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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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Living Legends Pavior Night

Time: March 31, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm
Location: Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
Street: 4305 Degnan Street
City/Town: Los Angeles , CA 90008
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Event Type: celebration
Organized By: Living Legends JaZzabrations
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2011

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The Jammin Foundation and Linda Morgan, Ms. SmoothAhead Jazz Presents: Living Legends Pavior Night

"Honoring those that have paved the way for others, while creating memories that will last"


Doors open at 6:00pm

Hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Wendy will be served from 6:00pm - 7:00pm only

Show starts at 7:00pm

Early Arrival is strongly suggested!

$10 Donation, Limited seating, no standing room capacity

Paid RSVP Required

Tickets can be purchased online at or

Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center

4305 Degnan Street

(in the Historic Leimert Park Village)

Los Angeles , CA 90008

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Comment by Living Legends JaZzabrations on March 28, 2011 at 6:22pm
Hi Damien, Dr.Nelson sends out invites to events on a weekly basis. I have only sent an invite once. Please let Dr. Harrison know to remove you from invites that he sends on a weekly basis. Hope this helps!

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