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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 – December 2011 Archive (6)

Extra Special Savoy Jazz Night to start the New Year!!!

Another great night of jazz at Savoy this past Monday (12/26).  Shawnee Lake was on fire!  Thanks to everyone who shared their day after Christmas with us here at Savoy, listening to great music.  And we’re not done with this holiday season just yet!  The day after New Year’s day (1/2/12), is going to start off the year of jazz at Savoy with bang! 

Pittsburgh is well known for its rich history of exceptional jazz masters who got their start right here.  Recent years show that this…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 28, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

A Pittsburgh Music Christmas

Happy Holidays from Pittsburgh Music History

Enjoy Christmas Tunes from Pittsburgh Musicians

Pittsburgh Music Christmas Playlist


Featuring great holiday music from Pete Hewlett, Jackie Evancho, Christina…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 24, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Christmas thank you to fans of Savoy Jazz

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  These past few months since Savoy Jazz Night started have been simply amazing.  My hope was to put together a night of jazz at Savoy that would bless Pittsburgh jazz fans the way I have been blessed by this most amazing music, Jazz!  Your wonderful support is the best gift I could get this Christmas.  Savoy will continue to present the best jazz around, stay tuned!.  Thanks for your support!  Charlie…


Added by Charlie G. Sanders on December 23, 2011 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

“Mad Man of Music and Many Voices” Who Promoted Jazz

Pittsburgh Music History


Sterling Yates

Musician, Comedic Actor, and Radio and TV Host who promoted Jazz on KDKA and WQED

Read his story at…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 14, 2011 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Honoring 1930s Jazz Imprersario Sellers McKee Hall

Pittsburgh Music History

Remembering Sell Hall 

Jazz Impresario and Sportsman 

Sell brought the big swing bands to the Labor Temple and Pythian Temple for his popular dances during the 1920s and 1930s.  He began as a star athlete with the Monticellos basketball team, the Homestead Grays, and the American…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 8, 2011 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

The Musician's Club -The Social Hub of Jazz -The Dome of the Capital

Pittsburgh Music History

Remembering the Musician's Club of Local 471

Based on the great research of Colter Harper and

Charles Austin's oral history…


Added by Paul Carosi on December 3, 2011 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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