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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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Roger Humphries

Artie and I went out to the new club, Melange, on 6th street downtown to listen to some music. We found out about the gig from Roger Humphries' website. Put your gigs on every website you can, you never know when I am coming out!

I am gonna tell you all drummer plays like Roger. He's the only one I know that can give you goosebumps listening to a drum solo!

It's amazing, and the rest of the band was great, too! We had a good time, and the music lifted my spirit… Continue

Added by Maryellen Hayden on June 20, 2009 at 6:16am — No Comments

Did You Hear What Michelle Obama Said?

Michelle Obama shared her love of jazz- she said Jazz was Democracy in Action. Each musician has freedom, but with responsibility to the group... check out msnbc for the little video I don't know how to post it.

Added by Maryellen Hayden on June 16, 2009 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Obama Inauguration Luncheon

ACORN is holding an Obama Inauguration Luncheon on the 20th of January, starting at 10 AM. We will have a big screen to view the festivities together, and will honor Ms. Lillian Allen, 100 years old, who doorknocked her street before going to vote, to make sure that all her neighbors made it to the polls!
Luncheon colors, Black and Red
Cost- either a $10.00 contribution, or a covered dish.
RSVP 412 441-5441

Added by Maryellen Hayden on January 11, 2009 at 12:43am — No Comments

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