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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

Benefit for Climate Ground Zero! Pop Up Pittsburgh! Awalim, Zafira and More!

Why should I do one show when I can do 3?
Especially when they are for such good causes!
On Sunday May 16, 2010 we are holding a benefit for
Climate Ground Zero!
“Go Tell it on the Mountain”
Pittsburgh musicians shall perform at a benefit concert to raise funds to send to Climate Ground Zero as they work to defend the mountain tops in West Virginia from the affects of blast mining for coal by Massey Energy. In the incredibly toxic and devastating process that is mountain top blast mining for coal, mountains are leveled, valleys filled, miners lost, streams turned to poison and whole towns washed away. Climate Ground Zero is dedicated to fighting this through legal civil disobedience and protest. In support of their work and in recognition of their need for funding towards their own legal battles we are having a benefit concert.
Hosted by Phat Man Dee , Vincent Eirene, Matt Peters and the Shadow Lounge. Performers to Machete, Phat Man Dee, Miguel Sague Jr., Kirik Hava, Typewriter Girls, Colter Harper and Miguel Sague III. Also featuring speaker Mike Roselle of Climate Ground Zero & Earth First! and a video screening by Coal Stories.
Tickets are $10 or more at the door, 21+., Doors open at 6:30, showtime at 7:00 pm

Raffle with locally donated eco friendly prizes all proceeds from door and raffle to benefit Climate Ground Zero.

And the day before on the Saturday May 15, 2010, I have 2 wonderful events to choose from, or be hardcore and come to both!!!!!

This Saturday May 15, 2010, I am emceeing 2 wonderful events! Early in the day from 12- 4 pm I am emceeing and singing in my own neighborhood! Pop Up Pittsburgh is coming to the Hilltop in Allentown (small virtually unknown neighborhood between S Side Slopes, Mt Washington Knoxville and Beltzhoover)

Other performers to include:
Roland Ford, Yours Truly , Gena-Pena, Elliott Sussman, South Hills Baptist Church in Beltzhoover / Jesus for the Win Choir will perform multi-genre contemporary gospel , In Acchord, UMOJA, a Bhutanese dance group from Carrick and Carrick HS Jazz Choir!!!

And Later that Same Evening!!!

Zafira Dance Co. Presents:
ZiahAli & Majida Anwar of Awalim!
May 15 & 16, 2010
at the NEW Zafira Dance Company Studios!
1113 E. Carson St. (2nd floor, under BYS studio)
Pittsburgh, PA 15202

May 15th at Cattivo Sotto
$5 @ the door
7PM doors/ 8PM showtime
146 44th St., Lawrenceville, Pgh, PA 15201

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