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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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We Need HELP from our Pittsburgh Brothers and Sisters-- Where to Gig??

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 1:42am 0 Comments

Hello Pittsburgh ladies and gents in Jazz!!

We are looking to book and perform in a small (100 to 150 capacity) venue in your fair

city! We are looking for a unique performance space, not necessarily a

club. The following venues have been suggested to us--what do you

think? Thanks for any help you can provide.

Frick Art and Historical Center


Time for a New Beginning

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 5:03am 0 Comments

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges"

~Martin Luther King, Jr

It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one for many of us; Musique Noire is no exception. Within the group we've had marriages, welcomed babies, lost loved ones dear to us and worked through financial difficulties.

But one thing has stayed constant. . .the support we've received from… Continue

Another Musique Noire Baby!

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 6:20pm 0 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS to our viola/violinist LEAH LUCAS! She and her fiancee, John Celebi (fabulous jazz drummer and pianist), welcome a new baby boy!


Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:54am 0 Comments

We found this on our FaceBook page--it concerns the funding for arts that are in jeopardy in your great state. We're a Detroit/Chicago based band, but we are also going through similar problems in our states. The Detroit Jazz Fest, which in the last two years had 72 acts each in the last two years, are now down to only 33 acts for this years festival.

This is a link to a petition about arts in Pennsylvania:

Coming to Detroit for the Final Four?

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 11:12pm 0 Comments

Our CD "Good Hair" is available at Spectacles in Downtown Detroit. Be sure to shop this beautiful gem of Detroit for all your fashion and music needs. This store has an *international* reputation--people come from all over the world to get their unique items.

Spectacles is located at 230 E. Grand River.

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At 10:44pm on August 20, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

It's wonderful to connect with members of one of the other great cities of jazz. You'll find many new friends here and also that we have much in common. Thank you for joining.



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