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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 5:21pm on August 8, 2008, Hallie said…
Hello darling!!!
At 6:15am on August 7, 2008, Alexander Peck said…
Hi Betsy, Thanks for the add. Hope to see you out on the seen.
Peace, Alex
At 11:54pm on July 31, 2008, CWR (Fan of Culture) said…
Thanks lady for the invite, Get at me sometime. Peace
At 8:16pm on July 30, 2008, Renee Fiallos said…
thanks for the add ms. betsy
At 5:27pm on July 30, 2008, Anicet Mundundu said…
Thank you Betsy for inviting me. I am so glad.

At 5:20pm on July 30, 2008, Rodney Kelley Sr said…
Thanks so much for the invite, much success to ya.
At 5:10pm on July 30, 2008, Ron Kearns said…
Thanks for the invitation Betsy.

At 4:07pm on July 30, 2008, Stix Nickson said…
Hi.......thanks for the invite........looking forward to hearing some great music....Let's Play !!!!!!!!!
At 3:14pm on July 30, 2008, Sydney Ellis said…
Hi Betsy,

Thanks for your email. We need people like you. Without fans we would just stay home and play.

At 10:45pm on July 22, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Love your art work. Check out members Elizabeth Betty Douglas and Pieronymus who are also artists. Add them as friends.



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