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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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Waberi is ENLIGHTENMENT MUSIC Waberi is A Strange Fruit Waberi is THE VESSEL Waberi is On Top Of The World Waberi is A Better Tomorrow Waberi is DELIGHT Waberi is Something Lovely Waberi is Unspoken Love Waberi is An Open Door Waberi is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNFLOWER Waberi is THE SUN KING Waberi is LOVE; Waberi is LIFE.

- A new voice emerges as an ‘Old Soul’ in the evolving world of today’s jazz and cross-genre music. Waberi takes center stage with her transcendent voice and intimate songcraft as the promise of a continued grand jazz music legacy. Waberi’s voice resonates in an alter-reality... beautiful; a haunted timbre; that has many likening her to Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln or early Cassandra Wilson. But the comparison is not solely in the sound of her voice, but the legacy she embodies. Born in Washington D.C., and raised in the last great jazz enclave in Los Angeles, Leimert Park, Waberi has studied and/or played with Pharoah Sanders, Azar Lawrence, Big Black, Nate Morgan, and Bennie Maupin among some; The Great Voice of UGMAA (Union of God's Musicians and Artists' Ascension) with world-renown avant-garde pianist Horace Tapscott - and The GREAT Billy Higgins.
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Calling on the lessons from growing up with a deep love for Black music, consistent study and application of music and its mechanics, and a deep understanding of Ancestral legacy and obligation, Waberi is dedicated to upholding a standard of artistry that serves to UPLIFT, ENLIGHTEN and most of all EVOLVE Black music. "To help do for contemporary Black Music what Jazz did for America."
" strive on two levels - you sing of war and warfare and you are at war... with elements unseen and unheard - your only measure is the pleasure you take in witnessing with your voice your heart and your art. Simple." -Jimmy Rage

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Amazing young Jazz piano player Pittsburgh native Derrick Finch is killed in a car crash in Los Angeles on 2-17-09

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 1:30am 3 Comments

I was just returning to 'The Village', walking over to my friend Matt to say hello and he informed me a few minutes ago that Derrick Finch was lost to us in a car accident. My breath literally leapt from my chest. I knew Derrick Finch quite well here in Los Angeles. I called him Dr. He stumbled over the correct pronunciation of my name... it was an inside joke we shared - and we shared it about a week ago here in Leimert Park.

Dr. Finch was a brilliant man. He loved Jazz. HE LOVED… Continue

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At 8:08pm on May 16, 2009, Jesse Jones Jr. said…
Hello Waberi,
Thanks for the invite.
Will talk with you again.
At 12:01am on May 16, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hello Waberi; it's a pleasure to meet you; thanks for the add. I really enjoy listening and like what you're doing musically.


At 5:55am on May 2, 2009, ladyruth said…
Hi Waberi thanks for the invite
At 6:06pm on March 8, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
Thank you for adding me as "your" friend...Please tune in to my talk radio show that airs each Mon-Thurs 7-9pm EST....Friday 6-8pm EST @ ...I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show!!!...Interested???...If so,please call me @ 757 538 3540 or call in to the show @ 646 929 0434...also simply go to view my schedule....don't meet me there...Beat me there!!!...JB

I would love to feature "you" as a guest on my show...The radio show is geared towards helping business owners,entrepreneurs,unsigned talent,and anyone else get added exposure to their business...INTERESTED????...if so, first go to BLACKSTARTUPBIZ.COM...sign up...become a member...Click 2 BE A GUEST..then call me @ the offc...757 538 3540 so I can then set you up a date and time to be a featured guest....also if I am not your friend please add me as your friend...thanx...Please join my network would love to have "you" there!!!...also while there check out my interviews with Twista...his new single "Wetter"...and my interview with Barry Gordy's new artist Leigh Jones and her wonderful music as well!!!!.....JB
At 3:39pm on March 4, 2009, ABSHALOM BEN SHLOMO said…
At 7:16am on September 13, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Waberi,

I love the profile picture. You do know that you can rotate it if you like. Please browse around and make many friends. as you let us know more about your art others will be attracted to your page as well. Let us know what you like or don't like. This is an open forum for all members equally. Hotep



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