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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Happy Easter


My Friends.

 Happy Easter to and yours...!



Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on April 10, 2017 at 5:26am — No Comments


We are excited to announce the Ballroom is back open for business!!!

Because of all of your help and support we have been able to make all of the required renovations to the historic Ballroom.  It has truly been an amazing turn around, and all of us at James Street…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2016 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Draztik - Thats A Bad Bi**h Remix


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Tony Adamo channels the “Beat” poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron Published at All About 8/19/13/Nicholas F. Mondello

“As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy (”Ticking Clock”), has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and…


Added by Frank Black on September 30, 2013 at 12:10am — No Comments

[MIXTAPE] Yung Travis - Super Street Fighter

Yung Travis - Super Street Fighter [Mixtape]

Hosted By: DJ Ken Mixtapes and DJ Murdman Exclusive

Yung Travis - Super Street Fighter

Yung Travis - Super Street Fighter


Street Certified and Hood Approved Club Banger


Yung Travis - Street Fighter (Mixtape)-01-So Many Names / 2.Yung Travis - Street Fighter (Mixtape)-02-I Got Niggaz / 3.Yung Travis - Street Fighter (Mixtape)-03-Turn Up /…


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¨Freedom and Hope Digital Series( 2013): Samples¨

Freedom and Hope( Hard Light-Difference Ojo de Pez)




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¨Freedom and Hope Digital Series( 2013): Samples¨

Freedom and Hope( Hard Light-Difference Ojo de Pez)…


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¨Calm and Wait¨ Digital Series ( 2012) samples

A Few Steps away fro The End of Wait ( Difference II Color Burn Licuar Zoom camara )





Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on October 3, 2012 at 1:24am — 1 Comment

¨ Calm and Wait¨ Digital Series ( 2012) samples

Calm and wait ( DifferenceII MultiplyII Pinceladas Destello)…


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¨Hope Digital Series ( 2011): Samples¨

Song and Hope ( Overlay II Multiply Zoom II S.Nova )

Song and… Continue

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Help out those less fortunate than yourselves

Time: December 18, 2010 from 3pm to 6:30pm

Location: Thunderbird Cafe / Lounge

Organized By: Kevin Amos

Event Description:

Start your Saturday off with a Jazz session at the Thunderbird Cafe/Lounge from 3-6:30PM. Now a weekly event, it's the perfect way to get your musical groove on. Our next session is today, December 11 and on December 18th. Cover is $4 fothe general public, $3 for all Jazz Network members and $1 for musicians sitting in

Hi everyone. Next…


Added by Kevin Amos on December 11, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Preparations underway for Anual Music and Radio Conference!

Working on 3rd Annual "Each One, Teach One" Music and Radio Conference for 2011.
Looking for co-sponsors,speakers and vendors willing to participate.
Contact Kevin Amos…

Added by Kevin Amos on November 9, 2010 at 9:11pm — No Comments


Hello to my music and radio family. Sorry for the mass email but iIwanted to put this out there for you to consider. Please get back to me as soon as possible if you would like to participate in some way.

On January 16, 2010 I will be holding my second music and radio conference at Carnegie-Mellon University where my radio program originates from. At this time I inviting all of you to take an active part if you can. I am seeking participants on panels covering Jazz, Blues, R&B,… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on November 20, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments

I believe, therefore, I understand.

Plunked into the pot with my perceptive care, I gave you a home, but you do not fair.

I toss about this and I toss about that, productive for life, making you grow nice and fat.

Not you, disgrace, for you have lost your place. Up! Up you must fill this vase.

I blame you for this natural crime, how have you not grown one single tine.

Why, it is your nature to bloom , to treat me unto your delight. Not you, I ,offered your ugly blight.

Never,… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on October 15, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

A Salute


Old Guard to my pride, are your days growing late?

Silver has replaced that blackened muzzle; this is life’s humorous fate.

A bag O' bones, a shell of the hull. …

I am sure I can remember back O’ so many waning moons ago. I recall the attitude of your warning, alerted fur on hunched shoulder row.

Your color so brilliant, as like the Osage split up the center, Youthfully dense your mane, and menacing as nature… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on October 15, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

A sunday Drive.

I took my family for a ride today, just around the way, nowhere but through those most incredibly placed hills and valleys of Fayette County Pa.. On our rides, we always have sound coming from the Radio. That beat, as we explore the vicissitudes of our ever-lasting meadows of faded yellow. Music is most helpful when a discussion has died away and the beauty of my birthplace pulls everyone’s attention away. I for 40 odd years traversing of curves that go left then right then left again. My lions… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on May 25, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

A mile a minute.

A mile a minute (Monday morning discussion with the son)

Hi, good morning and a howdy good day.

How was your slumber how was the rest.

Green red or blue ~I’m thinking of a number?

Wow look at the squirrel on the fence.

I pick red as my favorite color .

What ? The number, why its 4 of course.

Hay dad, I mean mom, sorry, can I fly if my arms go like this?

I would like over-easy they taste the best.

Boy I’m tired I could go back to… Continue

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

I wish I could visit my grandfather at the best time in his life.

I wish I could visit my grandfather at the best time in his life, there when he took the alpha path. A simply gentle human harboring neither anger nor with wraith, dedicated of a man with two children and a doting wife.

I know these thoughts of grandeur has limits to its weave, thus I would give us twelve hours before he would leave. If I could only cut somehow through space, stand proudly next this men and his grace. A trip to visit the pillar that helped structure me this man,… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on January 25, 2009 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Washington DC Jazz Network. Your source of Jazz in the Nation's Capital and the world.


Welcome to the Washington DC Jazz Network. Your source of Jazz in the Nation's Capital and the world. Journey with us into a world jazz networking. America's Classical Music "Jazz" has touched the minds, hearts and souls of listeners around globe. Our goal is to bring together those jazz enthusiast from all over the hemisphere!. So open your minds, turn up the dial and learn the ABC's about the J ...A ...double Z… Continue

Added by George V Johnson Jr. on January 14, 2009 at 12:44am — No Comments

A roll call -revisited

A few years ago I wrote a letter called “*A Roll Call” Its premise was: A call to action for creative minds to not only record history but to also write our future. As it’s no big secret our Nation, as a whole, has slipped away from culture and fell into consumerism. We lost that balance that holds democratic civilizations afloat. Culture is as important to this world as is oil. Without creative minds we lay stagnate in our past accomplishments but mostly our mistakes. Without different… Continue

Added by CWR (Fan of Culture) on January 10, 2009 at 5:51pm — No Comments

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