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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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At 3:44am on December 25, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 1:37am on August 6, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Marva Josie,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage - where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.



P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 10:48pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Marva Josie a gift
At 9:10am on November 03, 2010, Mario Alfano gave Marva Josie a gift
Really very nice and beautiful voice, many, many compliments.
At 12:35am on September 8, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
Thank you and you do the same
At 3:39am on September 5, 2010, Ricco J.L.Martello said…
Hey how have you been??? I have heard many things in the past few weeks and one of was that you were going to open a restraunt in McKeesport is this true??? would love to learn more about this and if I could help out where ever I can or where my experience will allow me too... ;) you have my number its the same as before...
At 2:57pm on April 8, 2010, Alexander Nichols said…
Send me phone number again.
At 6:50pm on December 28, 2009, Buster Maxwell said…
BEAUTIFUL vocal on Prelude to a Kiss. Subtlety and tenderness are rare commodities in today's music world.
At 7:48pm on December 15, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Marva ! Welcome to Kisses Schru.
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At 6:08pm on December 3, 2009, Bill Lowman said…
Thank you for the friend request, not sure if we've met before, but I'm very glad we just did. You have a beautiful voice / talent.
At 5:43am on December 2, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Marva! I know that we haven't talked in a while, but I've thought of you often! I miss you. and I will call you soon. Take care!
At 8:15pm on October 17, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Marva ! Welcome ! Nice to meet you ! Greetings from Schru. Cologne/Germany
At 1:42pm on October 5, 2009, Doug Jackson said…
To Marva;
To a real Classes Lady. Which we need more of.
Sir D.J.deHorn
First Trumpet of Funk.
At 11:22pm on August 31, 2009, Damon Wilson said…
Yes this is cool........:-}
At 3:21am on February 22, 2009, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Marva,

I read your recent blog that you responded to Nelson's blog, and I totally agree with what you had to say.

It's amazing that so many talented young artists just don't appreciate the fact that they can actually be professional musicians.

I meet so many hip musicians that play for free at jam sets and I offer them gigs that pay $50 a piece and they won't do it.

I am always praising God and telling musicians and thanking musicians for identifying me as "A Jazz Musican" and "Artistic Director of Jazz workshop, Inc."

I mean, I'm just always completely stunned that I'm actually a full-time music educator/music performer here in the region of Pittsburgh, PA.

My God, the talent in this town of the Pittsburgh, PA region is stunning.

For example, last night I went to Gullifty's and heard Gene Laus' group and it was fantastic.

The rhythm section was fantastic and I have never met or seen these guys and I've been back in Pittsburgh since the summer of '93.

I mean, wow, we are so loaded with talent in this Pittsburgh, PA region.

Also, you did a fantastic job at The New Hazlett Theater when Doc Nelson did that Sun. Night Jam Set.

Also, don't get discouraged if you get bad vibes from people about your blog.

Anyways, continue to do what you do.

Keep Swinging,
Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop,inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 6:12pm on February 17, 2009, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Thanx for accepting my friend request so fast! I am honored and humbled and look forward to hearing you live.- khsr
At 4:35pm on February 17, 2009, Roy Sonne said…
Hi Marva,
Thanks for your lovely message and thanks especially for a great musical afternoon. What a treat to jam with you! Tom and Suzanne join me in looking forward to more!
With very best wishes,
At 5:48pm on January 27, 2009, Bill Hillgrove said…
Thanks, Marvie. Will do.
At 3:36am on January 19, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Marva, we really should make plans to do some recording, and gigs this year! Let's talk about it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
At 10:06pm on January 16, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Marva! I hope that you are well, and wish you all the best in 2009!

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