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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.






Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin



       In Her Own Words



There is a dearth of oral history available documenting the greatness of the Pittsburgh Jazz Tradition and Legacy.. Please feel free to add a quote of your own or words of wisdom or humor from a Pittsburgh artist that you may find of interest.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 18, 2011 at 3:44am
It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
---Herbie Hancock
Comment by Ricco J.L.Martello on October 9, 2010 at 12:13am
Hey check out the story I wrote on Roy Ayers and Tom Brown
Comment by Jim Farquar on April 22, 2010 at 3:29pm
I always remember the great Bill Evans Quote " The best you can do is find your own niche and carve it"
Comment by Joani Taylor on January 13, 2010 at 6:54am
Just read the Mary Lou Williams Interview. I Loved it!
Thanks so much for posting.
Comment by Devorah Segall on November 30, 2009 at 10:51pm
"Get yourself a new broom and sweep the blues away"- Maxine Sullivan in one of my favorite albums of all time,"Great Songs from the Cotton Club by Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler-Maxine Sullivan"
she recorded this at the age of 73- sounds fantastic- totally swings-
Comment by Francis Bruce Marion, DC on September 15, 2009 at 4:54pm
My favorite quote applied to life and music comes from my Lake Tahoe piano teacher (originally from Boston) Mickey Gentily "There's no such thing as a mistake!! Especially when you place it twice!!!" after all you can't spread your wings until you jump (or fall) from your perch....& I must mention "Annie Friedland is a super-great melodic genius ; whose music can help us all stay alive!!!"
Comment by Anne Annie Friedland on April 9, 2009 at 1:08am
some day i will be dead and someone may mention me as a great talent. Gee, I hate to wait that long!
Comment by Karoly Domonyi on March 1, 2009 at 4:58am
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Comment by Diva JC on November 23, 2008 at 5:50pm
Oral tradition has been at the core of the history of people of color, however, written history is where it's at. This group should make a huge difference in the future to the next generation. In the meantime, please request that your library purchase my book and CDs at this link:

Thanks, in advance, for your support.
Diva JC
Comment by Kevin Amos on August 29, 2008 at 11:34pm
How many of you remember Amir Rahied when he was on WYEP? You may recall that he always ended his morning show with a quote from Nelly Blair. I used to think that she was not a real person until I actually met her!
Amir would close out his show bn y saying..."In the words of Nellie Blair, keep your pretty ways."

When I finally met Ms. Blair and she was leaving the Name of the Game after seeing Al Hibbler she actually said that to me!

Nelly is no longer with us but I'll always remember that. Amair still say that when he ends a show,

"Keep your pretty ways", ok/



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