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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



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February 2009 Blog Posts (28)

THE STATE OF JAZZ podcast with Diva JC on

Nelson Harrison was my guest on my MUSICWOMAN LIVE! podcast on February 18, about

THE STATE OF JAZZ with other notable jazz aficianado's and musicians. This show is archived at …


Added by Diva JC on February 28, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times

I know that a lot of us have day jobs but if you can make this, come and share your thoughts. YOU ARE THE ARTS AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY!



Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times

Remaining Seats Are Going Fast

If you plan to attend the March 3rd forum on arts and the economy, please register today as the event is almost full.

Pittsburgh Arts in Tough Economic Times, a public forum and panel discussion with local arts funders… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 27, 2009 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Road Trip!!!

Hi folks. This may give you an idea what can be done here with some colaborations, sponsors and partnerships. It is NOT limited to NYC at all.



From Bob Davis of Soul Patrol....

NYC Carnegie Hall: Honor: Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, And Beyond, Wed, Mar 4 at 8 PM

I am very pleased to announce this event. Not only does it promise to be a historic night of live performances @ historic Canegie Hall in NYC, but it will also… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 26, 2009 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Crawford Grill at Home and Garden Show

This is very interesting. I wonder who was behind this?


The 28th annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show will feature more than 1,500 exhibits spread across both floors of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. The show's dates are Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 8.

Crawford Grill: A re-creation of the famous night club in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Patrons can order drinks at a century-old bar and sit down to dine on fare… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 26, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Birthday bonus club make your wishes come thru

Hi - I’m Ruthsella and my Birthday is on 26th June

Just imagine - you wake up and it’s Your Birthday!

You get up, switch on your PC and check your mail - and there are thousands of emails from friends who have sent you cash!

It’s not a dream - it really can happen!

With Birthday Bonus Club (BBC)

BBC is a matrix - and we’re proud of it! Because we are a matrix with some very BIG differences

* It costs you nothing to join - BBC is… Continue

Added by ladyruth on February 26, 2009 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Expanding your network

As the Pittsburgh Area Coordinator for I am ALWAYS trying to get many of you the recognition you deserve. All during my career I have been doing this.Over 30 years!

I cannot however do all the work for you. You have to put some skin in the game. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Billy Preston was right you know. In other words get off your duff and do something or hire someone like me to do it for you. There are many avenues.

A lot of you can get materials to… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 26, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ellington Coin

I just read online at JazzTimes that Duke Ellington will become the first African American to appear on a coin when Washington, D.C. put him on its state-themed quarter this year. According to the article, the phrase "justice for all" will also be on the coin, beating out "taxation without representation". Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker were also considered for the coin, the article says.

Added by Slaglerock on February 24, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Who makes te decisions?

I am so jazzed by the festival coming to fruition!!!! But I am also scared. I am left out of events...not because of my talent, but because some "person" deems themselves 'God for a Day" and never tells me.

Wat brought this to mind was te "Diva's of Jazz" gig. I see many missing names. WHO DECIDES WHO IS A DIVA AND WHO ISN'T?????????


Added by Anne Annie Friedland on February 24, 2009 at 8:46pm — No Comments

The State of Affairs for Radio Advertising

Here is something that some of you will be interested in. Now if this is talking about commercial radio in general where do you think this leaves the remaining Jazz stations and public radio?



Signal Fading: Radio 4Q Revs Down 11%

by Erik Sass, Friday, February 20, 2009

Feeling the effects of the sharp economic downturn, radio took another big hit in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. Total ad revenues… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 23, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

The Commercial State of Jazz in The New Millineum

I appreciated this vital message because its a reality check in our artistic State of Emergency. This treatise is a wake up call but should create a sense of urgency among artists,Jazz Lovers and Jazz D J'S. I am experiencing Deja Vu everyday as a on air announcer in Public Radio because the Wake Call has not been embraced. Young people are our future and must be fed truth not garbage. Commercial Radio had no intention of educating people there objective is to manipulate minds through… Continue

Added by Jay Edwards on February 23, 2009 at 2:49am — 3 Comments

What happened to the Jazz Jam Session?

Early in the evolution of jazz music, jam sessions became the opportunity for players to develop musical ideas, learn repertoire and phrasing, performance conventions, and learn from their peers. Probably the most famous jazz jam session was held on Monday nights at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, NY, starting in 1941. Swing Era soloists such as jazz saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge joined the house band, which included Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke,… Continue

Added by Monika Herzig on February 23, 2009 at 12:07am — 4 Comments


There is a discussion on The Washington DC Network re: returning jazz back to commercially advertising radio stations. The discussion was initiated by my close friend and native Pittsburgher, Mickey Bass, an extraordinarily talented and venerated bassist. After reading the developing thread there I left a short comment but have decided to start another thread on this network that perhaps will move in another direction. Please join in both discussions if you like. It's all… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

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

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

Added by Waberi on February 20, 2009 at 1:30am — 3 Comments


It is with deep regret and and a heavy heart that we announce the death of member Derrick R. Finch, who was killed in an auto accident today in Los Angeles where he was attending graduate school. He was one of the finest pianists of his generation and destined to be a major star in the great Pittsburgh lexicon of jazz pianists. He was a good friend and an early member of this network. He is also the first member to pass through transition. He will always have a page on this network and… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 19, 2009 at 10:30pm — 36 Comments

Black History month info from Jerome "Hawk" cuz

You need to check this out, It will blow some of you folks mind.



Added by Kevin Amos on February 15, 2009 at 9:06pm — No Comments


This is from my friend Jim Eigo.


David ‘Fathead’ Memorial

Monday, March 9th 7:00PM

at St. Peters Church

619 Lexington (at 54th Street), New York City

New York, New York 10022

212 935 2200

David “Fathead" Newman

February 24, 1933 - January 20, 2009

Musicians scheduled to appear

Joe Lovano

Javon… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on February 15, 2009 at 6:53pm — No Comments


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Added by Shea Orthner on February 12, 2009 at 4:17pm — No Comments

CD Review

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.

MARC COPLAND, "New York Trio Recordings Vol. 3, Night Whispers"

(Pirouet) 3.5 stars
— The CD's title reference to night is apt. Darkness

and murky melody rule much of this latest collection from

Philadelphia-born pianist Copland, yet the recording is not… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on February 11, 2009 at 12:48am — No Comments

CD Review

I’m a reporter for The Daily News in McKeesport. Luckily for me, I get to review the occasional jazz CD. Generally, our album reviews appear in the Thursday and Saturday papers. CDs can get up to 5 stars.

BILL MCCORMICK, “To Be Continued-Ken Hatfield and Friends Play the

Music of Bill McCormick” (mPub Corporation) 3.5 stars
— Composer Bill

McCormick's new CD delivers breezy and easy entry into the

sophisticated worlds of bebop, fusion, smooth and… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on February 11, 2009 at 12:45am — 3 Comments

Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry

It's so hard to chronicle all of the contributions of African American Musicians, Poets and Orators in a two part series, But Bigtrigger and SOJP are going to do their best! This weeks program will bring you more of the best in Jazz and Spoken Word plus a very special surprise artist! This week's show will be part one of our TWO part celebration of moments in black history. You get a chance to hear THE BEST of the pioneers of jazz music performing… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on February 8, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

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