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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



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Jazz Forward Coalition

Jazz Forward Coalition (JFC) is a diverse and inclusive alliance of Jazz professionals and artists devoted to advancing the genre and industry through coalescence and collective action by building capacity, facilitating partnerships, and increasing demand.

JFC, in partnership with JazzTimes, co-organizes and -hosts the annual Jazz Connect Conference in New York, the largest gathering of Jazz stakeholders in the U.S.

Through collective engagement, JFC also expands their mission by presenting at such conferences as APAP, JEN, and Chamber Music America. JFC continues to work on partnership development and legislative efforts to advance the cause of Jazz.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Members: 2
Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2017

The Jazz Forward Coalition, through Fractured Atlas in New York, NY received $113,400 to create JazzHubs, a network of resources in jaqzz that fosters professional development, interactive community engagement and broader knowledge-sharing, ultimately to support the field's long-term sustainability.

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Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 17, 2017 at 9:49pm

Moving Forward...

During the Summit #1 working session, participants were taken through an interactive deep-dive into the top priorities for the Pittsburgh Jazz community:
  • Create a Regional Jazz Resource Directory
  • Develop a public facing comprehensive Jazz Events Calendar
  • Develop a partnered approach to joint advertising, marketing and co-productions 
Thanks to the work performed by you, an initial Taskforce was formed. In the coming months, this Taskforce will examine the three priority topics in order to gain a clearer understanding of the resources and the actions / strategies that need to be undertaken in preparation for a robust discussion at Summit #2 (coming this fall).

Check out all ideas that were generated during Summit #1's working session here.
Comment by Dr. Nelson Harrison on July 17, 2017 at 9:48pm

PGH JazzHubs Summit #1 Follow Up

Thanks so much to all of you who attended the Pittsburgh JazzHubs in America Summit #1!  The event was a big success, and we were thrilled that it brought together an inclusive group of people in the name of strengthening Jazz in our community.

In continuing our outreach efforts, even if you were not able to attend Summit #1, this newsletter is designed to help keep you briefed on our on-going progress.

We welcome your feedback, so please feel free to send us an email.


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