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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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J. Malls's Blog (3)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pgh Vinyl Convention debuts Saturday October 8th, 2011


Hello everyone,

I'm collaborating with Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill to organize and promote Pittsburgh's newest record show, the Pgh Vinyl Convention, which is presented in association with the  VIA Music & New Media Festival 2011. VIA is a music festival that's going to be in East Liberty in October. Here goes the…


Added by J. Malls on September 13, 2011 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Blogging about my blog --->

Hey PJN Ppl,

I wanted to make everyone aware of this new project that I'm working on, I DIG PGH. It isn't exactly new because I started working on it 6 years ago, but I finally started making the info public last month. Anyhow, I've been collecting and researching local records for a while now, officially for the past 6 years I suppose. I guess I started accumulating them when I was 15. I'm creating a resource to document them now.… Continue

Added by J. Malls on August 23, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Free download of my new summer mix ...

Hey Pittsburgh Jazz Network. I uploaded a new mix last week. It's summer-themed and it's called The Kool-Aid Mix Vol. 1. Here goes more info:

For the most part this mix is kind of mellow/mid-tempo … definitely appropriate for the early hours of the cook out, or for when you’re chilling out and trying to enjoy the summer months. I had a lot of left over tracks and there’s lots of other tracks that I started coming up on once the mix was completed (some more obvious than others), so… Continue

Added by J. Malls on June 13, 2009 at 8:12pm — No Comments

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