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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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       In Her Own Words

The State of Affairs for Radio Advertising

Here is something that some of you will be interested in. Now if this is talking about commercial radio in general where do you think this leaves the remaining Jazz stations and public radio?


Signal Fading: Radio 4Q Revs Down 11%
by Erik Sass, Friday, February 20, 2009

Feeling the effects of the sharp economic downturn, radio took another big hit in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. Total ad revenues fell 11%, compared to the same period in 2007, to $4.65 billion.
This contributed to an overall 9% slump for full-year 2008 compared to 2007, to just under $19.5 billion. Worse, these losses are compounding an earlier round of revenue declines in 2007 compared to 2006. The fourth quarter of 2008 was the seventh straight quarter to see radio ad revenues decline.

As in previous quarters, the worst losses in dollar terms came in local advertising, traditionally a mainstay of the radio business. The category tumbled 13% in the fourth quarter, to $3.17 billion. National advertising fell 14% to $735 million. While a smaller part of the business, the national category serves as a bellwether of advertisers' feelings about the medium in general.

Internet advertising provided the sole bright spot on the radio ledger book--but even here the slowing economy made its presence known, with an anemic 1% growth rate in the fourth quarter for the "off-air" category, which includes online.

For the full year, the category grew 7%, leading Jeff Haley, RAB's president and CEO, to assert that off-air revenues will surpass $2 billion in 2009. However, this assertion looks rather optimistic in light of the dramatic slowdown over the course of the year. Off-air grew 15% in the first quarter of 2008, 10% in the second and 5% in the third.

What's more, even if radio revenues did grow as quickly as Haley's forecast, off-air revenues still will be unable to offset the steep losses on the "traditional" broadcast side.

The 11% overall decline between the fourth quarters of 2007 and 2008 equaled about $750 million--dwarfing the increase of about $4.4 million in off-air revenues.

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