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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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       In Her Own Words
The press releases about the Penn Brewery changing hands upon Tom Pastorius' retirement failed to mention a most important side effect. Member Paul Cosentino leader of the Boilermaker Jazz Band has circulated an email from which I quote:

"After 20 years in the beer business, Tom Pastorious, founder of Penn Brewery, is retiring. The Brewery has been sold to a corporate conglomerate, and as is so often the case, they have decided that presenting local live bands in not in their business plan.

So after Oktoberfest, there will no longer be live music at this wonderful venue on the North Side.

The Boilermaker Jazz Band started playing at the Brewery shortly after it opened in 1988, and performed at their First Anniversary Party in Sept. of 1989, as well as for numerous Mardi Gras nights and other memorable evenings over the last 20 years. It has been a great run, and we are sad to see it end." ---Paul Cosentino

Many of us have either played or enjoyed the live music at the Penn Brewery which has provided much employment for musicians over the past 20 years. We lament this change of policy but we must be cognizant of the trends locally and nationwide that affect the live music marketplace. We can't protest or go on strike but we can make our voices and opinions know through this and other similar networks. It only takes one cigarette to start a forest fire and it only takes one statement to start a buzz on the grapevine that live music is most important and not to be ignored or taken for granted.

We wish Tom & Maryann Pastorius the best on their future and we thank them for the employment and the opportunity to entertain and meet myriads of wonderful people in the process. Farewell and God Speed!

Please add your comments to this discussion. The press seems to be

only interested in the beer.

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Last one out of Pittsburgh, turn out the lights.
This is an outrage! This is a crime to all humanity because music comes from human beings, not machines or somebody pressing a button.

What is so wrong about a human being producing live music from his body and soul and not pushing a button on a CD or record player.

Why can't all music establishments ask the live bands to bring CDs to play during their break?

Live music is a gift from God that should not be destroyed by greedy club owners.

This a shame to the Boilermakers!

To the Boilermakers- Hang in there and Keep Swinging!
Thank You For All Your Dedicated Hard Work and For Touching So Many Lives With Your Live Music!

Ed Skirtich
I will never go there again. Where can I see the Blues Orphans and spend my money now?

The only other clubs we play are Sassy Marie's, the Grove on Jack's run Road in Bellevue and Billy's Roadhouse in Wexford. The actual schedule will be posted on this network.
The New Hazlett Theater is going to be the new up and coming place for jazz in Pittsburgh -- some ideas are solidifying - They want to support live jazz and local musicians. I will keep you posted

Bless you for stepping up to the plate.
Sorry to hear about Penn Brewery, it just seems like people are afraid to deal with live music anymore. They featured alot of great music over the years. The New Hazlett is a pretty cool space, I mean, the fact that it is run by musicians is pretty incredible and they certainly do everything they can to support the scene, and Sara who runs is it a fairly kick a$$ bass player herself.
Nice Lashway! lol


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