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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

Jazz @ Andy's Tonight! Followed by Fiesta Wednesday!

What are you doing tonight??? I would love to see you out and about downtown at the beautiful Fairmount Hotel in their Andy's Wine Bar! Joining me are Miguel Sague III and Carlos Peña of Guaracha and on bass Mr Tony DePaolis! Showtime is 8-10 pm, no cover, great cocktails and a delightful little menu. This is one of Pittsburgh's newer homes for jazz downtown and I am really excited to play there.
Afterwards I am rushing over to the Shadow Lounge to complete my evening with Guaracha Latin Dance Band and their every Wednesday Pittsburgh tradition of Food Bank Fiesta! $5 to get in with a can for the food bank or $7 without. 21 and over.

Hanging out with me tonight is Rose Harden and Mark Perez of Lifesize Mousetrap, if you want to come tell them how awesome they are and how much you want them back, tonight is the night, for tomorrow they drive their bus away...... The beautiful mice are leaving and they're taking all the cheese.....

To everyone who came out to see the Mousetrap last week, thank you for supporting mine, the Toonseum and the Carnegie Science Center's efforts to bring fun science and weird art to out humble Burgh. To those of you who couldn't make it, let's see if we can bring them back next year!
Video of me singing in their bathtub at last years World Maker Faire in NY

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