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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

The Udu Drum is a clay drum from Nigeria, traditionally played by women. // Watch Janelle Burdell (aka UduGirl) work her magic! //"Let The Spirit Play" Downloads plus coming soon!

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Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on September 16, 2011 at 9:37pm

Great work Janelle!! Very creative!!


Comment by Mark Koch on September 16, 2011 at 6:07pm

Very cool Janelle! Would love to hear you play this

in ensemble.

Comment by Louis Moore on September 16, 2011 at 3:28pm
Comment by Marta Graciela Bressi on September 16, 2011 at 5:19am

Dear Janelle,

Your music is very original and fantastic.





Comment by Janelle Burdell on September 16, 2011 at 1:59am
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Comment by Doug Jackson on September 16, 2011 at 1:33am
Well Done J.
Comment by Donna Bailey on February 20, 2010 at 10:50pm
You are AWESOME, as always, Janelle!
Comment by Joyce Martin on February 20, 2010 at 12:09am
the heart beat of the go goddess
Comment by Ken Lamison on February 19, 2010 at 5:46pm
You go UduGirl!
Comment by Anthony (Tony) Janflone on February 19, 2010 at 4:56pm
Great work Janelle!!

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