shows!

Please join us for these up and coming shows.

Doc Martin of The Nashtones…


Added by Doc Martin on September 20, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments


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