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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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Who needs recognition from Pennsylvania?

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Who needs recognition from Pennsylvania?

Time: May 13, 2010 at 6pm to June 15, 2010 at 7pm
Location: Anytown, Pennsylvania
Event Type: participation
Organized By: Bill Trousdale
Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2010

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Pennsylvania will soon embark on a massive project to examine and promote the historical and cultural impact created by Pennsylvanian musicians and the influences from radio and TV in the Commonwealth. Music will include comprehensive looks of all forms and genres including sacred, secular and commercial. Spoken word and video/film talents will also be included and acknowledged before and after the first PA radio broadcast near Pittsburgh at KDKA.
Our first “building” is the World Wide Web. Pennsylvanians have and will continue to make World Wide contributions to music and broadcasting innovation. It is my intent, through the guidance of the board, to be inclusive of existing music and broadcast museums throughout the Commonwealth. Education will be the focus with the eventual inclusion of interactive exhibits, working television and radio studios, sound stage and a showcase of what Pennsylvanians’ have contributed to the world.
Please review and respond in support of the Pennsylvania Museum of Music & Broadcast History.
A blog has been created for this purpose.
Or visit Facebook: pmmbh home
We hope you will join our supporters in building an institution that will preserve, present, and examine the records of musicians, composers, and educators created for or expressed through radio and television – records that tell the stories of The Keystone State: America’s cornerstone to history, culture, and people.
Bill Trousdale-

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Comment by Bill Trousdale on June 12, 2010 at 4:17am
Thanks Anne,
We are developing a Editorial Board to write and confirm facts about PA artists, Our Committee head is going through hundreds of intrested persons. Do you have a specific area of expertise?
Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on June 10, 2010 at 4:02am
Hi Bill I expected to hear from you, as you asked if I could volunteer and I was re-arranging my schedule. But, you do have my support

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