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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

Tonight at Little E's! Next week in Asheville, NC!

Sorry for the late notice, it's been a beautifully busy week! Christiane's music debut at the August Wilson Center was fierce and flawless, we packed the room! I remembered all my harmonies! Christiane was an elemental force! The band kicked it so hard I almost fell off! The weekend previous was spent with The Cadillac Creeps, Damien Youth, Hellga of the It's Alive Show, the Bridge City Bombshells, Adam Blai and so many wonderful others at the Grand Midway for DraculaCon.  And now I'm filling out some intense applications for some grants and big projects I'd like to do, so forgive me if my publicity is a little behind the ball.....
But if you aren't crazed tonight (though if you are, some sweet jazz is probably EXACTLY what you need) come downtown to Little E's, I am singing with Miguel Sague III and Carlos Peña of Guaracha Latin Dance Band from about 8:30 til about midnight. No cover, only a $10 minimum for your choice of delicious food and/or tasty drinks. Let me sing in English, Spanish or French to you knowing that we can play anything, for any reason, at any time...... Besame Mucho to the Star Trek theme song, anything could happen, but no matter what happens, when I have Miguel and Carlos at my side I know it is artistically possible.
Little E's is located at 949 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15122
Phone 412-392-2217
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Next week I am heading down to Ashevegas! (Known on the maps as Asheville) North Carolina! I am singing on Sunday June 5 at Mo'Daddys after an incredible event known as "ABS Fest" or "The American Burlesque and Sideshow Festival". While I am not officially on the bill, I will be attending this incredible event and am planning an unofficial after party on one of Asheville finest clubs with a great musical history. (Heck, the WHOLE town has great musical history!) Joining me will be my old friends, two musicians I have featured on both of my discs, Tall Paul Leech on bass and Michael Murray on piano.
Only $5, 21 and over 21. 9 pm. If you have any friends near Asheville, please please please let them know about this gig, I am really hoping to make some new friends and fans so I can keep taking the show to new places and spread the music to all and sundry......
Photo by Adam Blai 2010
Mo Daddy’s Bar is located at 77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC 28801
Love, light and song friends......
Bring out the dogs and let your heads hang high, I'd love to sing to you by the by!
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