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.






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At 12:31am on February 6, 2012, Adam Johnston & James Street said…

Ricco,  Great to have you aboard!!!  Check out our events... it appears that you are a photographer so we should talk... I would love to have more of our shows shot!!  get in touch!!!

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At 2:26pm on September 14, 2010, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
I'll be participating in the MiniJazz Fest sponsored by Royal Tribes Music on Oct. 2 at Melange Bistro & Lounge downtown. Any chance you'll be covering that?
At 5:22pm on September 6, 2010, Marva Josie said…
Hi Ricco - Hope your doing well. Plans are for the restaurant - although schelduling is for next year. I will give you more information as it develops. Currently planning and working on directions for this project. Will know more about help as we press on. Great hearing from you and stay well.
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At 3:26am on August 30, 2010, Nola said…
thanks for the add! hope you enjoy the music!
At 5:26am on June 11, 2009, Victor Ruiz said…
Hey Man! Nice to see you here.
Victor Ruiz
At 12:13am on March 14, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Its a pleasure to meet you. Welcome to the network.

Best wishes,

At 9:38pm on February 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome J.L.

We are glad to have you as a member of out online community. Post some images on your page and watch you friends accumulate. check out events page and make yourself familiar with the live venues. You'll have plenty of subject material that you can share online to help promote yourself. Your camera is a mirror that reflects what is happening. Enjoy and thanks for joining.




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