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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 2:37pm on June 4, 2018, Mrs.Perious Dankwa said…

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At 3:41am on June 8, 2017, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

If you scroll the Music Player on the Main Page, you will hear me playing trombone with J.C. Moses on "The Theme" and "Blues in F" with the Nathan Davis Quartet from 1974.  Keep scrolling and you can listen to the ballad I wrote for J.C. the day he died sung by Andy Bey with my quartet featuring Roger Humphries (drums) and Dave LaRocca (bass).

You have indeed come to the right place.  enjoy and please feel free to comment on anything on this network.

At 3:05am on June 8, 2017, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 3:04am on June 8, 2017, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

At 3:04am on June 8, 2017, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Here's what I found:

Izenzon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and later received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music.[1]

Izenzon began playing double bass at the age of twenty-four.[2] He played in his hometown before moving to New York City in 1961.[2] There he played with Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Dixon, but he is best known for his association with Ornette Coleman, which began in October 1961.[2] He played in Coleman's Town Hall, 1962 concert and played with him frequently from 1965 to 1968,[2] often in a trio format with Charles Moffett. During this time Izenzon also recorded with Harold McNair and Yoko Ono. He taught music history at Bronx Community College from 1968 to 1971 and played with Perry Robinson and Paul Motian,[2] but reduced his time in music in 1972 when his son became ill. In 1973 Izenzon received a Ph.D. in psychotherapy from Northwestern University. The following year, he co-founded Potsmokers Anonymous with his wife, Pearl.[3] In 1975 he composed a jazz opera entitled How Music Can Save the World, dedicated to those who helped his son recover. From 1977 Izenzon worked again with Coleman and Motian, up

At 2:58am on June 8, 2017, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Welcome Ben,

I can't tell you how happy I am to have you as a member.. especially since you experienced 100 years of jazz.  do you know Fred Staton whom I believe is 102 or 103 and still playing in NYC.  He is Dakota's older brother.

I remember Dave Izenson in the late 1950s when he was going to Carnegie Tech.  Great bassist who also became a psychologist as did I.  He played and recorded extensively with Ornette Coleman.  He died in 1979 at age 47.


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