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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



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Last Days Cafe: "What are you working on? What resources do you need?"

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Please join us! FREE event open to all.

Last Days Cafe: "What are you working on? What resources do you need?"

Co-presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the New Hazlett Theater

October 29, 2008

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Artists utilize their skills as a vehicle to contribute to the vitality of their communities, promote social change and create dialogue between sometimes unlikely partners. Despite these important contributions, artists are many times underserved in the support they need.

As part of the Last Days Cafe creative series, artists are invited to tell their own stories about the projects they are working on and discuss what support structures can be put in place to help them achieve their best work. Local funders will be on hand to provide input and feedback.

The New Hazlett Theater and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council present, a free monthly creative resource meet and chat for Pittsburgh's creatives called Last Days Cafe. On one of the last day of every month (except December) from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM the theater's lobby turns into a casual "salon" buzzing with resource information, roundtable discussions, presentations, and performances targeted for Pittsburgh's creative community. Last Days Cafe also provides a forum through which Pittsburgh's creative community can become more familiar with the resources available to them as they create new work, consider forming a new organization, or think about how, when and where to show their work.

Join us to celebrate and support their work! Please RSVP by email

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Comment by Kevin Amos on October 29, 2008 at 8:33pm
James...All the artists ( that mean musicians too gang!!) attend as well as folks involved with the arts in any shape form or fashion. I'll see you there.

Comment by James R. Meny on October 27, 2008 at 3:31am
Is this a musical event or art event? Just wondering.

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