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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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I was born and bred in a small town called Monongahela, PA. I split my time now between Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Marva Josie, George Benson, Kenny Clarke, Walt Harper.
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
90.5 and 91.3, though there aren't too many to choose from in Pittsburgh, sadly.
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Hmmm Gullifty's. I'm too young to have been able to enjoy some of the more classic joints from Pittsburgh's storied jazz past.
About Me:
I'm a manager and publicist, working with jazz and soul artists. I love and collect both genres and I enjoy learning the history.
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My client, Mo Pleasure has a forthcoming cd entitled Mo'Elements of Pleasure featuring Kirk Whalum, Ali Woodson, Tony Terry, Maysa, Bobby Ricketts, Philip Bailey, and Bobby Ricketts. Check it out.

The first single, R U DOWN, features the dynamic vocals of Temptations legendary lead singer Ali Ollie Woodson. Details coming soon...



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At 7:38pm on October 22, 2009, Schrubbel said…
Hi Tanisha ! Greetings from Schru . Cologne / Germany !
At 10:05pm on June 30, 2009, Pocket Protector said…
Hey T,....long hear no's life? Are you in town? Im here until the 16th of July. Scream at me when you get a chance.......see ya when i look at cha ;-)

At 4:04pm on January 14, 2009, Pocket Protector said…
Hey T.
I'm playin a few songs at Jazz Night next monday on MLK day Ava. starts at 9pm. u should come out.
At 5:32am on January 14, 2009, Pocket Protector said…
Hey T.,....i pray a very successful New Year to you as well. Make the most of every minute. Still hungry to meet you.........stay in touch. see ya when i look at cha!...easy

At 6:12pm on November 21, 2008, Pocket Protector said…
Hey t,...well well well....arent u the busy bee! ipray safe travels for you and nothing but the highest levels of success for your life. scream at me when you return to the burgh. Or anytime for that matter because one of my band"s tour is starting next week and who knows....we may end up traveling to the same city at the same time...........otherwise, stay blessed! See ya when I look at

Pocket Protector
At 2:45pm on October 29, 2008, Pocket Protector said…
still waiting to talk to you live,..............or better yet, see you!...holla back

At 5:39pm on September 26, 2008, Pocket Protector said…
Well it's nice to have met you via cyberspace/information highway! Ha!...anywho, or send me a pic. would be nice to greet you propoerly just in case we ever were in the same space supporting music here in the 412.....ttyl.........easy

At 6:56pm on September 24, 2008, Pocket Protector said…
Hey Tanisha,...thank for the love on my page. i cant see your face on your profile pic. Have we ever met? Who are you? Can u send or post another pic? ThanQ.........holla bak........easy!

At 2:41pm on September 22, 2008, Dr Rock said…
So You're From Joe Montana's Home Town ! Hope You're Having A Great Week Sweetie .....

At 2:04pm on September 1, 2008, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…
GOOD DEAL MY EMAIL IS SONDRIVE@YAHOO.COM phone is 412 3211019 lets get busy I have a press kit also.. come and see us at the Wednesday weekly "blues nite" at Paparazzi's on the south side..9:30pm-12:30....

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