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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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Pay the Band - An Open Letter to Apple from Taylor Swift

To Apple, Love Taylor

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.

I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 23, 2015 at 3:12am — 1 Comment

'Girls In The Band' Gets 1-Week Theatrical Starting This Week (On Women Jazz Instrumentalists)

by Tambay A. Obenson

May 6, 2013 4:14 PM…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on June 9, 2013 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Ernest McCarty recounts his glory days as bass player for Erroll Garner - Post Gazette

August 1, 2012 12:00 am

Erroll Garner, the famous pianist from Homewood, couldn't read music. Luckily for him -- and jazz fans -- Ernest McCarty can.

Mr. McCarty, 71, of Lawrenceville was playing stand-up bass in a New York City supper club when he saw Garner in the audience -- for the third night in a row.

"He called me over to the table and said, 'Can…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 1, 2012 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Pittsburgh Music History Honoring Billy Strayhorn - Composer, Arranger, Lyricist, Pianist

Billy Strayhorn

Composer of Take the A Train and Lush Life - Duke Ellington's Collaborator - Lena Horne's Mentor…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 25, 2012 at 9:12pm — 3 Comments

George "Fess" Hornsby

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 10, 2012 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

Local Musicians Band together to Raise Money for Haitian Earthquake Victims

Event Details

What: Pittsburgh Bands Together

Featuring: Muddy Kreek Blues Band, The Real Deal Band, Freedom, Jimmy Ponder,

Patty Spadaro Band, Johnnie and Mustangs, Man in the Street, and more …

When: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 8:00 pm to 2:00 am

Where: Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall

510 East 10th Avenue | Munhall, Pennsylvania 15120 | Phone: 412-462-3444

Ticket Info: $10 – with a donation of 2 bags of… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 18, 2010 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

William L. "Speigal" Gay passes at age 57

On April 18, 2009, William, age 57, of Pittsburgh. Beloved husband of Judith A. Baronio-Gay; father of Adora C. Gay; grandfather of Doricka D., Tyrone R., Mahogany E., Chanelle M. and Jemel A.; brother of Pastor Gary R. Gay and Gerald Gay; nephew of Nelda Stokes and Florence Nelson; also survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church, Sixth St., Braddock, where the funeral service will be… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 23, 2009 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Help get Joan's books into the library

How you can help

Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these THREE books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright

ISBN: 978-1412059183

Paperback: 385 pages

Available at:… Continue

Added by Diva JC on December 18, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

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