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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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Featured Blog Posts – August 2011 Archive (7)

A Drummer's Ears

As a drummer, there is nothing better than creating rhythmic patterns that present a foundation for the

other musicians to groove to.  The use of dynamics

is important in letting them shine.  There's a time for

a little 'piano' and a time for 'forte.'  A good drummer must know the difference between the two and

when to apply each. 

Added by Frank Catanzano on August 30, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

¨Hope Digital Series ( 2011): Samples¨

Gift ( Difference Multiply ZoomII Coordenadas Polares destelloLuminosos)…


Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on August 30, 2011 at 4:54am — No Comments

Octoberfest musicians needed for september 17th.

I am in need of brass (trumpet and trombone) and a keyboard/accordian for a gig in the south hills on Saturday september 17th, from 7-9 that pays $75 a musician. Gig requires knowledge of German Music, with some polkas,and anything in between ! Please contact Mike Sciomacco at 412-965-2725 ASAP !

Added by Michael Sciomacco on August 25, 2011 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Actually Useful Research About Younger Jazz Audiences (John Rogers for NPR)


The audience at the latest concert in WBGO's The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca series. There's a new study out on the jazz audience. And for once, it actually contains some pertinent information about younger jazz concertgoers — the demographic much bandied-about the last time there was significant data about live jazz crowds, and the one necessarily responsible for the future proliferation of jazz performances.

In 2009, the… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 17, 2011 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Record Industry Braces for Artists’ Battles Over Song Rights


Published: August 15, 2011

Since their release in 1978, hit albums like Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” Kenny Rogers’s “Gambler” and Funkadelic’s “One Nation Under a Groove” have generated tens of millions of dollars for record companies. But thanks to a little-noted provision in United States copyright law, those artists — and thousands more — now have the right to reclaim… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 16, 2011 at 3:34am — 1 Comment

Wtch out Batman, there's a Mousetrap in town!

It's true, Batman is filming in Pittsburgh, and I am pretty excited about it. In the heart of all the world's growing pains and insanity right now, somehow Hollywood manages to make it all shiny and new..... but as excited as I am for the caped crusader, I am far more thrilled to let you know, if you hadn't already heard.....

The larger than Lifesize Mousetrap is in town!!!!! These old friends of…

Added by Phat Man Dee on August 11, 2011 at 12:13am — No Comments

Local musicians vs musicians from somewhere else

I don't normally post my thoughts on this site when I am peeved , but I have to clear these thoughts. I played a gig this weekend with three of Pittsburgh"s best musicians: Mark Lucas, Brian Sanders, and Kevin Howard. These three guys as well as myself played with Ronnie Laws at the August Wilson Center a few months back. The guys and I discussed back on the Ronnie gig about how The "audiences" and promoters here in Pgh don't really appreciate the talent that lives here and this weekend was…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on August 8, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

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