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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

3rd Annual Each One, Teach One Music and Radio Conference,June 11, 2011


2011 Each One Teach One 3rd Music and Radio Conference
Sponsored by: New Pittsburgh Courier,, Arts Greenhouse, Umoja African Arts,

Black Music Education Project

CONTACT: Conference Coordinator, 412-506-0206

Kevin  Amos is assembling together once again a dynamic group of folks from international, local and national levels that he has been associated with throughout his 31 years in broadcasting and the arts. Amos has a rolodex filled with industry contacts. He's also seen the arts and media industries change in unprecedented ways -- for better and for worse -- as the digital revolution has unfolded.

On Saturday November 19, 2011, Amos will gather friends and colleagues from around the country for his third "Each One, Teach One" conference. This year the event will take place at the Union Project, a multi-purpose community center located in the Highland Park section of Pittsburgh's East End. (
The event brings together a wide array of music, broadcasting and journalism professionals, who discuss everything from the local music scene to navigating the ever-evolving world of online content.
It conference will take place from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
Topics in 2010 included copywright issues, preserving music history and musical legacy, how artists can get airplay on today's commerical radio, social media marketing and promtion in addition to how to develop projects within the local media community.

Amos states, "We have gotten some very exciting proposals from past participants as well as contributors who will take part on panels this year. The conference is important for young people,consumers, music fans in general as well as the artists. It provides an excellent opportunity for networking. The information that will be shared is invaluable and is being provided at no cost. The participants are donating their time and are willing to share information. Most conferences of this nature costs hundreds and in some cases, thousands of dollars. All we are asking everyone to do is just show up to take in the knowledge shared."

Bob Davis, owner and founder of and also the former black music director at gave the keynote address for the  2010 conference and moderated a panel on hip hop music, says the event was a great forum for sharing ideas and networking. Davis sums it up  by saying, "It introduced students and local artists to the many attendees from around the country, and allowed participants to brainstorm together. I'm looking forward to this year's conference. My observation of this event is that all of the participants, regardless of their role, were willing to make that level of commitment to each other. Watching important people from my distant past, interacting and making these levels of commitment to others that they had never met before about the future was an exciting thing for me to witness. And that is what inspired me."

Co-sponsorships for this groundbreaking annual event are available by contacting Kevin Amos :

Vendor inquiries are welcomed by email at:


You can register and get your entry ticket to the event at:

All other inquiries at our email address:
Conference coordinator: (412) - 415-0736
Here are some notes from the 2010 conference:

• Hip-Hop…at the crossroads
• Developing Community voices: Media justice for all
• Radio: Past, Present and Future
• Reggae and World music
• Preserving and sharing musical history
• Promotion and Marketing 101
• Blues and the abstract truth
• Independent Artists
• New technology application presentation

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