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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 ken kovach on July 7, 2008 at 7:50pm
Hey Nelson...Just put on a CD featuring Christian McBride and then I see he's comming to town with the Ray Brown Tribute Band. What a nice tribute to Ray and the Burgh. Great forum Nelson..thanks for the invite.
Comment by Bill Lawson on July 7, 2008 at 7:35pm
Thanks Nelson!
Comment by Dave Yoho on July 7, 2008 at 5:05pm
Blues: the original alternative music
(read from a CD insert. not sure of the artist. it was a trio. I recall a picture of a dirty ashtray with a harmonica sitting next to it in the CD insert, along with the quote.)
Thanks Nelson!
Comment by Magdalena Vaida on July 7, 2008 at 4:48pm
Thanks for inviting me, it's nice to meet many greats musicians and interesting people!
Comment by Mark Weinstein on July 7, 2008 at 3:54pm
It is great to be associated with jazz in Pittsburgh. Cecil Brooks III and Dwayne Dolphin recorded my first CD in 1996. As an ex-trombonist the town that gave us Slide Hampton is not to be forgotten and since I record so much with guitarists, Pittsburgh rules!
Comment by Benjy Myaz on July 7, 2008 at 3:25pm
Thanks for da add.
Truly honored to b a part of ur friends network..
Have a blessed week
One Love
Benjy Myaz
Comment by Joe Shirk on July 7, 2008 at 11:52am
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