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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 1:42am on December 13, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Greetings sister, long time but me see you work pon you tube. I am still waiting to get my system here in Pittsburgh where I have relocated and will look forward to communicating again. Always a pleasure in the beginning to see your developing your methods of getting your message out in music.- kev

At 1:26am on December 15, 2009, Kevin Hurst, Sr. gave Ahlayashabi a gift
JUST BELIEVE! Nice groove and track. Propelling your voice and the message!- kev
At 9:09am on November 14, 2009, Pgh Rich said…
Where are you located. What city ??????
At 4:05am on October 26, 2009, CALVIN STEMLEY said…
Hello my friend and welcome to the network !

At 3:22am on October 17, 2009, Ahlayashabi said…
Hey Musicians this is Ahlayashabi
As you all know I'm trying to spread my message through music with hopefully a book coming soon. anyway I'm asking for support on my you-tube site by asking people to subscribe to it... I have subscribed to a lot of channels but if I'm not subscribed to yours I will to support you as well.

And Thank you all in advance for your support
At 2:41am on October 16, 2009, Randy Williams DOSE said…
At 7:34pm on October 5, 2009, Ahlayashabi said…
Please checkout my new song on Youtube
At 4:39am on October 5, 2009, Barbara Jean Crow said…
Hi Ahlayashabi thanks for the friendship, enjoyed your voice, good luck with your message and music, may all your dreams come true. Love and blessing BJ
At 3:07am on October 4, 2009, Ranjini said…
Thanks for the add!

Check out my latest single "6/25" A Tribute to MJ! Also, featuring my label mate J-Remedy!

nuthin b'luv!
ya girl, Ranjini

At 5:15am on September 29, 2009, Stan Pope said…
thanks for the friendship,good luck with your music.I'm attempting to launch my new music style Nu Groove..check it out.
At 10:50am on September 26, 2009, David Powell said…
Nice to meet you.
Performing anywhere in the city?
At 5:37am on September 26, 2009, Cindy Devereaux said…
Dear Ahlayashabi,

Its nice meeting you here; enjoyed your lovely voice! Thank you.
Angel Blessings,
At 7:10pm on September 25, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
Thanks so very much for the friend add!-Gypsy
At 6:18am on September 25, 2009, Anthony (Tony) Janflone said…
Thanks Ahlayashabi, Welcome to our"home". Wishing you all thevery best always. You sound great!!
At 1:28am on September 25, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hi Ahlayashabi,

Thanks for the add; it's nice to meet you and welcome to the PJN.

At 6:44pm on September 24, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Ahlayashabi,

You have a beautiful voice and your music is very nice and deserves wider exposure. You'll get much more action here than on MySpace if you post your samples, photos and more information about yourself, artistry and thoughts. Browse freely among the member pages and see what others are doing for themselves on this network. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.

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