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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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Park(ing) in Pittsburgh.

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Park(ing) in Pittsburgh.

Time: September 18, 2009 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Pittsburg Pa.
Event Type: park(ing)
Organized By: Promotion by CWR (Fan of Culture)
Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2009

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Friday, September 18, 2009 marks the return of PARK(ing) Day to Pittsburgh. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, international event in which artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public parks.

Visit our website to learn more and see examples of Pittsburgh PARK(ing) spaces from last year. Should you decide to use a Pittsburgh Parking Authority metered space, click here for a registration form.

PARK(ing) Day is a great chance to get Pittsburghers thinking about how they use public space. It is also a great opportunity to generate more awareness about your organization by showcasing your mission, activities and values to people on the street!

The Community Design Center of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Mattress Factory and the Office of Public Art to promote Pittsburgh's Second Annual PARK(ing) Day. Please contact CDCP's Andrea Lavin or the Mattress Factory's Emily Craig with any questions.

The Office of Public Art is a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh funded by The Heinz Endowments. For more information visit us at

The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is an on-line database of artists in southwestern PA. To browse or create your own artist profile, visit

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