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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 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Fancy Ass Records is looking for Jazz Artists! Submit your music now.

The Fancy Ass Records Int.  Jazz Division is wide open to accept Jazz Artists. Last Thursday, Fancy Ass Records Int. also opened the  Aspiring Artists Division Levels 1,2, and 3  as well as The Children's Division for children ages 12 and under. Please feel free to submit your music for label consideration.

Thank you so much for your friendship and support,…


Added by Fancy Ass Records on April 24, 2012 at 7:17pm — No Comments

But..... It was Ahmad Jamal!

Happy Jazz Appreciation month family….

 I dedicate this posting to my oldest brother, Clark Grayson, who if he had lived, would be celebrating his 60th birthday next month….

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, I wanted to share with you a funny family story about my brother Clark.…


Added by TDanyel on April 21, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Cocktails, Fire, Phat Man Dee!

Greetings and salutations good people!

I am so excited about the gigs I have coming up, and I hope you will be as well! If you don't know about them, allow me to share the knowledge!

Tomorrow on Saturday April 21, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., I am singing at the Backstage Bar at CLO Cabaret located at 655 Penn Ave, in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, beside Theater Square at Katz Plaza. There is no cover charge and I will be playing in…


Added by Phat Man Dee on April 21, 2012 at 5:03am — No Comments

my new residency!

I am currently playing an open-mic cabaret every Monday night from 8-10 at

Hambone's in Lawrenceville.

My new vocal trio, The Blue-hots, plays there periodically too.

Added by ian kane on April 14, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments

The African Origins of Jazz - Jazzed feature Article

The African Origins of Jazz

March 28, 2012

Lee Evans

By Lee Evans

In his brilliant 1968 analytical book on jazz, Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development (Oxford University Press) author Gunther Schuller makes a very strong case for jazz’s African origins, writing that “the analytic study in this chapter [Chapter 1, pages 3-62] shows that every musical element – rhythm, harmony, melody, timbre, and the basic forms of jazz – is essentially African in background and…


Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on April 6, 2012 at 5:08pm — No Comments

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