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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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Mandy Mason's Blog (11)


Added by Mandy Mason on January 18, 2011 at 8:59am — No Comments


This month is exactly two years ago that I met Gary "Brotherman" Branchaud. Not only one of the most talented bass players on the planet but also one of the coolest cats on earth! I have had the honor and the blessing of doing many many shows with Gary and more importantly, we have had some wonderful times together as friends. One of the best and many gifts that The Lord so graciously bestowed upon me when I moved to Nashville is the "Gift of Friendship." I have… Continue

Added by Mandy Mason on October 18, 2010 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment


Added by Mandy Mason on September 30, 2010 at 3:54am — No Comments

Hope to see everyone Sat. Night!

Added by Mandy Mason on September 29, 2010 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Mandy Mason 2010 Princess to the Clowns!

It is my honor and a blessing to do anything I can to raise attention and recognition to the greatness of the Children's Shriners Hospitals. The Shriners Clowns work tirelessly year round to perfect their show and do such a wonderful job. It is my humble honor to accept their invitation to be their Princess for the 2010 Shriners Circus of Nashville.


Added by Mandy Mason on September 21, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments


Added by Mandy Mason on September 20, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Skin Care Secrets of the Princess by Susan Higgins

Added by Mandy Mason on September 14, 2010 at 5:32pm — No Comments

How do you say thank you to someone who has changed your life?

Added by Mandy Mason on September 14, 2010 at 5:15am — No Comments

Nashville does know how to protect it's entertainers!!

Added by Mandy Mason on September 12, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Honoring Our Blues Legends!

Oh what a night! Last night I was

blessed in being a part of the Marion James Nashville Annual Blues

Reunion. As the great Bobby Hebb recently passed away his wonderful

family attended and we made the evening in remembrance of his great

work and contribution not only to the world of blues but also to

American Music. Last night was a time for us to honor in remembrance so

many great musicians, performers and writers…

Added by Mandy Mason on September 7, 2010 at 4:34am — No Comments


Please join me and my friends The Nashtones at The Preston Hotel Friday night. I will do a few songs with them but when they are not The Mandy Mason Band, this is their time to shine. Let's take an evening together and enjoy the great music of The Nashtones together.



Added by Mandy Mason on August 8, 2010 at 5:54pm — No Comments

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