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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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At 1:34am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 5:34pm on January 15, 2009, Bob Banerjee said…
Hi Anne! Just a quick note wishing you and the whole family a healthy and successful 2009... and, of course, wishes for more opportunities to play together. Much love to all of you!!!
At 10:39am on January 5, 2009, Moe Seager said…
Anne,
Good to have you on board with the Pgh. Jazz community. I left New York yesterday to return to Paris. I continue to hang out with Frank Fallon in the City.
Keep on keepin' on, you rebel rock 'n roller.
Ciao for now.
Moe
At 4:08am on November 26, 2008, Phat Man Dee said…
I heard your music on Democracy Now! while I was getting ready for a gig in California a couple weeks ago and it made me so happy, have I told you how much you rawk recently????
At 2:49am on April 28, 2008, Janelle Burdell said…
my dear, i adore you. been busy with a couple of shows this month and yes sooOOo thankful for the work. Let's keep talking--coffee sometime is coming soon. I feel it! Thanks for being here! -janelle
At 9:50pm on April 27, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Anne,

Thank you for joining and for posting your comment. With activists like you on the network we can start a real renaissance. Please post news of your new CD and other activities here. Hope the CD release party was a blast. I have posted you as a featured new member.

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