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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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Played with the late Tommy Turrentine in a street band in the 80's led by George Braith. Also have worked with Art Blakey ,Sheryl Bailey and a few others from P-burg.
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Im a Mom, only child ,self taught then recieved NEA grants, Electric bass guitar and Acoustic bass player. Ive worked with the National Black Theatre,Joe Henderson, Art Blakey, Art Jr and Evelyn,27 yrs with Joseph Bowie and Defunkt, Lester Bowie and Brass Fantasy , Oliver LAke and Jum Up, James Blood Ulmer, The Kit McClure Big Band, Louis and Gerald Hayes,Jimmy Heath, Queen Latifah,Tina Pratt,Teri Thornton,Geri Allen, Cindy Blackman, Steve Coleman and others. I recently took all original project MAGNETS! to the Pori JAzz Festival and my other group the Inner Circle Q-tet has raised almost 26000 in ticket sales for Bennett College and theUNCF.
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Please vote for Women in Jazz Inc so that we may continue LADY GOT CHOPS FESTIVAL.We lost our venue.

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 7:34pm 0 Comments

assisted the 7th Annual LADY GOT CHOPS WOMEN'S MONTH JAZZ FESTIVAL as conduit of funding to offset the performance fees of the Ladies performing in the festival which had been held at the now defunct JAZZ SPOT in Brooklyn.The club owner/festival co-producer prior to this arrangement had paid all artists from the door and food sales. There was no alcohol license.With assistance from Chase we can continue in a new location. We hope to utilize either of… Continue


Posted on January 23, 2010 at 12:56am 0 Comments


proudly presents

The 8th Annual LADY GOT CHOPS Women's Month Jazz Festival

* please note current venues-sadly the Jazz Spot is closed permanently.

Thank You Lillithe and Tiecha for your faith,hospitality,creativity enthusiasm and cooperation

MARCH 2010

March 5th

Adela Dalto y Las Mujeres Latinas @ , Lucy "Scooter"Lantigua-bass Adela Dalto- leader/vox Rosie Rex-drums Flor Fitzgerald-keys the Zinc Bar 82 west 3rd street bet… Continue

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At 6:19pm on February 5, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Kim,


I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage - where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:
Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).



P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

At 3:20am on October 17, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Kim ! Greetings from Cologne/Germany ! Kisses Schru.
At 1:21am on September 20, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Kim,

Thanks for coming over and adding your beautiful smile to out membership gallery. We look forward to sharing your music with the world as you post some samples on your page. This network has global reach and you never know who may be looking for someone like you. Please enjoy our content and make some new friends and fans in the process.

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