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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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       In Her Own Words

Diva JC's Blog (8)

The State of Jazz Venues

In 2009, I published my book A History of African American Jazz and Bluesthat discusses the reasons why the innovators of jazz and blues – Africans in America make paultry income from their cultural product.

I posted this article on my site – …


Added by Diva JC on March 16, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

To all snowbirds from Diva JC


“Big bad man, where can you be?”

“I’m locked inside. It snowed, you see.

“I’ve no machine to stop the snow,

“So, when it falls, inside I go.”

“Inside? You mean you run away?

“From little flakes, you ran, today?”

“Oh, yes, I’m strong, all winter long

“Until the chill turns into snow.

“Then, with a flash, I dive inside.

“Imagine how it hurts my pride.

“The Stock Exchange can’t see me, now.

“Dow Jones would… Continue

Added by Diva JC on February 7, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

THE STATE OF JAZZ podcast with Diva JC on

Nelson Harrison was my guest on my MUSICWOMAN LIVE! podcast on February 18, about

THE STATE OF JAZZ with other notable jazz aficianado's and musicians. This show is archived at …


Added by Diva JC on February 28, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

MUSICWOMAN LIVE! Radio Show and books by Joan Cartwright

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! -- Diva JC

Historically, women have been left out of his-story. My books emphasize the contribution women have made in the field of jazz and blues. Visit my site and check out JAZZWOMEN in the links. Also, see my books at …


Added by Diva JC on January 7, 2009 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Help get Joan's books in your library

7th book, #6 published in 2008 ------------- 6th book, #5 published in 2008

How you can help

Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright ISBN:… Continue

Added by Diva JC on January 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

Help get Joan's books into the library

How you can help Please call or visit your local library and ask the librarian to order a copy of these THREE books for circulation.

IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY by Joan Cartwright ISBN: 978-1412059183 Paperback: 385 pages Available at: …


Added by Diva JC on December 18, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Diva JC's Books

This year has been very productive. I've just completed my fifth book. See all my books at this link:

My first book and CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is available at this link:

The other four books are available at

I am…


Added by Diva JC on December 15, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments


Join Diva JC, host of MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO on Wednesday at 6-8 p.m. EST, interviewing women who compose and perform their own music and women who produce events. Go to: and register to CHAT.
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Added by Diva JC on August 12, 2008 at 10:20pm — No Comments

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