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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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The Truth About Chanel West Coast And Rob Dyrdek

Rapper and TV personality Chanel West Coast met pro skater and TV host Rob Dyrdek just before he cast her on his MTV reality show Fantasy Factory. While that was just the start of her career, it was also the start of her intriguing relationship with Rob Dyrdek. Sharing a winning on-screen chemistry, the pair would continue to collaborate after that. Here's the truth about their relationship.

Rob Dyrdek began production for his show Ridiculousness long before Fantasy Factory was coming to a close. The series clearly sparked both a friendship and business relationship between Chanel West Coast and Dyrdek, because they continued to work together on Ridiculousness, which featured funny, silly, and over-the-top videos from the Internet. The show premiered in 2011, when West Coast was at the height of her fame from Fantasy Factory. 

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On Ridiculousness, West Coast and Dyrdek often razz one another, and it sometimes sure feels like flirtation. Dyrdek often teases West Coast with jokes loaded with sexual innuendo, but the two are not dating in real life. We repeat: They are not an item! Dyrdek has, in fact, been happily married to model Briyana Noelle Flores since 2015. 

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Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, And Team ROC File Lawsuit Over Conditions In Parchman Penitentiary

Jay-Z, Yo Gotti, and Team ROC have helmed legal action on behalf of 227 Mississippi inmates at Parchman Prison, Pitchfork can confirm via legal documents. The class action lawsuit has been brought against the new Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Nathan Burl Cain and prison healthcare provider Centurion. The complaint urges Cain and Centurion to address allegedly subpar living conditions at Parchman.

In addition to the lawsuit, Yo Gotti and Team ROC’s attorneys had several Parchman inmates submit sworn COVID-19 questionnaire forms detailing the lack of COVID-19 testing protocol at the prison. The returned questionnaires describe a lack of social distancing, PPE, and more at the penitentiary.

Also See: The Roc-A-Fella Records Full Documentary

The complaint alleges that Parchman Prison has been “understaffed and underfunded for decades,” which has resulted in inadequate healthcare (physical and mental), the overuse of isolation, and “constant violence.” The lawsuit also cites multiple alleged hygiene issues within Parchman Prison, including a potable water system contaminated with human feces, the presence of black mold, vermin, inmates’ limited access to showers, and more. “The conditions inside Parchman are medieval,” the complaint states at one point.

Elsewhere in the suit, Plaintiffs mention the status of inmates’ meals at Parchman, stating that, “the kitchen facilities and food service at Parchman are nauseating,” and claiming that a June 2019 inspection by the Mississippi Health Department found “containers of dried, spoiled and molded food, flies and other pests in the kitchen, food maintained in coolers at unsafe temperatures, collapsing ceilings, and other unhealthy food preparation and storage conditions.” Inmates allegedly receive meals that are undercooked and served at unsafe temperatures, and sometimes, tainted with vermin.

Plaintiffs are requesting that the court order Defendants to develop and implement a plan to address current conditions at Parchman within 90 days.

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Master P Gets Into The Food Industry

Entrepreneur Percy Miller better known as 'MASTER P' has been educating the culture on the importance of ownership, building minority-owned brands, producing products and giving back to the community for over 25 years.

He grew up in poverty, built a music empire, sold over 100 million records independently. And now he is doing the same thing in the food market with his Uncle P’s Rice, Uncle P’s Grits, Uncle P’s Oatmeal, Uncle P’s Pancake Mix & Uncle P’s Syrup.

Also See: Name Your All Time Favorite Master P Track

Percy Miller is flooding the grocery stores with food products, giving options and diversity to the consumers that want to buy minority-owned brands that give back to their own communities, unlike iconic brands that have been exploiting the black communities for decades using black faces for black dollars but never gave back to help black communities.

Our Culture is waking up and consumers are more educated and aware. CNN News recently shared a story that the brand Uncle Ben’s owner Mars is planning to change it’s visual brand identity, as well as Quaker Oats CEO and owner of the brand Aunt Jemima is acknowledging its racial stereotypes in logos.

Hopefully, this will open up more opportunities with large retailers such as Wal-Mart, Krogers and other chain food stores for real minority-owned companies such as Uncle P’s products and brand to share in the shelving space giving consumers an alternative while buying products.

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