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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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Pittsburgh Area High School Choirs to Rumble!

Event Details

Pittsburgh Area High School Choirs to Rumble!

Time: February 6, 2013 to February 22, 2013
Location: Call for more information
Phone: 412-241-6218 OR 412-719-4120
Event Type: choir, competition
Organized By: Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends & N-Motion Entertainment,
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2013

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Event Description

Pittsburgh, PA –Pittsburgh area high schools will battle it out on stage when Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends, in conjunction with N-Motion Entertainment, hosts a Pittsburgh-style music sing off featuring Western Pennsylvania’s premiere high school choirs. 


Choirs are encouraged to send in a videotape or DVD of a 3-5 minute-long musical performance.  Ten choirs will be selected to perform in a live musical battle. The winning choir will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to open up for Howard University’s Afro Blue, one of America’s most renowned acappella jazz ensembles. Afro Blue gained a new legion of fans world-wide when it competed on the hit NBC TV show “The Sing Off.” Take a look at Afro Blue on “The Sing Off” performing American Boy


The Live Afro Blue Concert will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm at the August Wilson Center.  Deadline for video entries is February 22, 2013.


Dr. Herbert V.R.P. Jones, executive director of the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir, will lead a panel of judges to select the ten choir finalists.


Videotapes or DVDs should be sent to:

Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends

10918 Frankstown Road, Suite 701

Pittsburgh, PA 15235


For more information, contact Donald Patterson at, 412-241-6218 or Shawn Hopson at, 412-719-4120 or 412-567-2804.

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