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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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Sardonyx Music Conference

Event Details

Sardonyx Music Conference

Time: May 30, 2009 all day
Location: Altar Bar, Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map: http://www.sardonyxproduction…
Phone: 412-657-0027
Event Type: music, conference, and, showcase
Organized By: Sardonyx Productions
Latest Activity: May 29, 2009

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Event Description

A National Music Conference with great panelists from LA, Columbus, Cleveland, and local, for ALL genres of music to GET EDUCATED, GET CONNECTED and improve your music career!

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Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on May 29, 2009 at 12:48am
This looks interesting, but I don't want to go alone. Anyone going????
Comment by Dr. F. A. Young, Esq. on May 23, 2009 at 10:05pm
Dr. Harrison thanks for the invite. I am currently at my overseas office in Jeddah the Red Sea Port city gateway Africa and Asia. Are you interested in promoting jazz in Africa, Asia and the Midddle East.? Put together a roster of interested musicians and let us see what we can do. Peace
Comment by Destiny Muhammad on May 23, 2009 at 7:54pm
Very exciting! Music is the best education a being can have!
Comment by tim max on May 23, 2009 at 4:45am
have a nice weekend
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 23, 2009 at 4:34am
Mention at the door that you learned about it on the Pittsburgh Jazz Network and get a 10% discount.
Comment by Mike Moscato on May 14, 2009 at 7:08pm
NEW OFFER FOR THE CONFERENCE....ALL THE JAZZBURGHER MEMBERS GET $10.00 OFF the current price of the conference...check

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