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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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6th Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2012

Posted on January 8, 2012 at 5:54am 0 Comments

6th Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2012

For BANDS and VOCALISTS of all nationalities

Date: 12-19 May 2012

Place: Bucharest, Romania


100% jazz & more...competition, jam sessions, workshops...

Bucharest International Jazz Competition, organized by jmEvents, is a…


Brad Mehldau piano

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 9:16am 0 Comments

Part of the Wigmore Hall Jazz Series

Friday 4 June 2010 - 7:30 PM

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is one of the most exciting musicians in his field today. A regular…


Kurt Elling to Release New Live Album

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 5:40am 0 Comments

Grammy nominated and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman on June 23rd, Kurt Elling's eighth album and second release for Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 at the Allen Room in the Lincoln Center, New York as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. The new 12-track release features an all-star cast of musicians including… Continue


Posted on June 10, 2009 at 5:30am 0 Comments

COMING JUNE 9TH THROUGH 14TH TO MANHATTAN’S ABRONS ART CENTER @ The Henry St. Settlement 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY 10002(212) 598-0400 June 15 at The ANGEL ORENSANZ FOUNDATION 172 Norfolk St (Btw E. Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 - (212) 529-7194

Arts for Art, Inc. is pleased to announce the schedule for the 14th annual… Continue

MADE IN THE UK’ British Jazz Concert Series in the USA

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 5:24am 0 Comments

Rochester, NY and New York City will play host to America’s largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2009. Arts Council England and Wales Arts International have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (XRIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’. Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine XRIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The… Continue

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At 4:28am on June 14, 2009, Jagsu said…
Hey Ms. Vaida, Thanks for your comment on my Alvin Batiste blog. He was my professor in college. You're right -- he was a great musician, and teacher as well a wonderful human being! Take care, Jagsu
At 11:10am on February 27, 2009, Nina Iordache said…
Sigur, cu placere... Lumea este intr-devar foarte mica... Revin in curand, acum trebuie sa alerg prin oras cu treburi...

O zi frumoasa,

At 2:01am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 8:36am on January 18, 2009, Pieronymus said…
Kedves Magdalena! kicsi a világ. Ha van kedved, gyere a Pieronymus Art Network-re, amit én alapítottam.

üdv. Pieronymus Kosch (Kós Károly rokona)
At 11:24am on August 11, 2008, Janine Gilbert-Carter said…
Good Morning Magdalena, Thank you for excepting my request.

Peace and Blessings,
At 1:20pm on July 28, 2008, janice lee said…
Good Morning Magdalena
At 3:47am on July 8, 2008, Magdalena Vaida said…
Thanks, I am honored to be here!
At 5:53pm on July 7, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Magdalena,

You have exquisite taste in jazz artists and you will come to learn that many more of them than you may have realized have Pittsburgh roots. Please share your thought and comments freely with us. It is a pleasure to have you on board.



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