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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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The Brian Edwards Excursion's Blog – March 2011 Archive (6)

Ronnie Laws coming to Pittsburgh.......









Saxophone legend , Ronnie Laws will be playing at the August Wilson Center on…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 24, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Excursion appearing @......




                                                      The Brian Edwards Excursion


 will be appearing at Cafe' Notte Saturday April 2, 9pm-12pm. This promises to be a night of great music in one of the cities best venues with…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 23, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Rest in Peace Luther!

Another brick in the Pittsurgh foundation of jazz has transitioned. Thank you for some great times and great music,

Rest in peace Luther!!


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 11, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Wed. March 16

The Brian Edwards Excursion will be playing at Little E's Wed. March 16 from 8-11pm.

Brian Edwards-Drums

Howie alexander-Keys

Tony Campbell-Sax



Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 10, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Thank you!!!!!!!!

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Cafe' Notte this saturday, the place was PACKED! I also want to thank Howie Alexander, Judy Fiegel, and Terrance Vaughn for jamming with the band, you guys brought it. If you missed missed it!!! We will however be at Little E's wed. 3-16 from 8-11. Stop By amd check out the show.


Thank you again Pittsburgh!



Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 7, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

The Brian Edwards Trio Saturday



The Brian Edwards Trio will be appearing Saturday March 5 at Cafe' Notte 8-11!


Brian E. Edwards-drums/vocals

Joe Munroe-keys/vocals…


Added by The Brian Edwards Excursion on March 2, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

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