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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



       In Her Own Words

This year the theme of DJF is 'A Love Supreme: The Philly/Detroit Summit' celebrating two great music cities The 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival will be celebrating the City of Brotherly Love throughout the Labor Day weekend, with Philadelphia-born bassist Christian McBride as the festival's artist-in-residence, a gaggle of artists from both cities, and several special projects. The largest free jazz festival in North America, the Detroit Jazz Festival will run Aug. 29th - Sept. 1st in downtown Detroit. Six stages will stretch from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, and Woodward Avenue will be blocked off between them to create a pedestrian corridor.

Headliners include: • Jimmy Heath • Benny Golson • Robin Eubanks • Pat Martino • Joey DeFrancesco • James Carter • Gerald Wilson (celebrating his 90th birthday) • Dianne Reeves • Roy Hargrove • Jim Hall • The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars • Brian Bromberg • Hot Club of Detroit • Randy Brecker • Kenny Barron • The Alice Coltrane tribute will feature an eye-popping quartet including her son Ravi Coltrane on saxophones, Charlie Haden on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and native Detroiter Geri Allen on piano. • Philly native Christian McBride will be the Artist-In-Residence. He'll curate an opening night Friday tribute to Marvin Gaye with Lalah Hathaway, lead his own band and join organist DeFrancesco and Detroit-born drummer Karriem Riggins for a set, and more!

Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation 19900 Harper Ave Harper Woods, MI 48225, United States +1 313-647-0149

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