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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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Jazz Marathon Up-Date

Event Details

Jazz Marathon Up-Date

Time: April 13, 2009 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Location: Holiday Inn Oakland
Street: Tyson St
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA
Website or Map:
Event Type: jazz, marathon
Organized By: B-PEP - Black Political Empowerment Project
Latest Activity: May 8, 2016

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Event Description

Mark the Date: April 13th B-PEP will hold the 4th annual Jazz Marathon at the Holiday Inn Oakland....six (6) hours of Jazz featuring Pittsburgh's top name in Jazz.

The Host Bands................
w/Joe Badaczeuski, Tony Depolis, Roger, Alton Merrell & Lou Srellute


w/ Kenny Blake, Luther DeJarunett, Tim Jenkins, Tim, Vince Taglieri & Virgil Walters

Host Emcee
tony Mowod, WDUQ Radio founder, Pittsburgh Jazz Society

With a number of Guest Emcees including:
Danielle Nottingham, WPXI-TV
Bob Studebaker, WDUQ Radio
Lynne Hayes Freeland, KDKA-TV
and Others

Check out some of the Guest Artists:
Howie Alexander, pianist
Harold Betters, trumpeter
Etta Cox, vocalist
Dr. Nelson Harrison, trombonist
Marva Josie, vocalist
Gene Ludwig, pianist
Jeff Montgomery, drummer
Spider Rondinelli, drummer/vocalist

To name only a few. Be sure to come back to this site for ticket info

For further info :
PghRich : B-PEP:

B-PEP = Black Political Empowerment Project

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Comment by Devorah Segall on April 14, 2009 at 1:49am
wish I could be there- I know it will be great.
Comment by Pgh Rich on April 13, 2009 at 8:47am
If you do not have a ticket they will be available at the door.............See you there

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