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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words


Unless otherwise noted, Lunchtime shows are at 12 pm. Happy Hour shows are at 5:30 pm. Opening Acts go on at 6:30 with Headliners at 7:30. Late Night concerts begin after Main Stage performances are over, usually around 9:30 pm. Lunchtime, opening acts and headliners all take place on the Main Stage at Stanwix Triangle. Happy Hour and Late Night shows are in Market Square. All performances are free and open to the public.

Friday, June 6
Blindsider Main Stage Lunchtime Show (12 pm)
Paul Luc Market Square Happy Hour (5:30 pm)
Teddy Thompson Main Stage Opening Act (6:30 pm)
Moe. Main Stage Headliner (7:30 pm)
Poogie Bell Band Market Square Late Night (9:30 pm)

Saturday, June 7
Mon Gumbo Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Scott Blasey Main Stage Opening Act
James McMurtry Main Stage Headliner

Sunday, June 8
Kenny Blake Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Raul Midon Main Stage Opening Act
Lizz Wright Main Stage Headliner

Monday, June 9
Melissa Quinn Band Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Lohio Market Square Happy Hour
Cellofourte Main Stage Opening Act
Ben Hardt and his Symphony Main Stage Headliner

Tuesday, June 10
Jason Kendall Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Lovebettie Market Square Happy Hour
Una de Luna Main Stage Opening Act
Tangerine Main Stage Headliner

Wednesday, June 11
Entrain Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Jazzam Market Square Happy Hour
Entrain Main Stage Headliner

Thursday, June 12
Boca Chica Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Life in Bed Market Square Happy Hour
Derek White and the Monophobics Main Stage Opening Act
Rustic Overtones Main Stage Headliner

Friday, June 13
Clark Slater Band Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Rodney McCoy Market Square Happy Hour
Maceo Parker Main Stage Headliner
Omega Love Market Square Late Night Show

Saturday, June 14
Boilermaker Jazz Band Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Gemini Main Stage Opening Act
Phoebe Snow Main Stage Headliner

Sunday, June 15
Mon Gumbo Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Takeover UK Main Stage Opening Act
New York Dolls Main Stage Headliner

Monday, June 16
CLO Ministars Main Stage Lunchtime Show
CK9 and the Old E Allstars Main Stage Happy Hour
Sonji & Black Sun Main Stage Opening Act
Formula412 Main Stage Headliner

Tuesday, June 17
The Lonely Lights Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Flow Band Market Square Happy Hour
Outlaw Nation Main Stage Opening Act
Israel Vibration Main Stage Headliner

Wednesday, June 18
Euphonic Brew Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Bohemian Bottom Orchestra Market Square Happy Hour
Wino Riot Main Stage Opening Act
Lotus Main Stage Headliner

Thursday, June 19
Beagle Brothers Main Stage Lunchtime Show
Jill West and the Blues Attack Market Square Happy Hour
The Holmes Brothers Main Stage Headliner

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