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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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Tim Stevens Project Live @ Katz Plaza

Event Details

Tim Stevens Project Live @ Katz Plaza

Time: August 4, 2009 from 5pm to 7pm
Location: Katz Plaza
Street: 655 Penn Avenue
City/Town: Downtown Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: 412 325-6766
Event Type: jazz, concert, for, lovers
Organized By: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Latest Activity: Jul 31, 2009

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Community activist and jazz vocalist Tim Stevens is quite excited about his first “Jazz Live” outdoor concert at Katz Plaza, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Tim has assembled an extraordinary musical lineup for this musical occasion. A young man, who trombonist Nelson Harrison calls “a young Herbie Hancock”, will be on keyboards, Alton Merrell. He will be joined by Tim’s longtime musical friend Luther DeJarunett on guitar. Former Trio Grande band member, Virgil Walters, will be the bassist for this concert performance. Roger Humphries, who Tim calls “The Dean” of the Pittsburgh jazz scene will be on drums. Tim’s special guest will be national jazz phenom trumpeter Sean Jones, who will have just returned from concerts in Europe. The concert is free and open to the public and will be hosted by DUQ 90.5 FM’s Bob Studebaker. Katz Plaza is located at 655 Penn Avenue, near the O’Reilly Theater and across from the Benedum. “JazzLIVE” performances can be accessed through,
or by calling 412-325-6766

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