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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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Download Phat Man Dee's new holiday EP! "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1"

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Download Phat Man Dee's new holiday EP! "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1"

Time: December 10, 2011 at 6pm to January 6, 2012 at 7pm
Location: The Internet! CD Baby!
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Event Type: new, holiday, ep, by, phat, man, dee, and, friends!
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Dec 18, 2011

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This album features Phat Man Dee with Miguel Sague III, Craig “Izzy” Arlet, Tony DePaolis, Tom Wendt, Hugh Prentiss, Mark Custer, Abby Gross, Simon Jaeger, Tall Paul Leech & Geña Eugenia N Escoriaza. The cover illustration created by Rob Rogers, political satirical cartoonist for the Pittsurgh Post Gazette and president of The Toonseum.

Three years in the making, this album kicks off with the infectious, soon-to-be smash hit “Picksburgh Xmas,” written by Phat Man Dee and Miguel Sague, III, bandleader of Guaracha Latin Dance Band. Here is a sample of the song’s hysterical, Pittsburghese-laden lyrics: “Rudolf’s a yinzer, or maybe yinz ain’t been told / When th’ Stillers er in th’ playoffs, his nose glows Black ‘n Gold” and “Fill up my stahcking with Black ‘n Gold snugglies, but don’t ferget th’ remix a Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow CD!”

On the Puerto Rican Christmas classic “Aguinaldo,” Phat Man Dee deftly trades vocals with Mr. Sague (the song’s arranger) and Geña Eugenia N Escoriaza of Machete and America’s Latin Orchestra. The French are represented with a Middle Eastern and bluegrass fusion take on the 15th century’s “Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabelle.” Phat Man Dee’s soaring, expressive voice envelops the disc’s virtuoso diversity with an inclusive sense of fun.

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