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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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I don't need time. What I need is a deadline. -Duke Ellington, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor (1899-1974)

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on March 19, 2018 at 4:39pm

You have no friends. ---John Henry Clark

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 7, 2018 at 9:33pm

One cannot explain or describe the third dimension using the terminology of the second, nor the fourth dimension using the terminology of the third. Understanding comes from the higher perspective not the lower.  Likewise it is futile to attempt to describe musical improvisation in the terminology of two dimensional sheet music.  It would be equally absurd to try to describe traffic using a map. ---Nelson E. Harrison

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 7, 2018 at 9:27pm

"I practice singing everything that I play and vice-versa. This gives me a connection to music; and the instrument becomes what it is intended for, an extension of my voice. I practice all of the vocal inflections that I may want to emulate when I play-and I do them right away."

-Wycliffe Gordon
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on May 17, 2017 at 1:26am

The example I like to use these days for our relationship to mystery to make it more accessible to most people is music. Music you cannot grasp conceptually. You may understand something about music. But music as such – the essence of music – you understand only by how it moves you; and then you understand, you don’t grasp; it’s a different movement. And most people have experienced that. Music is a very good example of the mystery that we encounter moment by moment with which we have to interact.  ---Brother David Steindl-Rast

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on January 24, 2017 at 6:02pm

A genius is the one most like himself. ---Thelonius Monk

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 27, 2016 at 7:36am

The field is the sole governing agency of the particle. ---Albert Einstein

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 27, 2016 at 4:43am

"Take away the audience and you take away the concrete reality of music as an art.
  You turn music into an arcane exercise in the acoustical laboratory,
  in which groups of patient instrumentalists pump out sounds according to formulae which mean nothing,
  since meaning lies in the ears that have fled from the scene."

---Sir Roger Scruton

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on December 24, 2016 at 4:31am

Seeing is not the path to hearing (knowledge of the meaning of sound). Those who have ears to hear, let them hear. ---Nelson Harrison

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2016 at 5:17am

Betty Carter - "If it wasn't for hustlers, gangsters & gamblers there'd be no Jazz. Wasn't middle-class who said Let's go hear Bird tonight."

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2016 at 5:16am

Cab Calloway - "Jazz was not only built in the minds of the great ones, but on the backs of the ordinary ones."


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