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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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Fridays Open Stage @ Max's Ratskeller

All I can say is...WOW!

Ok, you twisted my arm, I can say this, too: not only was the houseband rockin, but every group, singer, musician that was welcomed on stage created an unparalleled energy that I've yet to experience in the 'Burgh.

This newly organized jam session is the spawn of drummer David Yoho who is not only an incredible musician but a humble musical jam host.

Chizmo (I think is how you spell his name), on lead vocals, included the audience into… Continue

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The Rant and Rave Emporium

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We are happy to announce that André Henriquez is Melodic Revolution Records Artist of the month. Let me tell you it was a tough race as I was tracking the voting every couple of hours. We would like to thank all of the artist and fans that participated in this poll.

The contest is held each month at where we have a polling station set up.

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Two Dudes

One afternoon, two white dudes where sitting at the River.

From the younger of the two you could feel the anger.

Off from that cold marble bench, it poured like a thick green stench .

The older man turned and asked ‘what is weighing on such a young mans chest.” Through resentment and stammers the fury was hatched, thus the youth explaining it the way he knew best.

“Ever-a-thing’s be’in taken over by them COON‘S why ,my sister’s kid married one, and is… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on September 27, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Kevin Amos speaks out on "Black Radio" in Pittsburgh

Folks ...I have am involved in print, broadcast and new media so I think I know a little bit. My radio involvement spans over 30 years. It does't make any difference where I have worked. I know the industry and how things work.

I have never been a favorite of the so-called Black media mainstream in case some of you really want to know or the White media either.

For a few months now people have been asking me what the solution should be in replacing WAMO as a so-called Black… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on September 25, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

ROY "Bones" FITZPATRICK of The Blues Orphans passes

September 24, 2009.

Roy (Bones) Fitzpatrick of the Blues Orphans passed away this morning.

We are very sad to report that today we lost Cousin' Bones; our brother, friend, bandmate, cousin of Andy & Bob Gabig.

Viewing will only be on Friday September 25, 2009 Only. 2-4 & 6-8


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Added by The Blues Orphans on September 25, 2009 at 2:19am — 5 Comments

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..

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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.


Added by Kevin Amos on September 16, 2009 at 2:20am — No Comments

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

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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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