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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 12:29pm on April 4, 2010, JO TONGO said…

At 10:54pm on March 16, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison gave Brother Black a gift
At 4:09pm on September 3, 2009, Elizabeth "Betty" Asche Douglas said…
Thanks for the compliment. Look forward to seeing you in person one of these days. You might drop by the Society of Sculptors opening Saturday eve at Panza's in Millvale.
At 5:21pm on August 26, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
No just alot of folks wanting my next cd lol, I make my own.Now Im four months behind
At 7:15pm on August 23, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
got the wisdom teeth and the ones they crusded yanked now I actually feel better cant wait to start playing out again!
At 6:54pm on August 23, 2009, ROBERTA said…
Welcome friend. Hope to meet up with you . The pleasure will be mine, I'm sure. Isn't the PJN the coolest site in town? Dr. Harrison has a gold mine going for muscians and fans!
At 3:45pm on August 14, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
Thank you so much for answering my questions I know you dont have to either,teeth healing up quickly pulling one or two at a time I guess I can play out around this,not doing many just a few in very back and wisdom teeth,but had absses face was like a basketballl couldn't believe a human face could get that big and this was back in may.
Thia is what I meant by my insurance too way long too pass to get teeth pulled it just got approval last week.
At 11:36pm on August 12, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
Why did it take so long to go through I have Gateway ,was so sick last two weeks could do no more than just stay in bed that sucks docs though infection from antibiotics went to heart. Waited almost 4 months Im a bleeder decided pulling one or two at a time did 1 today yikes have to keep going back.
I need to play out got work around this this stinks.
At 8:06pm on August 11, 2009, Gypsy Piano Blues said…
Thanks so much ,Ive been down for awhile been ill because of teeth can you believe it while waiting for insurance to pass became ill because of (unfortuantely heart -thought it was antibiotics I was on for almost four months **(this is how long it took for the insurance to go through)and it was my heart prob I have)but I am getting back out there getting them (wisdom teeth pulled wed,12th playing Vandergrift Farmers market and then some venues slowly coming back out..hopefully everything goes smoothly....thank you for your kind words-much love-Gypsy
At 2:52pm on August 10, 2009, Melodic Revolution said…
Thank you for adding us to your list of friends. Please stop by and say hello anytime.
peace love and revolution



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