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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

The Hot Club of France was formed in 1935 by Charles Delaunay and Hugues Panassie. Initially, its goal was to provide a congenial atmosphere where Jazz enthusiasts could gather and listen to 78 rpm recordings.  In the mid-1930's, the European Jazz community had little access to current American Jazz music. Fans, dependent on each other, shared current titles at the club for all to savor and enjoy. The Hot Club of France blossomed, worldwide, into small listening clubs, eventually expanding their reach by establishing the Jazz periodical, "Jazz Hot" and the FIRST Jazz record label, "Swing" records. The label's headliners,  Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt became known to all Jazz enthusiasts, with the launch of Swing's first release, "Honeysuckle Rose," under the leadership of Coleman Hawkins, recorded on Paris, April 28, 1937. 

The original Hot Clubs have long since disappeared, but in 2015, Neo Hot Clubs began to appear in the New York metro area. The clubs, both private and public, have the identical mission: to promote Jazz appreciation, by LISTENING to classic Jazz masters on superior sound equipment. The ultimate goal is to encourage the expansion of the Jazz audience by engaging a YOUNGER audience.

An outgrowth of the small clubs has been the establishment of a weekly radio Hot Club, accessed via the FM dial in New York or worldwide, via the internet.

The host, young Matthew Rivera provides accurate, knowlegeable commentary, along with a weekly surprise Hot Club guest. Several weeks ago, Maxine Sullivan's daughter, Paula Morris shared her mother's music with the club, along with personal memories of her mother. Other guests have included, Phil Schaap on Eddie Durham's birthday and Scott Wenzel of Mosaic Records sharing his collection favorites.

Tune-in every Monday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM eastern time.



On Monday, Sept.9th Ricky Riccardi, archivist of the Louis Armstrong House and Museum will present UNHEARD Armstrong music to the Hot Club audience.

Join the "club" and the party!!!!!

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