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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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AAMI Boys' Choir Tour Summer 2007

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 9:17pm 0 Comments

Sounding out STAX in Memphis

8:45 a.m. 7/16/2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Afro-American Music Institute's Boys' Choir visited Memphis in an exchange with the STAX Music Academy Youth Tour, who visited Pittsburgh a month or so ago.

AAMI instructor Gabriel Gray filed this report:

July 13th: the Boys' Choir performed and toured at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. They sang the African National Anthem accapella in the lobby and then toured what was before… Continue

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At 3:30am on May 29, 2016, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
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The Afro-American-Music-Institute is having a TWO week MUSIC summer camp from June 28th through July 12th...9am to 3pm . All you have to pay is a registration fee of only $25 dollars for your child and that's it. If your kids already have summer plans then spread the word to someone else. We are excepting kids ages 8 years old and up.. Limited enrollment so please secure your child's spot ASAP... You can register at AAMI..
Monday through Thursday, 4pm to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm..


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At 4:08am on May 28, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 7:53pm on April 12, 2009, timm coxx said…
Jazz lives forever. More kudos from Soul City, Ga. aka Augusta, GA.
At 10:45pm on April 11, 2009, Jeff "Tain" Watts said…
Keep up the good work. Peace.
At 10:43pm on January 31, 2009, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
Thanks for your friendship,

Best wishes for all!
At 5:54am on November 9, 2008, Eric Susoeff said…

At 1:34am on November 8, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Have an awesome weekend of blessings...
At 12:34am on October 19, 2008, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend.
At 10:27pm on September 11, 2008, Anicet Mundundu said…
It has always been a pleasure to work with AAMI. Great spirit.
At 2:48am on September 11, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Dr. J,
Thank you for allowing folks from AAMI to participate in our Jazz Workshop, Inc. programs.
You make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Let's continue to prosper!
Congratulations on all your years with AAMI!
Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
(412) 422-4149 (H)
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