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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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African American Council on the Arts (AACTA) 6th Annual ONYX Awards

Event Details

African American Council on the Arts (AACTA) 6th Annual ONYX Awards

Time: June 26, 2009 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Holiday Inn Oakland
Street: 100 Lytton Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Phone: 412-704-5700
Event Type: dinner, &, awards, show
Organized By: Vickie Bey
Latest Activity: Jun 29, 2009

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Event Description

Celebrating Excellence in the Arts: ONYX AWARD RECIPIENTS: Bill Nunn, Jr. - Pride of Pittsburgh Award and Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nelson Harrison - Rob Penny Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets - $50.00 each (Includes dinner)

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Comment by ROBERTA on June 29, 2009 at 1:16am
Quite a fun evening! Congats to Dr. Harrison and all the awardees on their fine achievements.
Comment by Kathleen Gorman on June 15, 2009 at 5:00am
Dear Dr. Harrison,

Congratulations on the upcoming AACTA award ! How wonderful to see you being recognized for your contributions to the arts and culture. May you continue to receive the accolades and respect you so richly deserve for your dedication to music, higher knowledge, education and creativity. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
Best wishes always,

Comment by Ms. Felecia on June 15, 2009 at 4:44am
Blessings with Great Success to you....Stay Blessed!!
Comment by Linda Marcus on June 13, 2009 at 12:24am
Hi Nelson,
Your honor is well deserved!!
I'm very happy for you! I send my congratulations and best wishes! Linda

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