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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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The Brian Edwards Excursion's Blog (28)

Thank you!!!!!!!!

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Cafe' Notte this saturday, the place was PACKED! I also want to thank Howie Alexander, Judy Fiegel, and Terrance Vaughn for jamming with the band, you guys brought it. If you missed missed it!!! We will however be at Little E's wed. 3-16 from 8-11. Stop By amd check out the show.


Thank you again Pittsburgh!



Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 7, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Trio Saturday



The Brian Edwards Trio will be appearing Saturday March 5 at Cafe' Notte 8-11!


Brian E. Edwards-drums/vocals

Joe Munroe-keys/vocals…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 2, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion is coming..........

Greetings everyone,       

I wanted to post an early blog announcing that I put together a project called The Brian Edwards Excursion! We will be collaborating with Cafe' Notte on a series of gigs and the first of which will be April 2nd. Cafe' Notte is one of the best places to experience music in the city and we are excited that Jerry and Debbie Santucci are allowing us to launch our project from there!! More info to come as show date approaches.




Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on February 15, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Teena Marie passes away

I wanted to announce the death of Teena Marie, she was found dead by her daughter on Sunday the 27th. I met Teena when I was on tour in Europe a few years back and I have to say she was truly a cool person.  The time I spent with her was like hanging out with an older sister, she was quick witted, soft spoken, and full of musical knowledge. The genius she possessed paralleled that of Prince and she was truly a force to be reckoned with.  May her soul be blessed!

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on December 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments


I stopped by to let you all know that I am back home and available, I still have some dates open for anyone who needs a drummer. shoot me an email.
Brian E. Edwards

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on October 1, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Tracks from my first CD are up

Hey Everyone,
I posted some songs from my first CD The Theorical Journey(available on iTUNES). I hope you enjoy the sounds and be on the look out for my new CD as well as my band The Brian Edwards Excursion coming soon!!!

Peace to you all!

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on August 31, 2010 at 6:45pm — No Comments


greetings to all non musicians on the site, I need to speak to you. As some of you know I have been away from pittsburgh for about 7 or 8 years now and even though some of you have never heard of me or heard me play, I am one of many musicians that has helped keep jazz alive in pgh.. After a long time away I am coming back home to a more vibrant music scene than when I left, however the criminal element lives in the Burgh too! What I mean is this, you…

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on May 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Greetings old friends

I just wanted to post a blog and let everyone know I will be back in the Burgh in 29 days and I am looking forward to making music in the steel city again. I have been away from home for roughly seven years and after some moving around , landed in Baltimore. The point must be made that in my traveles throughout the eastern seaboard, I have to say that most of the musicians I met have nothing on musicians from the Burgh. I miss playing with my friends there and will tell anyone Pittsburgh has… Continue

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on April 29, 2010 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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