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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

June 2011 Blog Posts (11)


I am very proud to announce the completion of "Stowaway". The long wait is over.

To my fans and friends whom have kept the faith,this one is for you.

The website is up and the store is open for business.

Please visit and send me a line.


Added by Doug Jackson on June 26, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments

Sempre ao seu lado_Sidnei Piedade

        Apesar dos desencontros, ao seu lado sigo meu destino, pois foi um anjo que entrou na minha vida...e sinto que é mais forte que a paixão. Você me envolveu com seu jeito de ser , difícil não lembrar do que nunca se esqueceu...pois seu amor ainda é meu. Gosto de…

Added by Sidnei Piedade on June 23, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Sinto falta de você_Sidnei íedade

       Me lembro dos momentos que passamos juntos, do seu olhar , jeito de sorrir e andar...sinto saudades e a falta que você me faz. Você é a minha luz iluminando meu viver , só me restam memórias  pedindo mais uma chance para te ver. Você me chamava de sonhador...pois agora…

Added by Sidnei Piedade on June 23, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

A look back

Here is a recording by and archival pictures of Fate Marable. He has been called the founding of the Pittsburgh jazz piano tradition. This is worth a look and listen.

Added by bob studebaker on June 23, 2011 at 3:38am — No Comments

Reeva Memorial/Crohn's Foundation benefit 2mrw & th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee next Thursday!

Hey, hey, hey! My phantasmagorical phat-o-licious phan base and super phriends!

I hope this letter of intent meets you well. I intend to do much as I have done before, which is sing, and hope you listen. By your reading of this letter, you indirectly agree you shall listen, and hopefully I will sing.
Now we have all the legal bases covered, upcoming show listings…

Added by Phat Man Dee on June 18, 2011 at 12:03am — No Comments

Free-Doe Bad B***

Bad Bitch Ft. Gansta Marcus,Lil Reese & Free-Doe by… Continue

Added by Gansta Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 4:01am — No Comments

Oklahoma Mixtapes Vol1

"where we from" Vol1 Mixtape by… Continue

Added by Gansta Marcus on June 14, 2011 at 3:58am — No Comments

Boycott WDUQ and WYEP!

You may already be aware of this -- Save Our WDUQ has decided to organize a boycott, asking everyone who is a member of either WDUQ or WYEP to cancel their membership immediately and not pledge again unless and until Essential Public Media compromises and agrees to keep a substantial amount of jazz on the air at 90.5 FM. 
We see no reason why a one-hour daily call-in show and investigative reporting can't co-exist…

Added by Mary Barr on June 10, 2011 at 12:48pm — 8 Comments

Mouthpieces for sale

I am selling several sax and clarinet
mouthpieces I've accumulated over the years. All are in excellent shape,
most rarely played and are listed below. Please let me know if you are
interested or would like to see pictures.

Thank you,


SR Tech Tenor Fusion .108
SR Tech Tenor Pro .115
SR Tech Tenor Europa .106
Jody Jazz Clarinet #6 with spoiler
Bari Clarinet Buddy DeFranco Model BDF 1

Added by Carmen Petote on June 8, 2011 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Teaching Trumpet Lessons Again

Hi Everyone,


I hope all is well.


I wanted to let everyone know I'm teaching trumpet students again in my new rebuilt studio.


I'm getting around better and back to playing trumpet again.


I teach all styles from classical to jazz.


Please feel free to call for more info.




Ed Skirtich



Added by Ed Skirtich on June 5, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Ray Bryant

New York Times

Ray Bryant, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 79


Published: June 3, 2011

Ray Bryant, a jazz pianist whose sensitivity and easy authority made him a busy accompanist and a successful solo artist, beginning in the mid-1950s, died on Thursday 6/2/2011. He was 79.

His wife of 20 years, Claude Bryant, said he died at New York Hospital Queens after a long illness. He lived in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Mr. Bryant had a firm touch and an unshakable… Continue

Added by Len Bryant on June 5, 2011 at 1:48am — 3 Comments

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