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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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Pittsburgh Jazz Society Accepting Applications for

2009-2010 PJS / BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 1 for the 2009 Pittsburgh Jazz Society/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. The recipient of the one-year, $5,000 award will be selected by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians and educators on the basis of musical interest and ability as demonstrated by an application and audition tape that includes samplings of various musical styles. Any new or continuing undergraduate student from western Pennsylvania who is enrolled full-time at any four-year college or university in the United States during the fall 2009 semester is eligible to apply. The scholarship will be evenly divided between the fall 2009 and spring 2010 terms.

Scholarship applications must be submitted to the Pittsburgh Jazz Society. For more information or to obtain an application, visit the Pittsburgh Jazz Society’s Web site at

“We established the Pittsburgh Jazz Society / BNY Mellon Jazz scholarship with the clear intent of helping gifted students offset increasing tuition costs,” said Jim McDonald, director of philanthropy and employee programs for BNY Mellon.

BNY Mellon Jazz supports non-profit organizations engaged in live jazz performances and jazz education, and recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Pittsburgh’s rich jazz tradition.

Please visit to download the Pittsburgh Jazz Society / BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship application.


University of Pittsburgh

Accepting Applications for PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship

BNY Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh today announced that applications are being accepted for the 2009 PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship.

Now in its 23rd year, the annual, $5,000 PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship is judged by a panel of nationally recognized jazz musicians on the basis of musical ability as demonstrated by an audition tape or CD that includes samplings of various musical styles. Any full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh during the fall 2009 semester is eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Brandon Hang, the current PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz scholar, is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Lower Paxton, Pennsylvania and was named 2008 outstanding jazz musician by his school. He has performed in the Harrisburg Youth Symphony and in bands sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He plays and writes jazz arrangements for the trombone and also has mastered the piano. Hang is pursuing a degree in pharmacy and is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble.

“We have long admired the PITT Jazz program and we are delighted that it will now be accessible to one more deserving student as a result of this scholarship,” said Jim McDonald, BNY Mellon’s director of philanthropy and employee programs.

"PITT students become a part of the city’s larger jazz community. I applaud BNY Mellon for its support of jazz and jazz education,” said PITT Jazz Studies director, Nathan Davis.

Applications for the 2009 PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship must be submitted by Monday, May 11, 2009. For more information or to obtain an application, call the University of Pittsburgh Music Department at (412) 624-4187, visit or write to: 2009 PITT/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship, 130 Music Building, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

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