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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



       In Her Own Words

December 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Time for a New Beginning

"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges"

~Martin Luther King, Jr

It goes without saying that this year has been a tough one for many of us; Musique Noire is no exception. Within the group we've had marriages, welcomed babies, lost loved ones dear to us and worked through financial difficulties.

But one thing has stayed constant. . .the support we've received from… Continue

Added by Musique Noire on December 31, 2009 at 5:03am — No Comments

Darden Purcell's CD Easy Living

Pittsburgh jazz Network member and Randy Purcell's daughter-in- law - Darden Purcell, just released the CD Easy Living. She is a jazz vocalist working on her doctorate in Illinois. The CD is great! She is a wonderful singer and Shawn did the arrangements and played guitar on the CD. Darden has had a rating in the top 100 on CD Baby and it just placed #14 in the Illinois Roots Radio Airplay Charts! Check it out on CD Baby and buy it there if possible since she has been hitting the ratings… Continue

Added by Leslie Purcell Upchurch on December 30, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments


Added by Ms. Felecia on December 28, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Happy New Year 2009 !

I wish you all a Happy New Year 2010 ! Hope your dreams come true ! Best Wishes Schru.
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Added by Schrubbel on December 28, 2009 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Synthesis helps honor legacy of Chuck Cooper

Written by Renee P. Aldrich Wednesday, 23 December 2009 12:17 Aside from being the home of an historic football team that has won six Super Bowl rings, Pittsburgh is full of hidden treasurers when it comes to finding African- Americans who’ve made an indelible mark on society. "There are of course the musicians like

Billy Strayhorn, Erroll Garner, Mary Lou Williams, to name a few, who have had international musical careers, and all born in Pittsburgh. There have also been… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 24, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Christmas Art 2009 Series: Samples

Noche de Navidad Differente

Arbol de Navidad( DifferenceII Sine Glass)

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Noche de Navidad ( Difference Continue

Added by Marta Graciela Bressi on December 22, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Cry for Help – The Darfour Project

Melodic Revolution Records plans on releasing a concept compilation CD tentatively titled “A Cry For Help” an album that will focus on and help bring attention to the atrocities of Darfour. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to this cause but it’s not as much about the money as it’s about bringing awareness to and hopefully being just one proponent in helping make a change in Darfour

We all know what a powerful impact music is and has been to help bring awareness and sometimes… Continue

Added by Melodic Revolution on December 21, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

College Essay Vs Personal Statement

Usually colleges have their own guidelines when it comes to college essay for admission or personal statements. It depends on what the actual college requires. You should consider that the colleges look at more than just college essays for admission statements; they look at your grades, GPA, class standing, extracurricular activities, and school service before… Continue

Added by Maria Pittman on December 12, 2009 at 4:28am — No Comments

Happy Birthday Dr. Nelson Harrison

Happy Birthday Dr. Nelson Harrison!

Good Luck & Keep Healthy !

from all the members of CologneJazzArt !

Schrubbel ,Maria Theresia,Anna,Gina,Borra,Marta,Lecchi,

DuplexAche,Mario,TracingArcs,Antoinette,Matthias,Camila,Eva ,Victor,

Sanja,internalflights,LeClara,massako shirato, Bonny,Cupcake,Brandon,Roseva,Trent,Candies,Lady B.,Mrs. Silky Silky Soul,Ray, Dragontesa Leuzzi Perez, Benny Reid, Kristin Sevaldsen,Pixieguts,Sigurdór,

ahmed… Continue

Added by Schrubbel on December 12, 2009 at 12:24am — No Comments

Vibraphoning home: Steve Nelson returns for rare Pittsburgh concert


Thursday, December 03, 2009

By Peter B. King, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cees van de Ven

Steve Nelson

You might not recognize the name Steve Nelson unless you're a hard-core jazz fan. Or a jazz musician. Plenty of his colleagues know and appreciate the East Liberty native's virtuoso vibraphone playing -- they call on him regularly to tour and record. From stints with pianist Kenny Barron and sax man David "Fathead" Newman to globe-trotting with ex-Miles Davis… Continue

Added by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 8, 2009 at 11:54pm — No Comments


My grandparents have joined up with a traveling group that will be making a trip to Pittsburgh and Phillidelphia next spring. Part of the group contract is that they must have short term health insurance up to a certain level to ensure that if something happens and they need heart… Continue

Added by Howard Strang on December 8, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Thank You

I just want to thank: Luther D, Kenny Blake, Vince Taglieri, Kevin Amos, Rashida, Malika and the people who attended our Sunday night jazz showcase. It was a blast playing with you guys and we plan on some future dates. I will keep everyone posted.


Added by Anne Annie Friedland on December 4, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Cj's jam session


Added by Dwayne Dolphin on December 4, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Rajasthan - The Land of Sand Dunes

Rajasthan is a state in India that is mainly remembered for it’s being a desert area. The sand dunes are a point of attraction for tourists in the western part of this state and camels that are now used for entertainment purposes mostly were once upon a time the only means of commutation here. Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Ranthambhore etc are some of the great houses of sand dunes and the shining sand attract everyone. Though Rajasthan is mainly known for sand dunes and the desert; there are several… Continue

Added by Jenny Franklin on December 2, 2009 at 11:38am — No Comments

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