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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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November 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Caminhos_Sidnei Piedade

Existem tantos caminhos onde as gerações transgridem. Há uma chuva que cai e um frio que derrama no colo das horas, onde os rochedos se transformam em águas cristalinas. São caminhos que me levam a procurar meu destino, onde coloco riscos as minhas vontades soberanas...pois os caminhos que traço são linhas paralelas que seguram e enlaçam meu destino. Quando chega a saudade tenho vontade de chorar...pois o silêncio se transforma e vem me cobrar, onde… Continue

Added by Sidnei Piedade on November 28, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Prog Fans

Melodic Revolution Records is proud to release its first Holiday CD A Very Progressive Christmas. A Very Progressive Christmas Vol. 1 is a holiday series of songs that will stir emotions and inspire us all. Featuring some of the finest independent and international prog bands performing music with a progressive holiday flair. This CD is an eclectic mix of traditional classic holiday music such as: We Three Kings by Kurt Tischer of Temple 8; thematic… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on November 27, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Pittsburghers, Eddie Russ, Leon Cook and Kwasi Jayourba

I added two tunes with Pittsburghers performing. Eddie Russ doing, Don't Tell My Neighbors. Leon Cook and Kwasi Jayourba on "Bean's" with Jimmy McGriff and Richard 'Groove' Holmes. Enjoy....

Added by Frank B. Greenlee on November 24, 2009 at 4:31am — No Comments



That's precisely what happens when musicians jam during the YINZIDE OUT Showcase Events. Those of you who made it to the first event at the Grove....KUDOS to you; wow. You know who you are.

The synergy at last night's performance proved this needs to happen. With every beat of the drum, strum of the gueeetar, varied vocalists sweet styles, bass booms and dynamics created therein, an energy built until you couldn't help but want more.

Those… Continue

Added by jackie day on November 23, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Are Artists Doing ALL They Can To Help PROMOTE THEIR GIGS ?

While it is the job of the person organizing the event to promote, promote, promote I wonder if the actual participants (the musicians) do all they can to help their cause.

Do folks help spread the word through their personal network, tell friend or fans where the next gig is and how they can support. the venue and promoter by doing this?

Is it just the job of the promoter to get the word out? Should this be a colaboration with the artist? If folks don't promote their… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on November 22, 2009 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Under-paid/appreciated musicians!

While I've only been at this promoting business for a short time (compared to most of you musicians out there), one conversation that continues to surface is the $money$ talk. One thing I've definitely picked up on is.....YOU ARE UNDER PAID AND UNDER APPRECIATED BY VENUE OWNERS! Ok, now that i've gotten that off my chest....I'm wondering if we can open a dialogue on this issue. I don't really have answers, but wonder how others feel about this topic and if they have any answers to share with… Continue

Added by jackie day on November 21, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment


Hello to my music and radio family. Sorry for the mass email but iIwanted to put this out there for you to consider. Please get back to me as soon as possible if you would like to participate in some way.

On January 16, 2010 I will be holding my second music and radio conference at Carnegie-Mellon University where my radio program originates from. At this time I inviting all of you to take an active part if you can. I am seeking participants on panels covering Jazz, Blues, R&B,… Continue

Added by Kevin Amos on November 20, 2009 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Impressions from 30.Leverkusener Jazztage 2009 !

Enjoy the Impressions from the 30.Lev.Jazztage 07.-15.Nov.2009

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Added by Schrubbel on November 12, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Antoinette Manganas's duet with Howard Hewett..

Many thanks to Terence Jackson and Mike Scott Jazz show for featuring my duet "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE" with the soulful Howard Hewett!! Please follow link and call in!

Added by Antoinette Manganas on November 11, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Looking For A Jazz Korg X3

Hey Hey, Looking for a KORG X3 - To put in some vintage sounds into my mixing and tracks for an upcoming project. Make sure the old school disc drive works as well. Get back to me if you own one and want to sell it. If you are shipping to me = a hard case is a must. You can hear a sample of this powerful machine here: Email me at Or Connect on Facebook …


Added by damir on November 7, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Pitt Jazz Week 2009

Pitt Jazz Week 2009 to Feature Community Outreach Activities, Lecture, Film, and Nov. 7 Concert

International jazz masters to perform at 39th annual event

PITTSBURGH-Jazz enthusiasts from throughout the region will be on the University of Pittsburgh campus Nov. 3 though Nov. 7 for the 39th annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, the longest-running event of its kind in the United States.

A stellar group of international jazz musicians will hold free on-campus… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 7, 2009 at 5:16am — No Comments

Kenny Fisher plays with the angels; Pittsburgh jazz icon passes at 69

The New Pittsburgh Courier Written by Christian Morrow - Courier Staff Writer Thursday, 05 November 2009 13:12 Kenny Fisher didn’t talk much, but his saxophone spoke volumes to those lucky enough to have heard him play. “Fish,” as his friends called him, was one of the last links to Pittsburgh’s heyday as a jazz mecca—he knew everyone and played everywhere; the Loendi Club, the Hurricane and the old Crawford Grill. On Oct. 25, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Fisher played his last solo, he… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on November 6, 2009 at 6:26am — No Comments

John "Squirrel" Mosley

Great article on Squirrel, along with 2 great videos.

Added by Paul Thompson on November 4, 2009 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments

Kenny Fisher

Kenny was one of a kind . He always was helpful and humble with me. I just found out tha he passed an am lost for words . All I will say now is that Heaven has another music master. Peaceful Rhythms Allways, Harold Walker

Added by Harold Walker on November 3, 2009 at 12:32am — No Comments

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