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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



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August 2008 Blog Posts (20)

Anywhere but the Burgh. Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten at the Keswick Theater, 8-19-08

Now...before you folks start going off on a tangent let's not get it twisted, ok? There is great music in Pittsburgh. Just not enough of it and the failure by some promoters and other folks to get some of these big tours. It's not just Jazz but across the board. It gives me a migrane trying to figure out folks here, but I do love my home.

There have been some great shows and great concepts this summer. Poggie Bell at Market Square, Dwayne Dolphin's CD release shows at not one but… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on August 29, 2008 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Eric Kloss...why is he the forgotten man?

Folks....please read the following report I saw today. The similar circumstances have ocurred to Eric Kloss and from my last encounter with he and his wife Cindy he is not getting any better either. Why doesn't anyone believe them? Eric is also suffering from a rare nervous condition. Perhaps if some of you see this perhaps we can finally do something. No one deserves to live like this. Even though many folks have issues with his wife and her "controlling" nature it bothers me to know that they… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on August 29, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments


Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:37pm — No Comments


Another year has gone by and I am given, one more time, the privilege to invite, in the name of the organizers, the jazz fans of Brasov and not only, to take part in a new international jazz celebration, here, at the Tampa´s feet. KRONSTADT JAZZ FESTIVAL IS GOING ON! What we started, last year, would continue with a new edition, at least as attractive as the previous one and definitely, a bigger one! This year too, the organizers of the event, Brasov… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 29, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Earn Money Listening to Music! (Pittsburgh) - Craiglist

Reply to: see below

Date: 2008-08-22, 3:21PM EDT

Media Research Now, a market research firm serving clients worldwide, is seeking individuals in the Pittsburgh area to participate in a PAID research study. These groups will be conducted Tuesday, August 26 in the afternoon/evening hours. Each group will last about 2 hours, and you will be paid $60 upon completion of the group.

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please visit this website to see if you… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 25, 2008 at 2:58am — No Comments


The Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame

Monday, February 19, 2007

Compiled by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A list of people who were inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame. Where available, achievements are noted.


• Henry Fiore

• Howard Russell

• Mary Lois Verilla (the woman who paints Pittsburgh)


• Al Aarons -- performed with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones,…

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 23, 2008 at 5:13am — No Comments


Mosley sculpts a lifetime of passion By C. Denise Johnson | Courier Staff Writer “My sculpture is an urban Afro-American-Euro-Jazz influenced art. It is an effort to create works of vitality and identity which enhance space and transcend time.” If you’ve ever been down Herron Avenue between Bigelow Boulevard and Centre Avenue, you may notice an abstract looking piece of artwork that marks the Martin Luther King Reading Room and Cultural Center on Milwaukee Street; that piece of chiseled… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 22, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments



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Roy Harris at (305) 609-2849


August 13, 2008 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dr. Leo Casino will return home to Pittsburgh to perform for, and talk to, youth incarcerated at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County Jail on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008.… Continue

Added by DR. LEO CASINO on August 17, 2008 at 3:40pm — No Comments


The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad is a partnership between Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed to foster cultural exchange with audiences worldwide through performance and educational outreach. Selected ensembles tour to such regions as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for approximately one month. International… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 8:14pm — 9 Comments

Musicians to pay tribute to Turrentine brothers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Bob Karlovits TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, August 14, 2008 For Mike Tomaro and Marty Ashby, paying tribute to the jazz legacies of Stanley and Tommy Turrentine is as natural as having a picnic in the summer. It seems only appropriate they are doing it at a free, late afternoon concert in Highland Park. "Stanley was a huge influence on me," says saxophonist Tomaro, who also is an arranger and head of jazz studies at Duquesne University. "Matter of fact, anyone who plays this instrument owes… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2008 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Detroit International Jazz Festival

This year the theme of DJF is 'A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit Summit' celebrating two great music cities The 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival will be celebrating the City of Brotherly Love throughout the Labor Day weekend, with Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride as the festival's artist-in-residence, a gaggle of artists from both cities, and several special projects. The largest free jazz festival in North America, the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:45am — No Comments

Vama Veche (Romania) hosts Stufstock Festival this weekend

The line up includes Apocalyptica, Harry Tavitian, dEUS and Jean-Luc Ponty. Apocalyptica, Deus and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty head the bill of the Stufstock Festival that started on Thursday in Vama Veche and which is set to end on Saturday night. 11 foreign bands and 15 Romanian bands will take part in the three-day festival. A total number of 17 bands will perform on the main stage located in Marina Park. Likewise, 9 young bands will perform on a… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 16, 2008 at 6:25am — 1 Comment


by Peter Weddle In tough economic times, it may seem out of place to talk about pursuing one's dreams. For many of us, such an endeavor is far too lofty and maybe even dangerously naive when just finding a job is the order of the day. Having been out of work myself from time-to-time, I am very respectful of this view. I've also learned, however, that it is absolutely wrong. The time to get it right - the time to acknowledge and act on your dreams - is… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 14, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Gullifty's has reopened!

After been closed for a couple of weeks, Gullifty's reopened last night. Of course, the reason I mention this is that OPEK is playing there Friday night, and I want to convince as many people as possible to attend. So do come by and celebrate with us, won't you?

Added by Ben Opie on August 14, 2008 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

In Colours (2008): More digital images

Alguna Vez...

De las Altas Cumbres

El Crepúsculo de las Altas Cumbres

Observando a la Pachamama

Altas Cumbres… Continue

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on August 13, 2008 at 11:22pm — No Comments

MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO tonight at 6-8 p.m. EST

Join Diva JC with Suzanne Brooks, Renaissance Woman on

If you miss the show, tune in for the archives.

Wednesday 6 - 8 p.m. EST

Added by WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. on August 13, 2008 at 10:24pm — No Comments


Join Diva JC, host of MUSICWOMAN TALK RADIO on Wednesday at 6-8 p.m. EST, interviewing women who compose and perform their own music and women who produce events. Go to: and register to CHAT.
Tags: career, composer, composition, divajc, instrument, instrumental, internet, music, musician, online

Added by Diva JC on August 12, 2008 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Isaac Hayes, Deep-Voiced Soul Icon, Is Dead at 65

August 10, 2008

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 8:56 p.m. ET With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie ''Shaft'' not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Hayes' career. Yet the ''Theme from Shaft,'' which would earn both Grammys and an Oscar, was just a snippet of the groundbreaking music for which Hayes -- who… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 11, 2008 at 3:33am — 2 Comments

Spotlight On Jazz And Poetry - ONI LASANA

Oni Lasana "desired poet of the people" was born and raised in North Philadelphia during the height of the Civil Rights era in America. She was deeply affected and involved in the Black Consciousness Movement. An avid traveler, she pursued a life course to bring positive awareness of African American and Caribbean culture to communities worldwide. She spent a successful career in the music industry as a publisher and promoter of Black music in the… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:22am — No Comments

Al Jarreau to open the Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival

The stage of Bucharest Masters of Jazz will also host Dianne Reeves, Five Peace Band – Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The Bucharest Masters of Jazz Festival, due to take place in Bucharest during October 23 – November 5, will be opened by an extraordinary concert performed by the great Al Jarreau, Media Services Events announces. The unique vocal style of Al Jarreau and his innovations in the field of music turned him into one of the most… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on August 9, 2008 at 4:20am — No Comments

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