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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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6th Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2012

6th Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2012

For BANDS and VOCALISTS of all nationalities

Date: 12-19 May 2012

Place: Bucharest, Romania


100% jazz & more...competition, jam sessions, workshops...

Bucharest International Jazz Competition, organized by jmEvents, is a…


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Brad Mehldau piano

Part of the Wigmore Hall Jazz Series

Friday 4 June 2010 - 7:30 PM

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is one of the most exciting musicians in his field today. A regular…


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Kurt Elling to Release New Live Album

Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman on June 23rd, Kurt Elling's eighth album and second release for Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 at the Allen Room in the Lincoln Center, New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The new 12-track release features an all-star cast of musicians including… Continue

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COMING JUNE 9TH THROUGH 14TH TO MANHATTAN’S ABRONS ART CENTER @ The Henry St. Settlement 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002(212) 598-0400 June 15 at The ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION 172 Norfolk St (Btw E. Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 - (212) 529-7194

Arts for Art, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the 14th annual… Continue

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MADE IN THE UK’ British Jazz Concert Series in the USA

Rochester, NY and New York City will play host to America’s largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2009. Arts Council England and Wales Arts International have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (XRIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’. Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine XRIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The… Continue

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A Tribute to Domenic Troiano

Anyone who was into guitar from the late '60s through the late '70s had Domenic Troiano very firmly on their radar. This man was a major force on the scene throughout his illustrious career and was one of the principal originators of "the Toronto sound". For many of us just starting to play during this time period, Domenic and his customized Telecaster were highly influential and literally held in awe! Donnie played with an intensity and emotion that… Continue

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Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Festival Hosts Country's Top Young Jazz Musicians April 3 – 5, 2009 In Downtown Monterey 57 Big Bands, Combos, And Vocal Ensembles From 6 States Compete For Spot On MJF Stages 47 Bands From 14 Counties In California Are Finalists Special Appearances By Student Groups From Japan and England Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Members Saxophonist Sherman Irby And Trumpeter Sean Jones Are Artists-In-Residence During… Continue

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Miles Davis 1987 Gig Released on DVD

Miles Davis’ 1987 concert in Munich is being released on DVD as That’s What Happened: Live In Germany (Eagle Rock Entertainment) on April 28. The 90-minutes of concert footage features staples from Davis’ late ’80s concert repertoire, including his takes on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Other tracks include the “One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened” medley, “New Blues,” “Tutu” and “Portia.”… Continue

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Jazz and Poetry

Allana Madyun, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an actress, educator, motivational speaker and interpretive Dancer. But writing and poetry is what truly moves her. Always advancing artistically, Allana is ready and willing to share her poetry and writings with the world. --------------------------------------------------------- Rob Juice, from Chicago, Illinois, started playing the trumpet and writing music in the 7th grade. Juice fell in love with music… Continue

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Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry

It's so hard to chronicle all of the contributions of African American Musicians, Poets and Orators in a two part series, But Bigtrigger and SOJP are going to do their best! This weeks program will bring you more of the best in Jazz and Spoken Word plus a very special surprise artist! This week's show will be part one of our TWO part celebration of moments in black history. You get a chance to hear THE BEST of the pioneers of jazz music performing… Continue

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An Evening of Cole Porter

WASHINGTON, DC • Kennedy Center: Terrace Theater • 13 February 2009 So in Love: An Evening of Cole Porter, with Patricia Barber at 7:30 pm Vocalist Patricia Barber performs music from The Cole Porter Mix--her 2008 Blue Note Records CD that includes "I've Got You Under My Skin," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," and "You're the Top." So in Love: An Evening of Cole Porter, with Ann Hampton Callaway at 9:30 pm Enjoy a sexy, suave, and swinging time with… Continue

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Art Tatum Sculpture

Duke Ellington Coin; Art Tatum Sculpture The District of Columbia just released its new quarter commemorative coin depicting the Washington-born composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington (DCist). Banks will only receive the coins next week, but collectors can order them directly from the US Mint. The pianist Art Tatum will be honored by a sculpture to be unveiled in his hometown Toledo in the fall of 2009 (Art Tatum Memorial Website). In All… Continue

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An evening with CEDAR WALTON

Who: Cedar Walton Trio & Octet featuring Kevin Louis - trumpet Vincent Herring - alto saxophone Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone Gary Smulyan - baritone saxophone Earl McIntyre - bass trombone Gerald Canon – Bass Willie Jones III - Drums What: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music “Jazz at the Conservatory” series When: Saturday, February 21st, 2008 at 8:00 PM Where:Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus), Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn,… Continue

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You can take the Coltrane with the Duke on January 21st at ESM On September 26, 1962, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane went into Rudy Van Gelder's studio with their rhythm sections and recorded a legendary Impulse LP together. It was the only time these two giants of jazz performed together. On January 21st, Eastman Chamber Jazz will be performing this album in total at 8:00 pm in Kilbourn Hall. The Eastman Jazz Quartet reprising this great album will… Continue

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Asia's "Golden Girl of Jazz" OLIVIA

This January 2009... Asia's "Golden Girl of Jazz" OLIVIA Will be performing with world-renowned, 14-time Grammy Nominee Toshiko Akiyoshi including Japan Jazz Legends Kiyoto Fujiwara & Tiger Okoshi with The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at her 5-date "OLIVIA Live! in Tokyo" Tour January 26 - Tokyo Prince Hotel (To perform with world-renowned, 14-time Grammy Nominee Toshiko Akiyoshi) January 27 - Pit Inn Jazz Club, Shunjuku, Tokyo (To perform with… Continue

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Happy New Year!

I Wish to all my friends for This Season and all Seasons Health and Happiness Peace and Prosperity Joy and Jazz

Added by Magdalena Vaida on December 27, 2008 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Transylvania Jazz Festival 2008

15-19 October 2008 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Program: Wednesday 15.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Yaron Herman (Israel) - Anca Parghel Band (România) Thursday 16.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Boys Band Trio (Polonia) - Olivier Gatto Sextet (Franţa, Italia) Friday 17.10.2008 21:00 – Students House - Jacky Terrasson (SUA, Franţa) - Harry Tavitian & Orient Express (România) Saturday 18.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Hungarian Band (Ungaria) -… Continue

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Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live performances every month from the legendary New York jazz club. Upcoming Concerts Tues., Sept. 16: Chris Potter Underground Wed., Oct. 8: Bill Charlap Trio Wed., Oct. 29: Jenny Scheinman Group Wed., Nov. 19: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Wed., Dec. 17: Cedar Walton Quartet About This Series One of the world's preeminent jazz venues, the Village Vanguard has presented nearly… Continue

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Another year has gone by and I am given, one more time, the privilege to invite, in the name of the organizers, the jazz fans of Brasov and not only, to take part in a new international jazz celebration, here, at the Tampa´s feet. KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING ON! What we started, last year, would continue with a new edition, at least as attractive as the previous one and definitely, a bigger one! This year too, the organizers of the event, Brasov… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

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