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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



       In Her Own Words

February 2013 Blog Posts (11)

¨The End¨¨ Digital Series ( 2013): Samples¨

End of Waiting ( Plastificar IIBordes Añadidos Destello PinceladasII)



Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on February 27, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

[MIXTAPE] Jae Apollo - All the Right Mistakes

Jae Apollo - All the Right Mistakes [Mixtape]

Hosted By: Jae Apollo

Jae Apollo - All the Right Mistakes

Jae Apollo - All the Right Mistakes


Jae Apollos follow up release to his debut mixtape A Night at the Apollo visit


1.The Fall / 2.The City / 3.All the Right Mistakes / 4.Im Sorry / 5.A Love in London / 6.Hate/Love / 7.Whiskey Pain / 8.My Whole Life / 9.Rodeo /…


Added by on February 26, 2013 at 12:45am — No Comments

[MIXTAPE] FiO Baby - Lost in Time

FiO Baby - Lost in Time [Mixtape]

Hosted By: FiO Baby

FiO Baby - Lost in Time


Hailing from the suburban streets of Long Island, New York comes a 23 year old Italian-American rapper professionally known as FiO Baby. With his use of deep, dark, fun, witty, and love hungry emotional rhymes FiO has been able to capture the ears of many. FiO first created a buzz for himself at Adelphi University where he attended…


Added by on February 24, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments

England & Scotland ( London-Edinburgh & Glasgow):Holiday photos

National Gallery in the evening ( Edinburgh - Scotland )



Audience getting ready for the beginning of Celtic Connections: Carlos Nuñez & The Royal Scottish Orchestra (Jan 19, 2013; Royal Concert Hall-…

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on February 21, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments

Remembering the Hurricane Club and Birdie Dunlap

Pittsburgh Music History

The Hurricane Club…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 18, 2013 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

3 things your friends should know about your business

You may not want to share everything with your social network, but Young Entrepreneurship Council member Jullien Gordon says your friends should know some details about what you do.

It's priceless to you, but how do you know what your startup's really worth? by Jullien Gordon, Young Entrepreneur Council October 23, 2012 | 11:17am EDT

When it comes to business and career advancement, we often discount one of our greatest resources: our friends. Our friends and peers may know our…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on February 17, 2013 at 7:48pm — No Comments


Thank you to all the players and jazz fans that came out tonight to support the new sunday jazz program here at James Street. keep coming out and we will continue to bring to you the best Jazz that Pittsburgh has to offer!!  THANK YOU! LONG LIVE JAZZ!!

Added by Adam Johnston & James Street on February 11, 2013 at 3:50am — No Comments

Pittsburgh Music History Honors Roger Humphries

Pittsburgh Music History


Roger Humphries…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 7, 2013 at 2:22pm — 2 Comments

Pgh Jazz Society

In our very tenuous economic times, I'm not sure how a private club can have the audacity to "charge" a venue to host weekly live music offerings rather than the converse. As an outsider looking in this sounds very much like a "pay to play" or "protection" scam. I've performed in the previous iterations of James Street and the owners were always very gracious toward musicians and went out of their way to promote and support established and young acts most days of the week. Though I've been…


Added by Barry Boyd on February 7, 2013 at 3:25am — 1 Comment

Jazz Society Leaves James Street..For the wrong reasons!


Dear Pittsburgh Jazz Society Members,

Unfortunately, it is true that the Pittsburgh Jazz Society will no longer be presenting jazz on Sunday night at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy.  The reasons for the board's decision, as they have stated, are very questionable at best.    However, we would like to address the issues mentioned by Mr. Mowod.


James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy has been in business for slightly over one year.  As a brand new…


Added by Adam Johnston & James Street on February 6, 2013 at 11:14pm — 3 Comments

Pittsburgh Music History Honors Chuck Jackson Pioneering Soul Singer Who Scored 23 Hit Records including the classic "Any Day Now" penned by Burt Bacharach

Pittsburgh Music History


Chuck Jackson

Pioneering Soul Singer Who Scored 23 Hit Records

including the classic "Any Day Now" penned by Burt Bacharach…


Added by Paul Carosi on February 4, 2013 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

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