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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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April 2011 Blog Posts (14)

Who Owns the Song? Part I: Intellectual Property and the Musician

Who Owns the Song? Part I: Intellectual Property and the Musician


The more I hang out with professional musicians, the more I see how challenging it is for them to implement intellectual property principles in the course of their art.  If…


Added by Janie Gust on April 30, 2011 at 4:14pm — No Comments

The Ronnie Laws Show

I think it is important that all of you jazz fans here in Pgh that plan on attending the Ronnie Laws concert should know who will be the backing band for Ronnie. It's great that African American Music Institute is mentioned but I personally would like to mention that I, Brian Edwards , will be playing drums, Kevin Howard - keys, Mark Lucas- Guitar, Brian Sanders - bass. We will be there on the stage representing Pittsburgh so come out and see the show.

Thank you,

Brian E.…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on April 29, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Thank You For Your Thoughts And Prayers

Dear Dr. Nelson Harrison and All Members:


Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during my brutal hospital stays.


All your thoughts and prayers paid off 'cause I'm playing trumpet again.


Also, I'll be teaching lessons to trumpet and trombone players who want to play classical and jazz in my new studio in Greenfield, PA.


I plan on returning to bands too.


Thanks again for everything.


It has always…


Added by Ed Skirtich on April 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Phat Man Dee opens for Candye Kane TONIGHT at Moondogs & then sings at NOLA on Sat!

Hey friends,

Thank you so much for being the beautiful people you are! It is an honor to live in this world and know that you are out there and I can sing to you and you will like it..... It's really all I have ever wanted. I may not be rich in dollars or gold, but in spirit and love I feel like I won every level and got every super jackpot on every pinball I have ever played.…


Added by Phat Man Dee on April 22, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion






                                                              We thought we were going to take a break after last night but the people say different so we will be at Cafe Notte Saturday April 30th from 9-12. This WILL Be the last show there until June so make your reservation…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on April 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion appearing @........




                                       Last Cafe Notte appearance until summer!!!!!!!!

The Brian Edwards Excursion will be appearing at Cafe Notte Saturday April…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on April 14, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Tsunami Benefit @ Shadow Lounge & more!

It's raining, it's pouring and Pittsburgh's never boring..... And to  prove it I say unto you thus, I have 2 gigs you could come to this  weekend, 2 next week and you can even hear me on the radio......

To help promote the following event, Randy Baumann of WDVE has kindly  invited me to sing on the radio tomorrow, Thursday April 14, 2011 at 9:45 am! Singing with me will be Miguel Sague III and Izzy Arlet on guitar. Tune in for the Randy Baumann…

Added by Phat Man Dee on April 14, 2011 at 5:15am — No Comments

Duo gig

Join me and Joe Barth @ Nonnis in Grove city for pasta n Jazz Sat april 16th 7 p.m.

Added by Terrence on April 13, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Concert with TJO 4/15/11

Hey join me and Trinity Jazz Orchestra for a concert with Dave Keim trombonist with Count Basie orchestra friday april 15 7 p.m. Hopewell High School! 

Added by Terrence on April 13, 2011 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Jazz on the Radio

Here's my take on this.

First of all Jazz radio is not dead. Some programmers lack immagination and can't program their way out of a paper bag. Those individuals are killing the culture and the music that surrounds it.It's about the music...not the station. Stations come and go. So do formats. When it comes to who is on the air it is not what you know, but who you know. And yes, there is an uneven playing field.

I have been able to successfully program Jazz on commercial and…


Added by Kevin Amos on April 12, 2011 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Lil Reese "Push Up On You"

Lil Reese tells the ladies that he miss putting it on them. Lets open the gates for this young artist to break…


Added by Gansta Marcus on April 12, 2011 at 4:05am — No Comments

A new 'space' for jazz

Despite the potential loss of our jazz programming station, there are certainly exciting things happening in Pittsburgh jazz these days, which you know. I hope that someday soon, this will be considered one of them:


PJNers, I'd love for you to check out the new website for a project I'm working on, called JAZZSPACE - an emerging artist program that supports the professional and personal development of the next generation…


Added by Maggie Johnson on April 9, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion appearing @........






The Brian Edwards Excursion will be appearing at Cafe Notte , Saturday April 16th.  The last show Brian and the band played there…


Added by BrianEdwardsMediaWorks on April 6, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Plugged distributes Moserobie and Avishai Cohen.

» 2011-04-05

Plugged Music is effective from the fall 2010 distributing the quality jazz label Moserobie. Moserobie is one of the few Swedish labels with an international reputation and their catalogue holds over 70 titles with artists such as Nina Ramsby, Mats Öberg, The Core, Kullrusk, Ludvig Berghe, Lina Nyberg, Nacka Forum, Magnus Broo and of course with founder…


Added by Plugged Music Distribution on April 5, 2011 at 7:32am — No Comments

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