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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.






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Music samples for new group:

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 3:22am 0 Comments

Music is slowly but surely coming along. Still in the search for a piano and vocalist for the new group.

We now have small snippets of music to check out for any interested musicians.

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New group

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 12:17am 2 Comments

I'm forming a new limitless jazz fusion group. The current line up consists of myself on drums, a bass and a guitar.

We're seeking a strong piano/key player with an aptitude for both writing and improvisation.

And.. A female vocalist

Many many influences: Christian McBride, The Bad Plus, Matthew Garrison, Stefon Harris, Roger Humphries/RH well as other genres.

This project could and probably will head in any and all directions... jazz, nu/jazz,… Continue

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At 4:26am on April 23, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Hi Adam,

You have a good idea going for yourself. Best wishes on this musical endeavor.

At 2:35am on April 17, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
They're here. I sent out a blast for you. Browse through the groups, member pages and see what you can find.
At 1:54am on April 17, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Adam,

Your new group idea sounds wonderful. You have come to the right place to find what you need and a place to express yourself and your art at no cost. We reach around the entire globe. Come grow with us. Thank you for joining and please add me as a friend.



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