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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

HARAMBEE UHIMA Black Arts & Culture Festival

Black Arts & Culture Festival
On Kelly Street | Homewood

(Between N.Homewood Ave & N. Lang Ave)

Sat July 18th & Sun July 19th
11AM - 8PM Both Days


The historic Harambee Black Arts Festival is back again this year.   Join the celebration this July 18th and 19th from 11am to 8pm at the 7100 block of Kelly Street.  The Harambee Ujima Black Arts and Culture Association coordinates the festival. This year Harambee Ujima has collaborated with the Legacy Arts Project to present a Black Arts Weekend.  The Black Arts Weekend celebrates Legacy Arts annual Dance Africa festival, beginning on July 17th and the Harambee Black Arts Festival beginning in July 18th. 

The weekend will be filled with family, food and festivities.

Parade Line up @11AM at Westinghouse H.S.

Harambee has partnered with several community and citywide organizations to offer a weekend of powerful cultural performances.  Some of this year’s performers include 1Hood, Balafon West African Dance Company, the renowned African American Music Institute and local favorite the Flow Band!  There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy.  The festival will begin with a parade at 11am, starting at the famed Westinghouse High School.   There will be a dance workshop with Kulu Mele and Teanna Medina at 10am on Saturday, line dancing that afternoon, face painting at the Children’s Village, and a Garden Tour on Sunday at 2pm that will highlight some of the beautiful gardens throughout the Homewood community.

On Friday, July 17th, at 2pm there will be a special screening of Selma, hosted by the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch, Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  The screening will be held at the new home of Wine and Words Pittsburgh, the Oasis Creative Space, located at 622 N. Homewood Avenue. Later that evening, Wine and Words Pittsburgh will host a private reception for the opening of the Legacy Art Gallery.  The gallery will be open from July 17th to August 16th, featuring works from artists across the region.  The newly formed Homewood-Brushton Business Association will be sponsoring a Basketball Tournament that will address community-police relations.


(subject to change)

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