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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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I am re-opening the old james street tavern under the new name James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, with my partner Lisa Saftner. We want to bring the jazz back to James Street!!! We will be searching the town for pittsburghs finest jazz and blues artists..Help me find you!! you can reach me at
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Posted on February 11, 2013 at 3:50am 0 Comments

Thank you to all the players and jazz fans that came out tonight to support the new sunday jazz program here at James Street. keep coming out and we will continue to bring to you the best Jazz that Pittsburgh has to offer!!  THANK YOU! LONG LIVE JAZZ!!

Jazz Society Leaves James Street..For the wrong reasons!

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:14pm 3 Comments


Dear Pittsburgh Jazz Society Members,

Unfortunately, it is true that the Pittsburgh Jazz Society will no longer be presenting jazz on Sunday night at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.  The reasons for the board's decision, as they have stated, are very questionable at best.    However, we would like to address the issues mentioned by Mr. Mowod.


James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has been in business for slightly over one year.  As a brand new…


James Street Gastropub.. Home of Pittsburgh Jazz Society

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 9:06pm 0 Comments

I am proud and excited to announce that the Pittsburgh Jazz Society has decided to make the James Street Gastropub their meeting spot.  Their frist gathering will be Jan 8th 2012.  As soon as I find out the artist of that show I will let the world know!  Long Live Jazz!!

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At 8:33pm on October 25, 2012, Maryellen Hayden said…

You are most welcome, Adam, glad to help!

Maryellen Hayden Deckard

At 1:21pm on February 9, 2012, Antoinette Manganas said…

Adam!   Thank you for responding!  I am performing this evening at AL AN RUBENS in Washington, PA from 6-9 and then 2 shows on February 11th..I will be out of town Sunday February 12th and Monday the 13th...I will see you when I get back..I will call the Restaurant to make sure you are there!  Looking forward to meeting you!



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At 7:01pm on December 17, 2011, Dane Vannatter said…
Hey Adam... Coming by tonight. I'm a jazz singer from Boston, just moved to Pittsburgh but have been singing here for a you have vocalists there?
At 5:09am on December 8, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Welcome Adam,


You bring very good news and you have come to the right place to get the word out.  Please add a profile photo ASAP and we will feature your page, spread the word and gather some real attention. 

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