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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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Rocks Landing Wednesday Vocal Night

Event Details

Rocks Landing Wednesday Vocal Night

Time: November 22, 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Location: Rocks Landing { McKees Rocks}
Street: 506 Chartiers ave in the Mckees Rocks
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Phone: 412-857-5809
Event Type: vocal, night
Organized By: Jazz Surgery w/ Tony Campbell
Latest Activity: Nov 19, 2017

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Rocks Landing Wednesday R & B Vocal Night

Teresa Hawthorne - Vocals

Tony Campbell - Sax

Patrick Whitehead - Keyboards

Miles Jackson - Bass

Dennis Garner - Drums

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Comment by Bob Garvin on November 19, 2017 at 5:23pm

I've never had the pleasure of hearing Teresa Hawthorne, but during my years in Pittsburgh, I became casual friends with three female singers that I believed then as now would have performed to acclaim on any stage anywhere in the world. Maybe Sarah, Ella, and Billie merit a class by themselves. Otherwise, don't Sandy Staley, Michele Bensen, and Joyce Breach rank with the top jazz vocalists since the Bessie Smith era? I understand that Joyce Breach, my sister's favorite singer, is proving that in NYC. I was able to have my sister meet and talk with Joyce at a noon outdoor appearance. She was thrilled. Etta Cox, Maureen Budway, and others add to Pgh's rich heritage of fine jazz singers. 

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