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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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My post to a news forum.

Just thought I'd share here too. Yes! It's been 5 blissful years since Mission Accomplished was declared in Iraq! How wonderful it's been…

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All About Jazz Website Interviews

I am and have been on a website called ' All About Anyway, I didn't like the way Pittsburgh was overlooked, so the editor invited…

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Penn State Fayette Welcomes Harold Betters and Band

Evening all, I thought I'd get this out ASAP... On Friday, April 25 ,2008 (7pm) In the Willams Building Penn State Fayette Camus The Harol…

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MCG Jazz is bringing Spanky Wilson back home. Any comments?

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Pittsburgh Jam Sessions -- Can We Create A Guide To Them?

First of all, I am so impressed with the effort that Dr. Nelson Harrison has made into this community and the quality of the content and pe…

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Allan Harris st Gullity

A great time was had by all last night at Gullity. It was nice to see a full house for Allan..he's a great singer, as well as good people.…

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Alllan Harris Tonight Match 19

There have been emails flying around abour the lack of jazz coverage in the media here. I've not read anything about this, so I thought I w…

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Henrietta Goree-Lloyd - proprietor of Kings and Queens

GOREE-LLOYD, Henrietta, 65, of Schenley Heights, died March 4. White Memorial Chapel, Point Breeze. White Memorial Chapel 7204 Thomas B…

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Ron Affiff

I recently picked up a fine recording off of eMusic by Pittsburgh guitarist Ron Affif, a tribute to Miles Davis entitled Vierd Blues. Anyon…

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