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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 2010 Blog Posts (13)

Amazingly Refreshing and Delightful Tour in Kerala

India is amazing tourist destination, you can experience everything you could ever want in a holidays. India has welcomed all its guests with full hearted and graceful gesture with all respects. You are on the way to one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Explore India Tour with the beauty of majestic Himalayan ranges in the north India, magnificent historical forts and palaces, royal cities, golden beaches, colorful people, rich… Continue

Added by Jennifer Strauss on February 26, 2010 at 8:35am — No Comments

Living Legends Jazz Panel Discussion!



LIVING LEGENDS JAZZ PANEL DISCUSSION with Michael Dolphin and James Janisse as Moderators

"The Status of Jazz Today" and "Protecting The Legacies of Jazz Musicians"

Join me as I welcome Living Legends, Buddy Collette, Bobby Rodriguez, Michael White and Clora Bryant and others to discuss this very important subject.

I have invited panel experts to lend their knowledge to this exciting topic.



Added by Living Legends JaZzabrations on February 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Friday 2-19 Mandee @ Little E's w/ Miguel "Cha" Sague III, Colter Harper, Tony DePaolis & Gena!!

You heard right, tomorrow night at Little E's Jazz Club (or tonight if you read this on Friday) I am singing my debut at Little E's Jazz Club, 949 Liberty Ave , downtown Pittsburgh, PA, upstairs above Mahoney's, right next door to the gigantic James Simon bronze sculptures of a guitarist, an accordionist and a dog, across from the August Wilson Center.

No cover! ($10 minimum for food and or drinks) Great menu, and… Continue

Added by Phat Man Dee on February 18, 2010 at 10:32pm — No Comments


AS OF MARCH 7, 2010…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 18, 2010 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Kevin Amos presents Jazz Fan Appreciation Event

Hi, everyone.

I am happy to announce that the Pittsburgh Jazz Fan Appreciation Event has returned and this time we will be presenting it in Downtown Pittsburgh. Saturday, February 20 is our launch date.

It has taken me a few months to find a centrally located place to present this popular gathering of music fans and musicians.

Many of you have asked me when this event would return. Over 2,000 people have attended these events since starting in April of…


Added by Kevin Amos on February 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Profile -Gypsy Piano Blues Pittsburgh Museum Examiner week of 02/12/2010

The blues styling of Denise Peachey's Gypsy Piano Blues has been said to liven up the Avenue in the November 2009 performance series

in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. A proud native Pittsburgher,

Denise has released three CDs, appeared on the "Code Pearl" tribute CD

to Janis Joplin (of which the proceeds were donated to Hurricane

Katrina relief efforts), and has… Continue

Added by Gypsy Piano Blues on February 14, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

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

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


Added by Musique Noire on February 13, 2010 at 1:42am — No Comments


Many thanks to Nelson for continuing the great historical legacy of Jazz in Pittsburgh . Additionally , thank you for publicizing the article on the ''Synthesis " concert which I produced .

Sincerely ,

Don Bell

Added by Donald Bell on February 11, 2010 at 8:07pm — No Comments

To all snowbirds from Diva JC


“Big bad man, where can you be?”

“I’m locked inside. It snowed, you see.

“I’ve no machine to stop the snow,

“So, when it falls, inside I go.”

“Inside? You mean you run away?

“From little flakes, you ran, today?”

“Oh, yes, I’m strong, all winter long

“Until the chill turns into snow.

“Then, with a flash, I dive inside.

“Imagine how it hurts my pride.

“The Stock Exchange can’t see me, now.

“Dow Jones would… Continue

Added by Diva JC on February 7, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Fundraising for the Afro American Music Institute and Partners

Our group has started an Internet fund raising campaign to benefit the Afro-American Music Institute. We will donate $10 and ask each of you to donate $10 as well. Dr.Nelson Harrison has agreed to receive the funds. He has provided a P.O.Box and will make the donation in memory of Kenny-Klook- Clarke(1914-1985). Checks... can be made out to AAMI, Inc. and mailed to:Dr. Nelson HarrisonPO Box 552 Pgh,PA 15230.

Added by Brenda on February 7, 2010 at 2:06pm — No Comments

The BLUES ORPHANS celebrate 30 years!

The Blues Orphans, established in 1979, celebrated 30 years. The actual 30th anniversary event took place on July 17, 2009, at Little E's Jazz Club 949 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA. 15222 (412) 392-2217‎

Added by Dave Yoho on February 5, 2010 at 7:42pm — 5 Comments

Zodiac Digital Series (2010): Samples

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manchas ) jpg


( Difference II.lighten jpg )

Géminis Leo ( Repujado. C. polares… Continue

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on February 2, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Warren King passes 01/29/10


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2010, 1:00 P.M @

H.P.BRANDT FUNERAL HOME 1032 PERRY HIGHWAY PITTSBURGH, PA. 15237 (412) 364-4444 or 412-621-2800

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am sad to announce the passing of …


Added by Dave Yoho on February 1, 2010 at 1:37pm — 4 Comments

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