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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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March 2009 Blog Posts (44)


Friday March 27 7:30 & 9:00 PM - The George Dulin Group George Dulin - Piano , David Smith - Trumpet , Karel Ruzicka - Tenor Sax , Nir Felder - Guitar , Dan Zanker - Bass , Jordan Perlson - Drums 10:30 & 12:00 AM - The Legendary Freddie Redd Sextet featuring Chris Byars, Brad Linde, John Mosca Freddie Redd - Piano , Chris Byars - Alto Sax , Brad Linde - Tenor Sax , John Mosca - Trombone , Ari… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 23, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Destiny of Live Jazz Music lies in its Origin: HOME

The topic and question for one of our forums reads:

THE DESTINY OF LIVE MUSIC VENUES: What is happening to live music venues locally and nationally and why? Are live musicians an endangered species or will we stand up and fight back? Weigh in!

I found that topic interesting but found I had to read between the lines a bit. I can see the Music Center with Disney Hall from my high-rise in LA where the Philharmonic and other classical groups play to large audiences and can… Continue

Added by Janie Gust on March 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Whats new on my end..

Hi all. Having at least temporarily given up trying to make a living in Pittsburgh, I've returned to the "Motherland" of jazz...New Orleans. I've been back about 2 weeks and things are looking good. I'm definitely loving the weather this time of year, before the heat and humidity settle in! I went to a concert at Loyola, about 5 minutes from where I live that featured the senior class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (monsters all) as well as Bill Summers, Nick Payton, Herlin Riley, and Ellis… Continue

Added by Jeff Lashway on March 22, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

who's playing on these recordings of mine?

Seems difficult to find the listings of the players on my tracks here.

I want to credit the amazing players on these tracks :

On Yesterdays, It Could Happen, 'Round Midnight, Farmer's Market, Time's Lie-

Piano- Don Grolnick, Bass- Steve LaSpina, Drums- Peter Erskine

soprano sax on Time's Lie- Arnie Lawrence

percussion on Time's Lie- Gordon Gottlieb

Guitar on Comesar De Novo- Saul… Continue

Added by Devorah Segall on March 20, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sean Jones in Miami

I heard some Sean Jones on WDNA – FM in Miami yesterday afternoon. I listen to the station online here in Pittsburgh at What a blast. The afternoon DJ even mentioned that the trumpeter was a professor at Duquesne University.

Now, I can’t say for a fact that WDUQ has never played Sean Jones, but I’ve never heard his music on the station. For that matter, I’ve barely heard any local jazz artists getting any play on DUQ ever. Why is that? Whenever I tune in, they are… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 20, 2009 at 1:50am — No Comments

"You've Got Me" The New Jazz/Reggae/R&B -Fused Bass instrumental album/Cd

"You've Got Me"

Over the years, musical geniuses such as Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, John Pattatucci to name a few have advanced the technique of utilizing the bass, not only as a root instrument, but also to hold together the melody of a song. With this influence, I was challenged to do so within the genre of my own musical accomplishments. Fundamentally, the bass was always the instrument that held together the root… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on March 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Pittsburgh Progressive Woman Awards

The Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh's 3rd ANNUAL PITTSBURGH PROGRESSIVE WOMAN AWARDS – 2009 - Saturday, March 28th - 3:00 –6:00pm / Tana Ethiopian Restaurant, 5929 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh / East Liberty ... and the winners are: CARMEN ROBINSON, TONYA PAYNE, SHEILA BEASLEY - join us as we honor these women for Women's History Month. $20 / $25 at door. 412-464-0321 for tickets.

Added by Dessie Bey on March 19, 2009 at 6:33pm — No Comments

(Native Pittsburgher) Marpessa Dawn, Eurydice in the Film ‘Black Orpheus,’ Dies at 74

September 27, 2008


Marpessa Dawn, who played the beautiful, melancholic and doomed Eurydice in the classic 1959 Brazilian movie “Black Orpheus,” died on Aug. 25 at her home in Paris. She was 74.

The cause was a heart attack, her daughter Dhyana Kluth said.

Ms. Dawn’s death followed by 41 days that of her “Black Orpheus” co-star, Breno Mello, who played the title role. The family did not publicly announce the death until this… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 17, 2009 at 4:41pm — 2 Comments

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Added by Anne Annie Friedland on March 17, 2009 at 2:05am — No Comments

Even More Airplay for Musique Noire!

Musique Noire has been added to the playlist of the college radio station at the University of Detroit Mercy. We are featured on the "Key of Gee Jazz Break" hosted by Gisele "Gee" Carver:

You can listen to the episode that features Leslie DeShazor Adams' tune "Hodgepodge" here:

This broadcast also features a tune ("If… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on March 15, 2009 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Unsolved Mystery: So just who IS this fine brother in the photo with Marilyn Monroe (circa 1952)?

If photos could speak, this one would have quite a story to tell:

The year was 1952. Marilyn Monroe, a rising star along with clothing designer William Travilla were seated at a table in a South Central Los Angeles nightclub (as reported by one of the news sources) along with what I would have to call an extremely handsome black man looking square into the camera. According to the brief news clip I heard, Marilyn's handlers were determined to… Continue

Added by Janie Gust on March 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

How is Web 2.0 different from the Web 1.0 dot-com boom and bust?

Dr. Linick is a colleague of mine for over 20 years. He offers a perspective on Web 2.0 that is easy to grasp and important for all to understand. The Pittsburgh Jazz Network is a Web 2.0 network.



How does Google offer "the world's knowledge" to searchers for free and still make more than 10 billion in revenue, grow 68%, and have a stock market valuation of close to $200… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 14, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments


Looking forward to seeing you every Sunday at the HOLIDAY INN in Oakland 7 - 10. Please try and support local jazz musicians just trying to make in this bad economy!!


I will try to keep you informed. See you soon!

Etta Cox

Added by Etta Cox on March 14, 2009 at 1:46am — No Comments

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday

Sutton to begin ‘Desire’ tour with MCG show Saturday


Daily News Staff Writer

Given the troubled state of Wall street, the banking industry and the personal finances of many individuals these days, the concept behind jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s newly released album “Desire” seems quite timely.

The Grammy-nominated artist compiled songs for the disk that offer varying takes on desire, from the relentless quest of… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 13, 2009 at 10:20pm — No Comments

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 s…

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.

AARON J. JOHNSON "Songs of Our Fathers" (Bubble Sun Records) 5 starsFans of the hard bop tradition, listen up. Jazz trombonist Aaron J. Johnson's debut CD comes tearing out of the starting gate like a thoroughbred, then burns up the track like a well-kept Buick Dynaflow.

Fast.… Continue

Added by Slaglerock on March 13, 2009 at 10:10pm — No Comments


Added by Valerio Gianferro on March 13, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

THE MUSICAL HILL...conclusion

At fifteen, I decided to learn to play guitar. My influences were Joe Negri and George Benson. Both were amazingly talented...way back then. As I see it, both are largely responsible for the growing number of guitar players from Pittsburgh. But it was George and I who had hustled through Center Avenue that afternoon, straight to his house and on to his music room where I sat and watched in awe as he ripped through single-string runs at astonishing speeds, and with unbelievable ease...way back… Continue

Added by Kennard Roosevelt Williams on March 12, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Concert Tickets set aside, marked up by artists, managers

This article is taken from the Wall Street Journal.

Concert Tickets Get Set Aside, Marked Up by Artists, Managers


Less than a minute after tickets for last August's Neil Diamond concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden went on sale, more than 100 seats were available for hundreds of dollars more than their normal face value on premium-ticket site The seller?… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on March 12, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

My Professor, The Great Donald Byrd

Yvonne Warner Mar 08 2009 | Just Saying Hi

I was thinking about you


Your correspondence with Richard Smallwood was great to read and intersting;you and I have something very unique in"Donald Byrd". He use to be my babysitter when I was a little girl (7,8,9 y/0). His Aunt and my Mother were girlfriends and use to go stomping at the famous "Savoy" club in Harlem, NY and my Mother always left me with Donald. Let me tell you a funny story,but true. I would sit for hours… Continue

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on March 9, 2009 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Tennessee jazz needs some help

This comes from Jim Ferguson - jazz bassist/ vocalist in Nashville

Dear friends of jazz, the arts, and cultural diversity,

I’m writing to ask each of you for your help, communicating from a mental and emotional bunker here in the RED state of Tennessee. As you know, most states are facing serious budget shortfalls, and Tennessee is no exception With no state income tax and just a modest investment tax, Tennessee gets 2/3 of it’s operating monies from its… Continue

Added by Monika Herzig on March 6, 2009 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

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