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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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Saturday Daily News Article about network, events

Posted on April 4, 2009 at 7:29pm 4 Comments


Network keeps Pittsburgh’s music legacy alive

By ERIC SLAGLE Daily News Staff Writer

Now that April is here, the question is what to do for Jazz Appreciation Month.

You could travel to the Smithsonian Institution, (which designated the month-long observance), in Washington, D.C., or any city that comes to mind when thinking of jazz, such as New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, L.A. or New York.

That would be sort of silly,… Continue

Sean Jones in Miami

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 1:50am 0 Comments

I heard some Sean Jones on WDNA – FM in Miami yesterday afternoon. I listen to the station online here in Pittsburgh at What a blast. The afternoon DJ even mentioned that the trumpeter was a professor at Duquesne University.

Now, I can’t say for a fact that WDUQ has never played Sean Jones, but I’ve never heard his music on the station. For that matter, I’ve barely heard any local jazz artists getting any play on DUQ ever. Why is that? Whenever I tune in, they are… Continue

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 10:20pm 0 Comments

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday


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Given the troubled state of Wall street, the banking industry and the personal finances of many individuals these days, the concept behind jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s newly released album “Desire” seems quite timely.

The Grammy-nominated artist compiled songs for the disk that offer varying takes on desire, from the relentless quest of… Continue

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 s…

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.

AARON J. JOHNSON "Songs of Our Fathers" (Bubble Sun Records) 5 starsFans of the hard bop tradition, listen up. Jazz trombonist Aaron J. Johnson's debut CD comes tearing out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred, then burns up the track like a well-kept Buick Dynaflow.

Fast.… Continue

CD Review

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 7:44pm 0 Comments

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.

PIECES OF A DREAM “Soul Intent” (Heads Up International) 2.5 stars — As I listen to the new Pieces of Dream album, I find myself wanting to sing along and I would, if I knew the lyrics; would, that is, if there were lyrics.

None can be heard on this instrumental… Continue

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At 1:56am on March 27, 2009, Marva Josie said…
Hey, We are almost neighbors! Glad to have you aboard and we offer you a sincere welcome. I will be in touch. Thank you. Marva
At 9:40pm on February 26, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your kind words, the information and interest. I'll be in touch soon.

At 11:01pm on February 25, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
This is great...keep it coming!
At 10:04pm on February 6, 2009, Mick Karolac said…
Slaglerock, our new jazz reviewer! Yee haw!!!
At 12:22am on February 5, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Slaglerock,

We are so happy to have you as a member. Please join the group for concert and CD reviews. Many of our members would love to have you review their works. We look forward to your active participation. Thank you for joining.



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