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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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Manchester Craftsmens Guild Jazz, Point Park University-Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater
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90.5 DUQ
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MCG Jazz Hall
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I recently graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor's in Musical Theater. My senior year I interned with Warner Music Group in NYC and became interested in the buisness side of music too. Now I work at MCG Jazz and still sing and dance when I can.
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At 3:57am on April 6, 2010, Mara Rosenbloom said…
Hi Angela,
Mara here. I see you've spent some time in NY & enjoy live music, so I am writing to extend to you a personal invitation: My group, the Mara Rosenbloom Quartet will be on tour from New York City next week! We perform original jazz music, & will be kicking off our spring tour in Pittsburgh, Wed, April 14, 8:00pm @ Shadow Lounge. We make this music for sharing! So, I hope you'll be able to join us. You can have a listen at, or simply write me for more info!

Hope you can make it out!
At 6:08pm on March 3, 2009, Victor Ruiz said…
Hey Angela! Thanks for visiting, I hope to have the chance to listening you live soon.

Victor Ruiz
At 4:15am on February 18, 2009, Puppa Santana said…
At 5:00pm on January 26, 2009, The Phoenix Jazz Project said…
Hi Angela...Nice to meet you. Thanks for finding us :)
At 4:52pm on October 30, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Angela,
Thanks for joining!
Be blessed!
At 11:03pm on October 20, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Angela,

We are very pleased that the MCG Jazz crew is getting on board. I believe with your sign up we have a critical mass so I'll feature you as new members so you can make many friends to start out. Thank you for joining.



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