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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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Phat Man Dee's Blog – March 2011 Archive (4)

Phat Man Dee singing Three Times this weekend!

You heard it here first folks, if you are in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, 
I would love to see your…

Added by Phat Man Dee on March 25, 2011 at 4:55am — No Comments

Spring, Song, Phat Man Dee and you!

Hello friends! just a quick shout out to remind you that tonight, on St Patrick's Day 2011 I am singing at the Smiling Moose on Pittsburgh's glorious and historic South Side, as an opener for the everyone's favorite circus sideshow cum hip hopper from Cleveland, Bushwalla! Also playing is Caleb Lovely!

I would love to see you, it shall be a phabulous evening of musical righteouscity...

I saw Bushwalla when he emceed the Jason Mraz tour last…

Added by Phat Man Dee on March 17, 2011 at 4:15am — No Comments

Phat Man Dee w/ Rusted Root and Bushwalla!

Friends, last week I suggested Spring was about to be sprung, and for our wonderful show with Coyote Run and it seemed that I was right, of course once they took their magical gaelic goodness away, the green and warm weather seemed to follow them, but they were not the only trick up my phat little sleeve! If you came to that show, I thank you for your…

Added by Phat Man Dee on March 8, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments

This Sat! Coyote Run w/ Terry Griffith & Phat Man Dee

Spring is desperately attempting to get sprung and I for one hope you  will join us on Sat night and help it along!  I know I have mentioned this show in past email/blog blasts, but the weekend is nigh and I am  really excited about it. …


Added by Phat Man Dee on March 2, 2011 at 2:35am — No Comments

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