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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

Wtch out Batman, there's a Mousetrap in town!

It's true, Batman is filming in Pittsburgh, and I am pretty excited about it. In the heart of all the world's growing pains and insanity right now, somehow Hollywood manages to make it all shiny and new..... but as excited as I am for the caped crusader, I am far more thrilled to let you know, if you hadn't already heard.....

The larger than Lifesize Mousetrap is in town!!!!! These old friends of mine from Burning Man and beyond have been working on this artistic physics experiment and wonderment for over 15 years. When I see them at their big shows in California or New York, they let me sing in the Bathtub of the Mousetrap before they drop the bowling ball into the trebouchet..... We are having a gala event to open their week long installation at the Carnegie Science Center this Saturday and I really hope you can attend. It's not a cheap event, but it is soooooo worth it. Trust me. Besides, you can come back all week long the following week to see it during Science Center hours for free, it's by the river, next to the submarine. Joe Wos from The Toonseum helped put this together, so come out to the event and tell him he rawks. Cuz he does. He's not just a pretty face who can draw a mean 'toon, he is a mover of mountains......
Life-Size Mousetrap Big Bash!

Saturday, August 13 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Kick off this SMASHING exhibit with the ‘cheesiest’ party in town. For the first time ever, the nationally renowned Life-Size Mousetrap and its crew will perform in Pittsburgh. See this incredible spectacle, with local performers like Phat Man Dee, Andrew the Impaled, the Reverend David Apocalypse, bellydancers Olivia Kissel, Rose Harden and Lady J, JD Limelight, Jesse Roadkill and music by Guaracha Latin Dance Band in a show that makes physics so rockin’ it would make Isaac Newton drop his apples. Science, music, drinks, juggling, and a two-ton safe falling from a 30 ft. crane…you won’t want to miss this.

Tickets include two evening performances of the Mousetrap, live music, three drinks, and munchies including assorted cheeses and desserts. Add-on a Laser Show or Omnimax movie at the door for only $5!

$40 advance registration/$45 at the door
Ages 21 and over
RSVP by Thursday, August 11

If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.

Facebook page:

Mousetrap website

So please come out. If you don't I really will cry. I have lots of other gigs, it's true, but this is the biggest thing I have helped bring to Pittsburgh since our wedding 9 years ago. Ferreals.

Other gigs I have happening this month:
August 20 at NOLA on the Square with Miguel Sague III & Carlos Peña
August 27 at Kerouac Fest with Tony DePaolis
August 31 at Andy's at the Fairmount with Tony DePaolis, Carlos Peña, & Miguel Sague III

(Please note that only one of the gigs mentioned above has a LARGER THAN LIFESIZE GAME OF MOUSETRAP I MET DURING MY OLD CIRCUS AND BURNING MAN DAYS!!!!)
photo by Michael Michael

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