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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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David Murray & Kahil El Zabar

Event Details

David Murray & Kahil El Zabar

Time: June 11, 2018 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: First Unitarian Church
Street: Morewood & Ellsworth, Shadyside
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15213
Website or Map:…
Phone: 412-682-0591
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Jun 10, 2018

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Event Description

Mon June 11 7:30 pm doors $20 adv/$25 door all ages 

return of legendary jazz giants
with guests Trimm & McCune

Tickets at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Dave's Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland), Jerry's Records (Squirrel Hill), and online at
Service charges may apply.

These two modern music masters have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades, recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos within the history and future of iazz.

Selected Tracks with Murray and El’zabar:

The Ebullient Duke -

Meditation for the Celestial Warriors -

One World Family -

JazzTimes Review - is-live- at-the- bop-shop/

Kahil El’zabar recorded more than 60 projects as leader, composer,and arranger, and worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie,Pharoah Sanders,Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannon Ball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Billy Bang, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill and Roy Ayers.

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in jazz history, with over 200 celebrated projects. A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, he's worked with greats like Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Mc Coy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. 

He has won a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance, for his Tribute to John Coltrane, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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