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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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Carol Segal Rein
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Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Howie Alexander, Tony Campbell, Shawnie Lake, Sean Jones, Tim Jenkins, Roger Barbour's group, Dan Wasson, Patrick Arena

Where are all of our wonderful vocalists???
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Backstage, of course. CJ's, Sassy Marie's, Monroeville Jazz Festival, outdoor concerts, and any of the great places that musicians gather. Help me find all of those wonderful venues that I haven't seen yet!!
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Retired psychiatric nurse who understands the personal therapeutic value of fine personal music. Thanks to all of the performers in Pittsburgh who let me in to their lives through their self-expressions.
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At 1:47am 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 on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 5:20am on June 24, 2008, Carol Segal Rein said…
I saw the group Straight Ahead on Tuesday and Sunday. They are entertaining and talented women- almost as if they were from Pittsburgh!
At 1:38am on June 24, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
We have an unofficial PJN Clubhouse at the Ava Lounge every Monday from 8:30p - midnight hosted by proprietor Justin Strong and the Howie Alexander Trio. This is the closest thing to a musicians' club we have had since the closing of the Crawford Grill #2, Please join us and you will meet many new vocalists and some veterans as well.
At 2:19am on June 3, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
There aren't many here yet but check out Adam Brock.
At 8:31am on June 2, 2008, Francis Bruce Marion, DC said…
Thank you for breathing so deep and giving so much love to the universe!!!!
At 3:42am on June 2, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Also Gwen Davis
At 3:41am on June 2, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Carol,

You have come to the right place. check through the membership and you will find a few of those wonderful vocalists and you can add them as friends. Opie Bellas, Anne Friedland, Michele Bensen, Kenia, Lilly Abreu, LaTanya williams, Jessie Wills, Sandy Staley, Adam Brock, Allan Harris, Gary Walker, Olga Watkins, Jessica Lee, Devorah Segal for starters. OK? Enjoy!



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