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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

Nat'l Jazz Appreciation Month in the Cultural District, April 29, May 1-Sean Jones/Hosea Taylor/Joe Harris

Don’t miss the last jazz set in the Living Legends of Jazz Series for 2008

Sean Jones Trumpet Showcase, 8:00 pm

April 29, 2008

Cabaret at Theater Square

APRIL 29-Sean Jones is considered to be one of the hottest, most innovative jazz musicians today. He started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, became turned on to jazz through Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue”. Jones is also inspired by the technique of Charles Fambrough, Gerald Wilson, Jon Faddis and Wynton Marsalis and Clifford Brown.
Sean is a professor at Duquesne University, has worked with the Chico O'Farrill Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet big band, the Louis Armstrong Legacy Band, Charles Fambrough, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, and performs all over the world at festivals and clubs with his own group. He is also lead trumpeter with Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

APRIL 29-5:00 PM Session- Catch MCG’s Celebration of Pittsburgh Jazz Composers, featuring the music of Strayhorn, Jamal, Mancini and more…Backstage Bar
Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/Education/Community Engagement

APRIL 29-Living Legend of Jazz, saxophonist, Hosea Taylor, will sell signed copies of his book, Dirt Street, on April 29 during the evening at the Sean Jones Trumpet Showcase in the Cabaret Theater.

Hosea Taylor celebrates 65 years as a jazz musician this year. He has played with too many jazz greats to mention, and has won numerous awards for his dedication to jazz music, through performance and education. Dirt Street is an entertaining journey that leads the reader to all of Pittsburgh’s historic jazz clubs and a seat on the bandstand with all the great Pittsburgh jazz musicians, and the legends that stopped through to jam on their way to New York or Chicago.

“I can’t put the book down! I’m lovin’ it!”-Bob Studebaker, DUQ, 90.5 FM

Pick up your book on April 29 at the Cabaret, and get a chance to meet Mr. Hosea Taylor, 8:00 pm.


MAY 1-Joe Harris is a jazz legend in the history of be-bop jazz. Providing the rhythm section for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis in the 1940’s and 50’s, Mr. Harris was a part of a new movement that changed the sound of jazz forever. On May 1, Joe Harris will share his stories and experiences, his archive of pictures and memorabilia with jazz fans and musicians, and demonstrate the technique that made jazz history.

Join Mr. Harris for an evening of conversation and great music on May 1st at 6:00 pm at 709 Penn Avenue Gallery, 709 Penn Avenue, Cultural District. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by jazz trumpeter, Sean Jones and Janis Burley Wilson, VP, Education/Community Engagement

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

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