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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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Added by jackie day on March 8, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments



That's precisely what happens when musicians jam during the YINZIDE OUT Showcase Events. Those of you who made it to the first event at the Grove....KUDOS to you; wow. You know who you are.

The synergy at last night's performance proved this needs to happen. With every beat of the drum, strum of the gueeetar, varied vocalists sweet styles, bass booms and dynamics created therein, an energy built until you couldn't help but want more.

Those… Continue

Added by jackie day on November 23, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Under-paid/appreciated musicians!

While I've only been at this promoting business for a short time (compared to most of you musicians out there), one conversation that continues to surface is the $money$ talk. One thing I've definitely picked up on is.....YOU ARE UNDER PAID AND UNDER APPRECIATED BY VENUE OWNERS! Ok, now that i've gotten that off my chest....I'm wondering if we can open a dialogue on this issue. I don't really have answers, but wonder how others feel about this topic and if they have any answers to share with… Continue

Added by jackie day on November 21, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

WAZZUP with term-paper-writing-help blogs???? And "Julia" don't look like no girl.....

Does anybody else get the feeling that our jazz network is being plotted by some international blog writing esapade? If you are unsure, just check out the latest blog by "Julia" who looks strangely more like "Joey." Then read over the last month's blogs and you'll know what I mean.

Hey, if people want to try and make some money writing, why not offer jazz Bio's, which I can certainly help with, as I've been a professional freelance writer for over a decade in Pittsburgh; currently, I… Continue

Added by jackie day on October 14, 2009 at 2:55am — No Comments

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

Added by jackie day on October 3, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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