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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

Farewell to my lifelong friend since kindergarten JOYCE ROMAINE BOULDEN SELF

Age 79, of Pittsburgh, went to heaven on April 30, 2020. Beloved daughter, mother, educator, mentor, and friend. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 12, 1941. Joyce graduated from Westinghouse High School and subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Master of Education degree. Joyce worked at various school districts in and around the City of Pittsburgh, finishing out her career at her alma mater Westinghouse High School. Blessed with a naturally beautiful, voice she began singing at an early age and continued singing her beautiful melodies until she left this world. Passionate about her students, she would often refer to them as her second set of children. Preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert and Willie Mae Boulden, of Homewood, brothers, William H. Boulden, Robert H. Boulden, Merwin O Boulden, sister, Eunice E. Durant, and son, Clyde W. Self. Survived by Traci Self, daughter of Pittsburgh, sons, Martin Self, of Pittsburgh, and Darryl Self of Temecula, CA. Grandsons, Robert Truesdale, Brandon Self, Keyshawn and Cheo Harden, granddaughters, Karen Anderson, Nedra Blake, Romaine Valentin, Tina Satterfield. Great-granddaughters, Joy and Autumn Brendle, Darlija and Keyona Farrell, Jada Anderson and Great-grandson, Drevon Newton as well as many relatives and friends. Funeral and services are private due to gathering restrictions associated with COVID-19; arrangements entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published on May 3, 2020

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Joyce and I won the 6th grade spelling bee at Crescent Elementary School and remained close friends through Baxter Junior High and Westinghouse then also at Pitt.  It is truly a blessing to have a lifetime of unconditional regard for firends outside our immediate family whose memory you will cherish until you meet again on the other side.


Such a beautiful photo.

I am sorry that this has happened,

but so good that you celebrate this profound friendship.

Much love to you, Nelson.


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