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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 4:10pm on August 19, 2012, martin thomas said…

I was not able to access "mind of glass". 

I did like the children in the back ground playing in the audio of one of the songs on your site.

At 11:01pm on August 18, 2012, martin thomas said…

Marta, thank you for checking out my page.

I also looked at your work. Those are very interesting images; almost like I was dreaming.  Thank you

At 12:44am on February 23, 2012, Living Legends JaZzabrations said…
Hello Marta, Nelson Harrison referred me to you for some graphic design support. please reach out to me at your convenience. My email is My number is 562-762-6441. thanks I look forward to speaking with you.
At 2:29am on August 24, 2010, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
You are a unique and extraordinary talent. I have enjoyed viewing some of your work. Thank you so much for keeping in touch.
At 4:49pm on August 23, 2010, Ken Smelko gave Marta Graciela Bressi a gift
Thank you
At 1:41pm on April 16, 2010, JO TONGO said…

At 11:54pm on April 15, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Thank you for the add! I will check out your work and hopefully we can work with each other in the near future.
At 7:29pm on February 5, 2010, Delicious Fish said…
Amazing Marta!

/Pehr Flühr, songwriter & producer
At 9:17pm on September 28, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your very kind words Marta. I will visit your site and get back in touch soon.

Best Wishes,

At 10:05pm on September 26, 2009, PMT Studio said…

thanks for the update MARTA
At 4:53am on September 19, 2009, Imani Zubeh said…
Hi Marta! Thanks for hooking me up with this site. Already made a couple of promising contacts! You`re GREAT!!!! My respect level for you runs VERY high! take care.....Imani
At 9:59pm on September 1, 2009, JOHN PAPI said…
Your Jazz web site art work is great.. friend, john papi
At 5:49am on December 17, 2008, PMT Studio said…
hope the season treats you right ! merry christmas to you and yours
At 2:47pm on October 31, 2008, JO TONGO said…
Hello Graciela
Thx 4 your friendship
All the best
At 5:11pm on September 18, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Marta,
Thank you for joining. Come check out my rhythm world!
I wish you success …
Peace, Luiz
At 10:41pm on August 29, 2008, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
Thanks for the add much appreciated
At 6:06am on August 14, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Marta,

We are so happy that you have joined us and we look forward to enjoying your art and sharing it with our friends worldwide. Please make many new friends here and comment on anything you see of interest.

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