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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 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."

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2016 at 4:38am

Carla Bley - "Listening is more important than anything because that's what music is. Somebody is playing something & you're receiving it."

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2016 at 4:38am

Carla Bley - "When you are studying Jazz best thing to do is listen to records & live music as much you can & absorb everything."

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on August 12, 2016 at 4:37am

Carla Bley - "I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out."

Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 29, 2016 at 6:29pm

There’s a difference between the right notes and the best notes.  The best notes also have something to do with “when.” ---Charles McPherson


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