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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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Musique Noire's Blog (18)

We Need HELP from our Pittsburgh Brothers and Sisters-- Where to Gig??

Hello Pittsburgh ladies and gents in Jazz!!

We are looking to book and perform in a small (100 to 150 capacity) venue in your fair

city! We are looking for a unique performance space, not necessarily a

club. The following venues have been suggested to us--what do you

think? Thanks for any help you can provide.

Frick Art and Historical Center


Added by Musique Noire on February 13, 2010 at 1:42am — No Comments

Time for a New Beginning

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges"

~Martin Luther King, Jr

It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one for many of us; Musique Noire is no exception. Within the group we've had marriages, welcomed babies, lost loved ones dear to us and worked through financial difficulties.

But one thing has stayed constant. . .the support we've received from… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on December 31, 2009 at 5:03am — No Comments

Another Musique Noire Baby!

CONGRATULATIONS to our viola/violinist LEAH LUCAS! She and her fiancee, John Celebi (fabulous jazz drummer and pianist), welcome a new baby boy!

Added by Musique Noire on May 28, 2009 at 6:20pm — No Comments


We found this on our FaceBook page--it concerns the funding for arts that are in jeopardy in your great state. We're a Detroit/Chicago based band, but we are also going through similar problems in our states. The Detroit Jazz Fest, which in the last two years had 72 acts each in the last two years, are now down to only 33 acts for this years festival.

This is a link to a petition about arts in Pennsylvania:

Added by Musique Noire on May 8, 2009 at 1:54am — No Comments

Coming to Detroit for the Final Four?

Our CD "Good Hair" is available at Spectacles in Downtown Detroit. Be sure to shop this beautiful gem of Detroit for all your fashion and music needs. This store has an *international* reputation--people come from all over the world to get their unique items.

Spectacles is located at 230 E. Grand River.

Added by Musique Noire on April 3, 2009 at 11:12pm — No Comments

"Good Hair" Available in Chicago Stores

To our Chicago Fans (and those traveling to the Windy City),

You can now find our CD "Good Hair" in the following stores:

Dusty Groove America
1120 N. Ashland Ave.

Dr. Wax
5225 South Harper Ave. Ste. D

Jazz Record Mart
27 E. Illinois Street

Added by Musique Noire on April 3, 2009 at 11:11pm — No Comments


Added by Musique Noire on April 2, 2009 at 1:26am — No Comments

BIG NEWS! Musique Noire Nominated for THREE Detroit Music Awards!

Hello all,

We just received word that we've been nominated for the following 2009 Detroit Music Awards:

Outstanding Jazz Recording: "Good Hair"

Outstanding World Artist/Group

And our own JoVia Armstrong has been nominated as:

Outstanding World/Reggae/Ska Instrumentalist

We are very excited that our work is being recognized. If you are a member of the Detroit Music Awards, please consider a vote for Musique Noire!

The… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on March 28, 2009 at 12:09am — No Comments

Musique Noire House Concert Postponed

The June 5 House Concert featuring Musique Noire has been postponed. The homeowner received a work assignment overseas. She is still anxious to have the concert, so stay tuned for a rescheduled date!

Added by Musique Noire on March 23, 2009 at 11:28pm — No Comments

Even More Airplay for Musique Noire!

Musique Noire has been added to the playlist of the college radio station at the University of Detroit Mercy. We are featured on the "Key of Gee Jazz Break" hosted by Gisele "Gee" Carver:

You can listen to the episode that features Leslie DeShazor Adams' tune "Hodgepodge" here:

This broadcast also features a tune ("If… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on March 15, 2009 at 10:59pm — No Comments


All members of Musique Noire are native Detroiters; even though some of us have moved to other cities, there will always be Motown in our musical souls!

Thank you, to all the Motown family, past, present, here, gone, up front and behind the scenes for leaving us with a GRAND musical legacy.

Added by Musique Noire on January 13, 2009 at 1:06am — No Comments

More Radio Play for Musique Noire!

WEMU 89.1, Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor's (Michigan) premiere Public Radio Station, will be adding selected songs from our debut CD to their radio playlist beginning January 7. Thank you to music director Linda Yohn for supporting our vision!

The Fiesta Jazz Radio Show, originating from Australia, included us on their "Best of 2008" radio… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on January 12, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments


To all our dear Pittsburgh Jazz friends,


you so much for an incredible year--a new CD, the wonderful CD Release

Party, and the increasing recognition that we are getting for our

music. We couldn't have done it without your continuing support and

encouragement. We hope to make it to Pittsburgh soon!

We hope you have a wonderful, safe, blessed holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at our events in the New… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on January 1, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

Musique Noire's Music is on Australian Internet Radio!

Musique Noire has been added to the playlist of the Fiesta Jazz show in Australia (an internet station affiliated with Australia's Progressive Broadcast Service). The show's DJ is Saul Zavarce. (

Here's a snapshot of the November 8 show. We're the fifth artist on the list!

Added by Musique Noire on November 12, 2008 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Musique Noire News and Updates

Hello everyone!

Hope all is well in your world.

If you were unable to attend our CD Release party, or would like to re-live the fun, we have some video up on our Reverbnation page (

Also, we are one of the SPOTLIGHTED ARTISTS on the JAZZ NETWORK, an online community of thousands of jazz artists (indie and major label), promoters, venues and fans. Check us out at You'll find our spotlight by scrolling… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on November 10, 2008 at 3:33am — No Comments

Debut Album "Good Hair" Now Available!

In addition to Digstation, our CD is now available at CD Baby ( We appreciate your support!

Added by Musique Noire on October 29, 2008 at 2:57am — No Comments

Pictures from Our CD Release Party!

And what a party it was! Over 100 people came out to support our debut release.

Here are some of the pictures, courtesy of

Added by Musique Noire on October 29, 2008 at 2:55am — No Comments

"Good Hair" Now Available for Download!

Hi everyone!

Our debut CD, "Good Hair" is now available in download form only at Digstation ( For those of you that like your music digital, this is a great place to get your downloads, because 100% of the profits go to the artists--unlike iTunes.

Our CD will be available for purchase shortly through CD Baby and other outlets, for those of you who want a physical CD.

And, of course, it will be available at the CD Release Party on October… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on October 7, 2008 at 6:29pm — No Comments

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