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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

Seasons Greetings jazz lovers.

Through out the year, Savoy has brought you the best in live jazz each Monday Night.  I would like to encourage you not to miss our last 3 Mondays before the New Year.  They are sure to make your Holiday Season sparkle extra bright.  

We start with the legendary jazz guitarist, Mr. Jimmy Ponder on December 3rd, followed by an amazing Pittsburgh favorite, Michele Bensen on December 10th.  And for the last Savoy Monday Night Jazz before the new year, we've put together a very special concert for everyone who cares about this iconic music we call jazz, and its rich connection to the city of Pittsburgh.  

On December 17th, the Savoy presents Pittsburgh's own contribution to the next generation of "soon to be" historic jazz artists, the quintet called "ELEVATIONS".  These young musicians have been mentored by some of Pittsburgh's finest; legends like Roger Humphries and the world renowned bassist, Dwayne Dolphin.  The excitement these young cats generate is absolutely amazing, you won't believe your ears.  They range in age for about 20 to 23 years old and many have had early training at Pittsburgh Creative And Performing Arts school (CAPA).  This formidable young group recently won awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California and went on to be featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September of 2012.  They are the "real deal"!  

This will be a hugh event at Savoy on December 17th; a great way to finish up a year of great jazz.  Make arrangements to get there early; it will be packed!

Once again, Happy Holidays,  See you at Savoy!

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