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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

May 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Chuck Austin passes

Chuck Austin

Founder and President of the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh, an executive board member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union, and a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, Chuck Austin was a versatile musician as well as a strong advocate for the preservation of jazz history. He was even honored by The City of Pittsburgh when February 8, 2011 was proclaimed to be Chuck Austin Day.

Pittsburgh musician Chuck Austin passed away 5:35am on May…


Added by Kevin Amos on May 28, 2012 at 3:47pm — 7 Comments

Tomorrow Phat Man Dee at Savoy & next week at BRGR!


I hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful weather currently

blessing Pittsburgh. I am chugging along, making progress here and

there, making new fans wherever I can and expanding the community of

phabulous and phreaky jazz lovers, be it in a room filled with sideshow

dancers and burlesque glass walkers, in fancy high end jazz supper

clubs or gourmet burger joints with delicious parmesan dusted…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 25, 2012 at 9:43pm — No Comments

History of Pittsburgh Jazz Documentary

After immersing myself in the Pittsburgh music scene over the past few months, I have decided to embark on a new journey- making a short film surrounding the history of jazz and blues in Pittsburgh and what the scene is transforming into today.


Many outsiders may not know that years ago, Pittsburgh was the center of jazz. National artists like Lena Horne could have practically called the Iron City their second home, and many local musicians such as Earl "Fatha" Hines and…


Added by Chelsey Engel on May 14, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Stan Gilmer & Friends @ The Suitland Community Center 8-10 PM

Suitland Community Center

5600 Regency Lane
Forestville, MD 20747
301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Added by Stan Gilmer on May 12, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

I ask my friends to help me help

                           ¨ Art Takes Times Square¨

                                              A massive exhibition in Times Square (summer 2012) 

 I invite you to see my Digital Images and help me have more chances with the jury in the selection…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on May 9, 2012 at 4:53pm — No Comments

¨ Calm and Wait¨ Digital Series ( 2012) samples

Calm and wait ( DifferenceII MultiplyII Pinceladas Destello)

Calm and Wait ( zoom I DiifferenceII,color burn Bordes A…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on May 7, 2012 at 2:37am — No Comments

Don't Say "Break a Leg" - Say "Pop a Pastie!"

Or that is what I am told anyways..... Come see for yourself, tonight!…

Added by Phat Man Dee on May 4, 2012 at 6:19am — No Comments

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