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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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At 9:23pm on March 6, 2011, Barbara Ray said…



Thank you.. I miss you.  I'll see you soon.


Ms. B

At 10:43pm on January 18, 2011, Doug Jackson gave Michelle a gift
At 11:48pm on December 12, 2010, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…

Hey there suga plum sorry took so long gettin to ya been busy but look forward hearing  you soon. Do you sing?

At 2:45am on November 08, 2010, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. gave Michelle a gift
At 3:59pm on October 21, 2010, Jim Farquar said…
Hello I thank you for adding me! I hope all is well with you and Wendy. see you soon Jim
At 2:49pm on September 28, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Thanks for adding me Michelle!
At 2:00pm on September 21, 2010, Sidnei Piedade said…

Olá possivel gostaria de ser seu amigo, abraços
At 10:42pm on September 20, 2010, Andrea said…
Thank you Michelle, God bless the jazz music and muscians
At 3:26am on August 31, 2010, Larry Beatty said…
Thanks Michelle. Hopefully I can make it next time.
At 12:29pm on August 29, 2010, Larry Beatty said…
What is the address of the Cabaret with the jam sessions?
At 2:34am on August 24, 2010, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you so much for the gift Michelle. I'm planning on being there this Sunday.
At 4:59pm on August 23, 2010, Living Legends JaZzabrations said…
Hi Michelle, it is my honor to be friends, here on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network. Let's talk soon about a possible collaboration. I would love to have a living Legends Jazz Panel Discussion in Pittsburgh and since you have the venue, I think it would be a great event. Please give me a call when you get a moment to discuss. 5627626441
At 4:06pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi gave Michelle a gift
At 4:05pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Michelle,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

New Website:



P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.
At 6:17pm on June 29, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Michelle a gift
At 8:15pm on June 21, 2010, Barbara Ray gave Michelle a gift
Michelle: Keep singing .. you deserve your very own microphone. Be blessed. Barbara
At 5:58am on June 15, 2010, larry cullens gave Michelle a gift
At 5:58pm on June 08, 2010, Dan Wasson gave Michelle a gift
was big fun, hope to have Lalah Hathaway tune together for next time
At 1:21am on June 8, 2010, Calvin Stemley said…
Hey Michelle

It is great to connect with you.You guys are doing a wonderful thing with the Cabaret.I spoke with Simone Godson at the Casino and wish you well.Keep in touch OK.

At 8:12am on May 19, 2010, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thank you for the add; it's very nice to meet you. Good Luck with your new place, Caberet.


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