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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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October 2008 Blog Posts (15)


Added by Nancy Dunaiski on October 30, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Debut Album "Good Hair" Now Available!

In addition to Digstation, our CD is now available at CD Baby ( We appreciate your support!

Added by Musique Noire on October 29, 2008 at 2:57am — No Comments

Pictures from Our CD Release Party!

And what a party it was! Over 100 people came out to support our debut release.

Here are some of the pictures, courtesy of

Added by Musique Noire on October 29, 2008 at 2:55am — No Comments

Become a fan or listen & vote for my songs..

No Te Apures (Don't Worry), by Carlos Jimenez on OurStage

Added by Carlos Jimenez on October 24, 2008 at 12:36pm — No Comments

AAMI Boys' Choir Tour Summer 2007

Sounding out STAX in Memphis

8:45 a.m. 7/16/2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Afro-American Music Institute's Boys' Choir visited Memphis in an exchange with the STAX Music Academy Youth Tour, who visited Pittsburgh a month or so ago.

AAMI instructor Gabriel Gray filed this report:

July 13th: the Boys' Choir performed and toured at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. They sang the African National Anthem accapella in the lobby and then toured what was before… Continue

Added by Afro-American Music Institute, Inc on October 23, 2008 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday to us!

IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN to the Open Stage at the Irwin Eagle's (first, check your pulse) you have been missing…


Added by Mystic Knights on October 20, 2008 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Benjy Myaz and friends - polished, soothing, inspiring

Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

It certainly was not a night of "long story short", as Benjy Myaz called his last album released three years ago. On the contrary, with the help of friends singers A'Lisa, Charmaine Limonius and the Guyanese born saxophonist Courtney Fadlin, Myaz, the artiste, on Friday, gave the full length at the Red Bones Blues Café.

A singer, bass player and producer, Benjy delivered a most electic set covering a wide… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Benjy Myaz' 'Werks' delight at RedBones

published: Wednesday | October 8, 2008

Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer

At times Benjy Myaz relaxed on a high stool and led with his guitar, at other points he came front and centre and led with his voice, still with plucking the strings. Sometimes his voice stood on its own, at one point it alternated with special guest A'lisa, at others it gave way to Charmaine Limonius, just as he did with the guitar and saxophone of Courtney Fadlin.

In all cases the musician and singer, along with… Continue

Added by Benjy Myaz on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Jam session ~ Smilin Dave and Friends @ the Royal Place Tuesdays

In case ya hadn't heard about it yet, come on out and join us @ the Royal Place Tuesday nights.

Added by Mystic Knights on October 9, 2008 at 10:51pm — No Comments


A friend of mine posted this in another fourm and I thought it was perfect for this one as well... KA


According to the "experts", if the election were held today, Senator

Obama would win.

Many of those experts are suggesting that a "generational shift" is


History has proven that when "generational shifts" occur, it means big

changes for the culture.

If we accept those three things as a fact for just a…

Added by Kevin Amos on October 9, 2008 at 12:08pm — No Comments

"Good Hair" Now Available for Download!

Hi everyone!

Our debut CD, "Good Hair" is now available in download form only at Digstation ( For those of you that like your music digital, this is a great place to get your downloads, because 100% of the profits go to the artists--unlike iTunes.

Our CD will be available for purchase shortly through CD Baby and other outlets, for those of you who want a physical CD.

And, of course, it will be available at the CD Release Party on October… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on October 7, 2008 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Transylvania Jazz Festival 2008

15-19 October 2008 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Program: Wednesday 15.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Yaron Herman (Israel) - Anca Parghel Band (România) Thursday 16.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Boys Band Trio (Polonia) - Olivier Gatto Sextet (Franţa, Italia) Friday 17.10.2008 21:00 – Students House - Jacky Terrasson (SUA, Franţa) - Harry Tavitian & Orient Express (România) Saturday 18.10.2008 18:00 – Students House - Hungarian Band (Ungaria) -… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on October 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live performances every month from the legendary New York jazz club. Upcoming Concerts Tues., Sept. 16: Chris Potter Underground Wed., Oct. 8: Bill Charlap Trio Wed., Oct. 29: Jenny Scheinman Group Wed., Nov. 19: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Wed., Dec. 17: Cedar Walton Quartet About This Series One of the world's preeminent jazz venues, the Village Vanguard has presented nearly… Continue

Added by Magdalena Vaida on October 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments



Age 79, of Pittsburgh, peacefully on Saturday September 27, 2008; husband of Delores Tucker; father of Judith Seibert of Philadelphia, Lovella Spaulding, Vivian Crawley, Florence Glenn, Noel Webb, and Charles Crawley; brother of Bernard Tucker of Philadelphia. Memorial Service to be held on a later date. Professional services entrusted to COSTON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-661-5916

Send condolences at… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on October 2, 2008 at 11:46pm — No Comments

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