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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

Play Michigan's Historic Theaters, Meet Michigan's Movie Industry

Before the 1930s and the advent of what has come to be called the "talkies", opulently decorated vaudeville and movie theaters were built. Predating the earliest sound systems they were created to be acoustically perfect. Every small town had one. Michigan at one time had many from its south western most border to Detroit and points north. Today many of these theaters still stand, painstakingly restored and faithfully tended. Now as a musician you can play many of these theaters and stand where the earliest stars of stage and screen stood.

The promoters of south central Michigan's newest film and music festival are looking for select bands and spoken word performers to play these venues. Those chosen will have the opportunity to play at the first ever Jaxon Film and Music Fest.

They are looking for as many Michigan musicians as might be interested in such an opportunity. They will draw these musicians from a fifty mile radius of each of these theaters. They will be inviting people from the movie industry, whether students or professionals to these events to introduce them to Michigan musicians at meet and greets which will follow each evening's performance . These events will also, of course, be open to the general public.

What genres are being accepted? The Jaxon Film Festival’s promoters are looking for Michigan performers in these various genres: A Capella, Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Comedy, Country, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Jam Band, Jazz, Non Music Performer, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Spoken Word, and World musics.

As Michigan has a wealth of faithfully restored theaters from across the state, they will be staging these events at many of them and depending upon the draw of each, may hold these events at each more than once. This means increased opportunity for selected musicians.

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About Jaxon Film Fest
The Jaxon Film Fest is focused on both the independent and student films and the independent music industry. It will champion both while working to create a connecting bridge between film makers and musicians, while providing a fresh voice in both.

The Jaxon Film Fest is south-central Michigan’s newest independent film and music fest. Located in Jackson, Michigan, west of Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan (Detroit is home of Wayne State Univeristy/Ann Arbor home of the University of Michgan): south of Lansing, MI (state capital and home of Michigan State Univeristy); east of Battle Creek/Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo is home of Western Michigan University); and just minutes north of both the Indiana and Ohio state lines, Jackson is an ideal location to become a hub for both the independent film and music industries.

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