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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

March 2012 Blog Posts (13)

Sping Fest

Sewickley American Legion

Great people of Pittsburgh, come enjoy the great sounds of the,Red Velvet Jazz & R&B Band.

 This band is great, we were so pleased with there performance at a recent fundraiser, we just had to have the band come back for another performance. 

Contact info: Chief Promoter, Geronimo Pratt.…


Added by geronimo pratt on March 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

¨Hope Digital Series (2012) Samples¨

          ¨Happy Eastern¨ / ¨Felices Pascuas¨…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 31, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Submit Your Music For Label Consideration!

Fancy Ass Records is now accepting music submissions for label consideration for all genre's of music with the exception of hip hop and rap. You must be a self contained artist with radio ready finished product. You may submit your music at  We do not accept demo's or lyrics. Only finished product. A self contained artist is the writer/producer/performer with copyrighted music. Fancy Ass Records also offers our…


Added by Fancy Ass Records on March 27, 2012 at 8:53pm — No Comments

The Stanley Theater Story the Big Band Era and the Rock Era

Pittsburgh Music History

Presents the story of the

Stanley Theater

Big Band Era 1928 - 1946…


Added by Paul Carosi on March 25, 2012 at 10:27pm — 4 Comments

Marta Graciela Bressi Studios

All friends,Look at my new images

                                   ¨ Calm and Wait¨ Digital Series ( 2012) samples…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 24, 2012 at 9:11pm — No Comments

¨Calm and Wait¨ Digital Series ( 2012) samples

It`sTime ( Color BurnIIGlass Pinceladas II)

It`sTime ( DifferenceII Hard LightColor BurnII…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on March 22, 2012 at 8:10pm — No Comments

The State of Jazz Venues

In 2009, I published my book A History of African American Jazz and Bluesthat discusses the reasons why the innovators of jazz and blues – Africans in America make paultry income from their cultural product.

I posted this article on my site…


Added by Diva JC on March 16, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

New Recordings:

Two new recordings out this month:  a duo with Alan Silva: "Parallel Worlds" on Long Song Records, and a solo piano CD/vinyl :  "Narada Burton Greene: Live at Kerrytown House" on NoBusiness Records.  Both are available from me:  contact me at 

Added by Burton Greene on March 15, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

Dr. Harrison thank you vdery much. The reason I wanted the information, as a child I met Goerge Hornsby playing the piano in church and he gave me my very first start as a musician, Later in years he…

Dr. Harrison thank you vdery much. The reason I wanted the information, as a child I met Goerge Hornsby playing the piano in church and he gave me my very first start as a musician, Later in years he had went mentally ill and walk into the river and drown. He was a extremely talented man I am sad his recording never made I would for children to experience a true musician. Again thank you

Kenneeth E. Anderson


Added by Kenneth E Anderson on March 12, 2012 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Boxon Swagga Squad Members Mixtape

This mix-tape is banging. If most of you are wondering who the Boxon Swagga Squad Is (Click Here), they are members of the website Hip Hop who has uploaded their songs, videos, and pictures for review. The site is…


Added by Gansta Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 4:15am — No Comments

In Memory Of Big Pun

Big Pun, check the blog

Just wanted to give a moment of silence for

one of the greats out of the Bronx "Big Pun".

Your never dead as long as you live in our thoughts.

Its been 12 years since Feb 6. R. I. P





Added by Gansta Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 3:16am — No Comments

George "Fess" Hornsby

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 10, 2012 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

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