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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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SHADD PIANOS - First ever black-owned piano manufacturer

The first ever Black-owned piano manufacturing business

Courier Editor

July 3, 2019

Warren Shadd

by Courier Newsroom

Warren Shadd, CEO and founder of Shadd Pianos, grew up around a family of musicians. He started breaking pianos apart and building them back up as a hobby when he was just 12-years old. Now, he makes…


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George Benson Has A Story To Tell - In his own words

George Benson Has A Story To Tell


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Professor Kenny Burrell, Renowned Jazz Guitarist Reaches Out -

Facing Homelessness And Crushing Medical Debt, A Renowned Jazz Guitarist Reaches Out


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SeeMe Exhibition, "Her Story" at the Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, NY .(March 28-31, 2019)…


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Unique Artwork Designs for your CD/DVD Project

Unique Artwork Designs for your CD/DVD Project

Marta G Bressi's digital works to those who might be searching for an original image to feature on the cover of their latest CD/DVD project.…


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FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

FACE THE NATION: ..State of the Union Address:

My Hometown - The Billy Jones Band…


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The Billy Jones Story: ...the times and travels of an american bluesman.

..genuine road-hardened delta blues outlaws. ..southern soul meets blues funk


...the times and travels of an authentic american blues band.…


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Lookie, Lookie Lookie!

January 30th marks the 108th birth anniversary of the incomparable, Roy Eldridge. To those aware of Roy Eldridge and his genius, I needn't go further. For those unaware, his skill as a trumpet player, is marked with  a fierce bravado coupled with a relaxed sense of swing. Roy Eldridge's genius can not be permitted to disappear through lackof interest and lack of understanding. Tune in to: on Wednesday, January 30th ALL DAY and hear Roy's music. A special presentation on Pittsburgh's…


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