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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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May 2010 Blog Posts (9)

Etta Cox CD

Does anyone know how to mail or phone-order Etta Cox's new CD, My Foolish Heart? I no longer live in Pittsburgh but heard this on the radio and I'd love to have it!!!

Added by Beverly Whiting on May 28, 2010 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Reflections in Rhythm with Greg Bridges

Greg has a musical conversation with up and coming artist Kev Choice.

You can share in the conversation by clicking on the…


Added by TDanyel on May 24, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments

Why you should care about Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania will soon embark on a massive project to examine and promote the historical and cultural impact created by Pennsylvanian musicians and the influences from radio and TV in the Commonwealth. Music will include comprehensive looks of all forms and genres including sacred, secular and commercial. Spoken word and video/film talents will also be included and acknowledged before and after the first PA radio broadcast near Pittsburgh at KDKA.

Our first “building” is the World…


Added by Bill Trousdale on May 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Brad Mehldau piano

Part of the Wigmore Hall Jazz Series

Friday 4 June 2010 - 7:30 PM

Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau is one of the most exciting musicians in his field today. A regular…


Added by Magdalena Vaida on May 22, 2010 at 9:16am — No Comments

My take on the situation with Dr. Bruce

Hi, this is Boomer, a neighbor and friend of Bruce (he’s been a family friend for over 20 years), and I assist him with recording at some of the gigs.

Bruce has been a fan of jazz for many years. His father was a trumpet player, and Bruce learned to play trumpet too. He went to a college for music studies where he learned to play the piano, and he listened to Tony Mowod on WYDD in the 1960s.

After a career in Chiropractic medicine, Bruce came back to Pittsburgh, worked for… Continue

Added by Boomer The Dog on May 15, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


greetings to all non musicians on the site, I need to speak to you. As some of you know I have been away from pittsburgh for about 7 or 8 years now and even though some of you have never heard of me or heard me play, I am one of many musicians that has helped keep jazz alive in pgh.. After a long time away I am coming back home to a more vibrant music scene than when I left, however the criminal element lives in the Burgh too! What I mean is this, you…

Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on May 15, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

I'm a Pittsburgh jazz fan, archivist, improvising enough to create a harmonic dream come true!

As we move into a new century of growth, excitement and development, especially music wise here in

Pittsburgh, it doesn't surprise me that there may be some confusion

and fear amongst my fellow musicians and friends. I'm not the first

Pittsburgher to suggest that Pittsburgh deserves a Jazz Artist Museum

of our own. That's why I created the internet sites of (Pgh Jazz Artist…


Added by Francis Bruce Marion, DC on May 14, 2010 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Benefit for Climate Ground Zero! Pop Up Pittsburgh! Awalim, Zafira and More!

Why should I do one show when I can do 3?
Especially when they are for such good causes!
On Sunday May 16, 2010 we are holding a benefit for…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 10, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments

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