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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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Featured Blog Posts – February 2012 Archive (12)

The Passing of Blues Great Louisiana Red

Pittsburgh Music History

W.C. Handy award winning blues man Louisiana Red passed in away in Germany on February 25, 2012 at age 79.   Born Iverson Minter he came to Pittsburgh to live with his grandmother after both of his parents died.  His grandfather gave him the nickname Louisiana Red because of his fondness for hot sauce.  Louisiana Red, who recorded 50 albums and is known by blues fans around the world, learned blues…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 28, 2012 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

Joe Westray web page

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh now has a web page devoted to bandleader and businessman Joe Westray (1913-1980).

Added by Timothy R. Williams on February 23, 2012 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

HMBB Post concert reaction...

Great concert at St. Max!  Standing "O".  I will post audio clips as I mix the show.  I can't wait to get a real CD of this group.  Thanks to Ray Defade for his fantastic playing!  Look for more show dates soon too.  (Also on my FB page)...

Added by Devon Smeal on February 20, 2012 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Lena Horne found love at first sight in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Music History

On Jan 23, 1937 a headline…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 19, 2012 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges: Reflections with Ursula Rucker

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist Ursula Rucker has been opening ears with her thought provoking words for nearly 20 years. Greg Bridges recently had the pleasure of sitting down to speak with Ms. Rucker about her newest recording, She Said, as she shared her words on topics ranging from art to parenthood.  Share in Greg's conversation with Ursula Rucker by following this link to his blog…


Added by TDanyel on February 17, 2012 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Did you know Rock Hall of Fame Honoree Art Rupe is frrom McKeesport?

Pittsburgh Music History


Art Rupe

2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Left Coast Jazz

The Left Coast is holding its own...

celebrating those who have been

"kicked upstairs",…


Added by Yve Evans on February 16, 2012 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Phat Man Dee w/ Pontani Sisters on Fri and w/ DJ Brother Strawberry on Sat!

Hey to the hey to the hey hey!
I just got back from California, my cousin Jon Alloway's movie preview was a huge success. Standing room only, the Amoeba and I got to see old friends, sing to hundreds of new ones I've never met before, outside in February, in the light of stars, under palm trees and in kissing distance of the Dog Heads and Pizza Dragon. The…

Added by Phat Man Dee on February 9, 2012 at 9:40pm — No Comments

What Hill District Church Played Host to Ma Rainey, Fats Waller, Ellington and more?

Pittsburgh Music History

The Lost Ballroom

Read about the Hill District church that was once a theater promoted as the "Palace of Pleasure".  Part of T.O.B.A. circuit in the 1920s…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Antoinette Manganas brand new release "CHAINS" is here!

Antoinette Manganas new CD "CHAINS", produced by Grammy winner Roger Hatfield is here!  Check out a preview of the video "PRAY", a song in our "effort", to fight World Hunger ,  On sale at my shows and online!

Added by Antoinette Manganas on February 8, 2012 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Fancy Ass Records will be accepting artist's submissions in the next few weeks!

All self contained artist's that are interested in applying for label consideration, Fancy Ass Records of Nashville will be accepting artist's submissions for label consideration in the next few weeks. We will keep you updated.
Thank you,
Mandy Mason
Fancy Ass Records

Added by Fancy Ass Records on February 7, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Honoring the Incredibly talented Sophisticated Lady Phyllis Hyman

Pittsburgh Music History

Honoring the Incredibly Talented Sophisticated Lady

Phyllis Hyman

Read her story at Pittsburgh Music History…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 7, 2012 at 1:43am — 2 Comments

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