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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 1:47am on May 11, 2011, Raymond Ratiliff Jr. gave Azure Montaig a gift
At 8:38pm on November 22, 2009, Benjy Myaz said…
Thanks for da add..
Have a blessed & safe one..
"Chasing the Creativity not the Competition.”
At 9:00pm on October 16, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Thanks Azure!
At 4:17pm on October 8, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Azure! You're the first one to ever tell me that I look like Denzel. I thank you very much for the compliment. Now if I could just have as much success as him, then I'll be on point! How's your day going?
At 9:23pm on October 6, 2008, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Azure! I love your name! Glad to have you for a friend. I'm usually playing somewhere around town. Let me know if you're coming in, and I'll let you know where I'm playing at. I hope your week is off to a great start!
At 4:52pm on October 6, 2008, Ron Kearns said…
Thanks Azure, take care and be blessed.

At 6:20pm on September 20, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
Hello Azure,
Check out my rhythm world!
I wish you an awesome weekend!
Peace, Luiz
At 4:32pm on September 8, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Az,

I have been wondering when you would take the plunge. thanks for joining. I know you'll really enjoy it.



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